- College rivalry
Pairs of schools, colleges and universities, especially when they are close to each other either geographically or in their areas of specialization, often establish a college rivalry with each other over the years. This rivalry can extend to both academics and athletics, the latter being typically more well known to the general public. These schools place an added emphasis on emerging victorious in any event that includes their rival. This may include the creation of a special trophy or other commemoration of the event. While many of these rivalries have arisen spontaneously, some have been created by college officials in efforts to sell more tickets and support their programs.
- Prince Alfred College and St Peter's College
Each sport has an annual intercollegiate showdown between the two prestigious schools, known as the "Intercol". These are considered by the two colleges to be the most important games of the season, and the fiercely fought matches draw big crowds of students and old scholars from both schools. The Intercols have been played for over 100 years. The Cricket Intercollegiate match has been competed in since 1878. According to Richard Sproull this is "the oldest unbroken annual contest in the history of cricket" (Weekend Australian 5/6 December 1992).
- Nudgee College and Gregory Terrace
In 1991, the following legend was printed in the Centennial Rugby Programme, dubbed - "The Battle of The Colours", for the 100th anniversary of the annual Nudgee vs Terrace rugby match.
- Université catholique de Louvain and Université Libre de Bruxelles.
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Rivalry starts in the 1830s when the Free University of Brussels is created as non-religious and freethinking university whereas the old Catholic University of Leuven - refounded in 1835 - remains under the Church's control. Rivalry has survived the splitting of the two institutions on linguistic grounds (Dutch-speaking vs. French speaking) in 1968 (Leuven) and 1970 (Brussels). Nowadays control of the Church on the two catholic has diminished and these universities are largely puralistic, accepting students and professors from all religions and backgrounds, but the rivalry with Brussels' universities remains. It is mainly concentrated in academics and student folkore as intercollegiate sports competition is not very developed in Belgium.
- University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University
- University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University
Historically, the two institutions compete at the Annual Red/Blue Bowl Football Game, which attracts alumni and many students from both universities. Other rivalries exist in hockey, rowing and academics, which both score quite well.
- Universidad de Chile and Universidad Catolica de Chile
- Peking University and Tsinghua University
- Wah Yan College, Kowloon and La Salle College - Battle of Hong Kong,rivalry between students and alumni of two leading Catholic high schools in all facets of life.
The "Critérium" of the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) is an annual multi-sport competition between the 9 IEPs. It is traditionally held on the last weekend of March with the host city changing every year. It is the occasion for the IEPs located in French regions to challenge the more prestigious IEP Paris (known as "Sciences Po"). A final opposing Paris to, for example, Lyon would see students from all over France cheering for Lyon, especially with the anthem "Province unie, tous contre Paris !" ("Province united, all against Paris !", the "province" being a somewhat pejorative term used to designate any place in France outside of Paris). The Paris students would respond by boasting their status as a Grande école and élite institution.
ESSEC Business School and HEC Paris have been fierce rivals with HEC topping most rankings and ESSEC often coming second. However, ESSEC has long been considered an entrepreneurial powerhouse, more dynamic and open-minded than HEC, whilst the latter has constantly been accused of snobbish attitudes due to the elitist mindset of its student population. Whether either assumptions are true or false, those two schools have produced the elite of French business circles, alongside the other "Parisian" business school ESCP-EAP, Sciences Po Paris and leading engineering institutes such as the Ecole Polytechnique.
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara and Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
- SASTRA University, Thanjavur and National Institute of Technology, Trichy,Trichy
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
- Symbiosis Law School, Pune and ILS Law College, Pune.
- Loyola College, Chennai and Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai.
- PSG college of technology, Coimbatore and Coimbatore institute of technology, Coimbatore.
- VJTI and ICT, Mumbai
- Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad and Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad.
- University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin
- Kyoto University and Tokyo University —dating back to 1869, the oldest in the country; primarily an academic rivalry since 1950s.
- Keio University and Waseda University —known as Soukeisen, baseball and rugby football rivalry.
- Meiji University and Waseda University —known as Soumeisen, baseball and rugby football rivalry.
- Sekolah Menengah Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah and MRSM Taiping
University Athletic Association of the Philippines
- Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University-Manila (Ateneo-La Salle rivalry)
— UAAP Men's Basketball, started in NCAA Men's Basketball.
- Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines Diliman (The Battle of Katipunan)
— UAAP Men's Basketball.
- Far Eastern University and University of the East (The Battle of the East)
— UAAP Men's Basketball
- University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines Diliman (The Cheerdance Rivals or The Battle of the Church and the State)
— UAAP Cheerdance Competition
- De La Salle University-Manila and University of Santo Tomas (La Salle-UST rivalry)
— UAAP Women's Volleyball, UAAP Men's Basketball, UAAP Men's and Women's Tennis
National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines)
- Current rivalries
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College (Letran - San Beda rivalry)
— NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Mapúa Institute of Technology (The "new" Battle of Intramuros)
— NCAA Men's Basketball
— NCAA Cheerdance Competition
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Sebastian College - Recoletos (The Letran-Baste rivalry)
— NCAA Men's Basketball
- De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and San Beda College
— NCAA Soccer
- San Sebastian College - Recoletos and San Beda College
— NCAA Men's Basketball
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College (Letran - San Beda rivalry)
- Old rivalries
- Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle College
— currently in UAAP Men's Basketball.
