One of the best aspects of college football is its rivalries. Every year, fan bases gear up for one or two games that are extra special. Bragging rights over your arch-rival go a long way.
Some of the best rivalries are in-state ones, like Alabama-Auburn and Michigan-Michigan State. Others are geographical in nature, but played by neighbors, such as Ohio State-Michigan and Florida-Georgia. Still others are match-ups of traditional powers, regardless of location (think Notre Dame-USC).
As many outstanding rivalries as there are in college football, there are some ones we wish were played on a yearly basis. Some of these rivalries were killed totally by conference realignment. Others are traditionally played every few years as opposed to every season.
There are 10 match-ups we would absolutely love to see become annual rivalries. Like we said, some used to be, but aren't anymore. Then there's a couple that we would love to see be played yearly.
Let's take a look at the 10 below:
Notre Dame - Michigan
These are two of the most tradition-rich programs in college football. Michigan is first in all-time wins while the Fighting Irish are seventh. Despite the storied history of both schools, these teams have met only 42 times. Michigan leads the series 24-17-1.
That number sounds low, but after playing nine times between 1887-1909, the rivalry took a hiatus until 1942. The teams met in 1942 and 1943, but then didn't play again until 1978.
After playing every year from 2002-2014, the Irish and Wolverines haven't met since. That will change on Sept. 1 when they open up the 2018 season against each other. There will be plenty at stake, even in Week 1, and the environment in South Bend will be electric for a rare night game at Notre Dame Stadium.
Texas - Texas A&M
This is the first rivalry on our list that was devastated by conference realignment. From 1915-2011, these teams played every year. Overall, they have met 118 times, with Texas holding a 76-37-5 series lead.
However, once the Aggies jumped to the SEC in 2012, the annual game was off. It hasn't been played since, and despite ample support for its renewal, there's been no headway made to getting it restarted.
Consider us sad that this onetime Thanksgiving weekend tradition is no more. Someone in the Lone Star State please bring this game bacl.
Clemson - Georgia
These two teams have met 64 times, with Georgia leading the series 42-18-4. They played a home-and-home in 2013 and 2014, with the home team winning each time. They are supposed to play again soon, possibly as early as 2021.
Since then, Clemson has been to three-straight College Football Playoffs and won the national title in 2016. Georgia won the SEC last season and lost in the CFP national title game. Both of these programs are at elite status.
If these two teams met annually, there would be a lot on the line. The winner would boost its playoff resume, while the loser would have no margin for error going forward.
Missouri - Kansas
Okay, so Kansas football is bad. Even so, the "Border War" was a lot of fun in its day and it packed a ton of tradition and history.
When the series stopped after the 2011 season because Missouri--wait for it, moved to the SEC--it , it was the second-most-played rivalry in FBS history, with 120 games played. It was tightly contested too, with Missouri leading the series 57-54-9.
The most memorable recent edition of this rivalry came in 2007, when both teams entered the game undefeated and ranked in the top-five. Missouri won 36-28 to end the regular season as the No. 1 team in the BCS.
Pitt - West Virginia
The "Backyard Brawl" is one of the most prized artifacts from the old Big East. It is also another rivalry game ended by the mad rush conference realignment following the 2011 season. Thankfully, this series will be renewed from 2022-2025.
Pitt and West Virginia do not like each other. At all. The proximity of the two schools only helped fuel the intensity of the rivalry.
West Virginia won the last three meetings against the Panthers from 2009-11, but Mountaineer fans are still smiting from being stunned by the Panthers in 2007. Pitt's 13-9 win dashed second-ranked WVU's national title hopes.
Oklahoma - Nebraska
Oklahoma and Nebraska were conference cohorts in the Big Eight and Big 12 for decades. Overall, the teams met 86 times, including several classic battles.
The most famous showdown came in 1971. Known as "The Game of the Century," it featured the top-ranked Huskers against the No. 2 Sooners. Nebraska won 35-31 en route to its second-straight national championship.
These two teams last played in 2010, but the rivalry is coming back in 2021, 2022, 2029 and 2030.
Boise State - Oregon
These schools have only met three times, most recently in last year's Las Vegas Bowl, which Boise State won 38-28. But even with such limited history, their match-ups have been memorable.
In 2008, the Broncos won in Eugene on a 37-32 thriller thanks to quarterback Kellen Moore. In 2009, the two teams met in Boise in a game marred by LeGarrette Blount's infamous punch. Boise State won that night as well.
We'd love to see these two play more often, ideally every year. They both have fun uniforms, usually entertaining offenses and are two of the premier programs not just in the West but also nationally.
Notre Dame - Ohio State
These are two national powers, both based in the Midwest and with gigantic and passionate fan bases. They regularly compete against each other for recruits. And yet, the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes have only played six times ever.
Notre Dame won the first two meetings between the two schools way back in 1935 and 1936. Sixty years later, the Buckeyes returned the favor in 1995 and 1996. Since then, the two schools have played in a pair of Fiesta Bowls (2006, 2016) with OSU winning handily both times.
The odds of these schools eventually playing every year are slim, but they will have a home-and-home set in 2022 and 2023. That should be fun.
Clemson - Alabama
Three games in three years in the College Football Playoff. Two of those meetings decided the national title, and they were both classics. Do we need to go on?
Factor in that Dabo Swinney is thought to be a lock to replace Nick Saban when he steps down and the ties between these elite programs run deep. We'll take any clash we can get between them.
Right now, 'Bama and Clemson don't appear to have any plans to schedule each other in the future. They have a way of linking up anyway, which is great for college football.
Penn State - USC
The most accomplished program in the Northeast against the most accomplished program in the West. Two classic sets of uniforms. Lots of talent on display.
It is a wonder Penn State and USC haven't played more. Most recently, they hooked up for a 52-49 thriller in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago, with USC winning on a last-second field goal. USC also registered Rose Bowl victories over the Nittany Lions in 1923 and 2009, with PSU topping the Trojans in the 1982 Fiesta Bowl.
Believe it or not, these teams actually met in the regular season six times in the 1990s. Might we see them get together again at some point, outside of bowl season? We'd love it if they did.