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Predicting The Winners Of College Football's Biggest Rivalry Games In 2018

Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after an Ohio State-Michigan game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Without question, one of the best aspects of college football is its rivalries. These yearly battles for bragging rights bring out the best (and sometimes) the worst in fan bases. Without them, the sport wouldn't be as great as it is.

We're inching closer to the start of the 2018 college football season. Pretty soon, it will be time for the latest edition of the greatest rivalries the sport has to offer.

We looked ahead and made some predictions for 12 of the biggest rivalries in college football. Most of these games will have major conference title implications, while some will also impact the College Football Playoff chase.

You can check out our predictions below.

1. Michigan vs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame players kneeling on the sideline.

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Winner: Notre Dame

These rivals used to play annually, but that practice has stopped. Still, we can't wait to see this game, which might have more at stake than any other season opener. We like the Irish, led by a stout defense, to pull out a squeaker at home in prime time.

2. Oklahoma vs. Texas

Lincoln Riley standing with his Oklahoma football players on the sideline.

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Winner: Oklahoma

Oklahoma has clearly been the better program of these two over the last four years, but all four matchups have been close, and Texas even won in 2015. We'll take OU, but it won't be long before Tom Herman beats his biggest rival.

3. Penn State vs. Ohio State

Penn State fans in whiteout game against Ohio state.

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Winner: Penn State

This game, scheduled for Sept. 29, will shape the Big Ten title chase. We like the Nittany Lions to win in front of a raucous home crowd.

4. Auburn vs. Georgia

Nick Chubb tackled by an Auburn player.

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Winner: Georgia

Auburn emphatically took down Georgia at home last season, with the Bulldogs returning the favor in the SEC Championship Game. We'll take Georgia at home in this year's meeting of the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.

5. Michigan State vs. Michigan

Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.

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Winner: Michigan

Call this one a hunch. Michigan State, coming off a huge road win at Penn State, returns home to face a Michigan team that already has two losses (Notre Dame, Wisconsin). Jim Harbaugh finally gets a much-needed rivalry win.

6. Iowa vs. Nebraska

Iowa football players walk out onto the field.

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Winner: Iowa

Scott Frost is going to win some big games at Nebraska, but his first year will be an adjustment period. Iowa closes out the 2018 regular season with a rivalry win over the Huskers at Kinnick.

7. Clemson vs. South Carolina

Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Winner: Clemson

The Tigers are a national title contender once again. South Carolina looks like a program on the rise, but it won't be enough to win this rivalry game.

8. Florida vs. Florida State

Florida State's mascot running on the field before a game.

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Winner: Florida State

Both teams should be much better in 2018 than they were last year. We'll take the 'Noles at home in a close one.

9. Ohio State vs. Michigan

Curtis Samuel running for a touchdown against Michigam.

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Winner: Ohio State

Jim Harbaugh has gone 0-fer against his biggest rival. The fourth time won't be the charm, not in Columbus with a potential College Football Playoff berth on the line for the Buckeyes.

10. Alabama vs. Auburn

Derrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes against Carlton Davis #18 and Kris Frost #17 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.

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Winner: Alabama

The Iron Bowl will decide the SEC West once again. Alabama gets revenge after losing to the Tigers last year by winning in Tuscaloosa.

11. UCLA vs. USC

UCLA defender looks to break up a pass to USC wide receiver in the major Pac-12 football rivalry game.

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Winner: USC

USC has won three straight against its local rivals. They'll make it four in 2018.

12. Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly shaking hands with Stanford coach David Shaw after a game.

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Winner: Notre Dame

The Cardinal has crushed Notre Dame's playoff hopes two of the last three seasons and has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two schools. Notre Dame having this game at home and early in the season (Sept. 29) helps the Irish get the win.