"Tryptophanatics" go crazy for college football's best Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games.
Thanksgiving weekend college football rivalry games are as much of a tradition as eating leftover turkey and falling into a tryptophan-induced coma on the couch.
The best games of the year are crammed into a holiday weekend like an extra slice of pie on an already overflowing plate. Naturally, the oldest and most bitter rivals have produced some of the most memorable moments in the sportâs history.
Chomp vs. Chop
The Gatorsâ chomp and Seminolesâ tomahawk chop are two of the most recognizable celebrations in all of sports â especially when done by UF Gator girls and FSU cowgirls.
Free Shoes University
The Olâ Ball Coach has a yap trap full of razor sharp one-liners. When he coached at Florida in the 1990s, Steve Spurrier gave the FSU acronym new meaning â referring to "Free Shoe University" after a Foot Locker scandal rocked Bobby Bowdenâs Seminoles.
The rivalry between Notre Dame and USC would not even exist if not for a train conversation that sparked a fast friendship between Irish coach Knute Rockneâs wife, Bonnie, and USC de facto athletic director Gwynn Wilsonâs wife, Marion. Returning from Nebraska, Mrs. Rockne thought a trip to Los Angeles would be more to her liking. The rest is history.
Punt, Bama, Punt
The Auburn Tigers rallied from a 16â0 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play to take down Bear Bryantâs undefeated No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1972 Iron Bowl. Bill Newton blocked two punts, which were both returned for TDs by David Langner....Forty years later, Alabama loon Harvey Updyke Jr. became the poster boy for sociopathic football fans when he poisoned the historic trees at Toomerâs Corner on Auburnâs campus.
âFrom the Emerald Isle,â the Irish club goes to the winner of the Notre Dame and USC intersectional rivalry. It is currently adorned with 43 Fighting Irish shamrocks and 35 Trojan heads and five combined medallions, representing NDâs 43â35â5 all-time edge since 1926 â although USC has won nine of the last 10 in the series.
The Ohio State loving âbest damn punk band in the landâ had a cult following in the early 2000s, bashing Michigan with songs like âWe Donât Give a Damn For the Whole State of Michigan,â âChad Henne is a Mother F****** Jokeâ and âI Hate Michigan.â
What do you get when you cross an Oregon Duck with an Oregon State Beaver? A duck-billed, beaver-tailed Platypus Trophy awarded the winner of the Civil War.
Beat the Farmers
Ole Miss students dress old money preppy, donning buttons and biting their thumbs at their âCow Collegeâ rivals from Mississippi State. The problem is that the Bulldogs are riding a three-game win streak and have beaten the Rebels five of the last seven meetings.
Bedlam âBets, Drugs, and Rock & Rollâ
In his 2007 book, offshore gambling maven Steve Budin claimed that in 1954 the Bedlam Series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M) had been fixed by mobsters who had paid a cook to poison Bud Wilkinsonâs undefeated Sooners with horse laxatives. The Cowboys (then Aggies) covered the spread but ultimately lost the game.
In 1961, the South Carolina chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity pulled an epic prank on its arch-rival Clemson. Roughly 50 frat boys dressed in orange and purple football uniforms and ran out onto the field prior to kickoff, as 47,000 confused Tigers fans cheered on the Gamecock imposters.
Conference realignment put an end to several of Thanksgiving weekendâs greatest historical rivalries.
Texas A&M vs. Texas
The Aggies headed to the SEC and will not play the Longhorns this year.
Missouri vs. Kansas
The Border War dates back to 1891. But sadly, it is no more.
West Virginia vs. Pitt
The Backyard Brawl dates back to 1895. But after WVUâs move to the Big 12, itâs over.