- Ateneo de Manila University and San Beda College
— previously in NCAA Men's Basketball.
- Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines Manila (The "old" Battle of Intramuros)
— previously in NCAA Men's Basketball
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran and De La Salle College
— previously NCAA Men's Basketball
- Mapúa Institute of Technology and San Beda College
— NCAA Juniors Basketball
- Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle College
- Royal College Colombo and S. Thomas' College, Mt Lavinia, the Royal-Thomian annual cricket match since 1879.
- See main article at Royal-Thomian rivalry
- Dharmaraja College, Kandy and Kingswood College, Kandy, the annual cricket encounter Battle of the Maroons since 1893
- Royal College Colombo and Trinity College, Kandy for the annaul Bradby Shield Encounter since 1920
- National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University, Mei-Chu Tournament.
- National Sun Yat-sen University, National Chung Hsing University and National Cheng Kung University
- Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University, Chula–Thammasat Traditional Football Match
- Assumption College, Bangkok Christian College, Debsirin School and Suankularb Wittayalai School, Jaturamitr Samakkee Football Cup
- Middle East Technical University and Bogazici University
- Faculty of Law and Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University
-The two faculties are situated side by side. When İnek Bayramı (Literal meaning, The Cow Festival, idiomatic meaning: The Nerd festival), the traditional festival of the Faculty of Political Sciences is being celebrated, the booing from the Faculty of Law is also a long tradition.
- Oxford and Cambridge, dating back to the 13th century; see Oxford and Cambridge rivalry, Blue (university sport), the Boat Race, The Varsity Match, the Rugby League Varsity Match, and the Ice Hockey Varsity Match.
- Colleges within each University are also known to nurture keen rivalries, such as that between Oriel College, Oxford and Pembroke College, Oxford, centred around rowing, that between Exeter College, Oxford and Jesus College, Oxford, both being directly opposite each other on Turl Street, or that between Brasenose College, Oxford and Lincoln College, Oxford, one of two pairs of "semi-detached" colleges in Oxbridge - the other being Balliol College and Trinity College in Broad Street, Oxford. Another keen rivalry is that between St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and the Queen's College, Oxford, dating back to the time when the Queen's College owned St Edmund Hall. In Cambridge, rivalries exist between Trinity and St John's, the two richest colleges of the university (Trinity the richer, with an endowment of about £700 million, more than three times that of St John's). Rivalries have also been established between Colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, such as that between Robinson College, Cambridge, and St Catherine's College, Oxford.
- Whitgift School and Trinity School of John Whitgift
- Royal School of Mines and Camborne School of Mines, take part in the annual Bottle match.
- Hatfield College and University College, Durham
- Eton College and Harrow School, an annual cricket match that has been held at Lord's Cricket Ground since 1805.
- Stonyhurst College and Ampleforth College annual matches in cricket, rugby union and other sports. Stonyhurst is a Jesuit school and Ampleforth is a Benedictine school, and the rivalry probably originally came into being through that between the two Roman Catholic orders.
- Newcastle Royal Grammar School and Dame Allan's School
- University of York and Lancaster University, : the Roses Tournament, in honour of the Wars of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster. The University of York also has a rivalry with York St John University
- Cardiff University and Swansea University, the Welsh Varsity
- King's College London and University College London
- Norwich School and Gresham's School
- Ampleforth College and Sedbergh School
- University of Bath and Loughborough University, The Real Varsity Match
- Newcastle University and Northumbria University - The Stan Calvert Cup
- University of Southampton and University of Portsmouth - The Varsity - an annual event in 58 different sports
- Newcastle University and Durham University - Northumbrian Water University Boat Race
- Bradford University and King's College London - The Tolstoy Cup
- Stamford School and Uppingham School
- Oakham School and Uppingham School
- Royal Grammar School, Worcester and King's School, Worcester in the "Modus Cup".
- University of Warwick and Coventry University
- University of Manchester and University of Salford - Annual Boat Race
- University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University Annual series in ten sports
- University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moore's universityandLiverpool Hope University
- Glenalmond College and Strathallan School
- Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Surrey, the recently inaugurated "Surrey Bowl" Primarily between the respective universities' American Football teams.
- University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University
- Bedford School and Bedford Modern School
- Westminster School and St. Paul's School
- Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone
- Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary, University of London in "The Merger Cup"
- St. Paul's School and King's College School, primarily in rugby but also in other sports including football (soccer) and cricket.
- King's College School and Royal Grammar School, Guildford, primarily in rugby where they compete for the Hillers-Hutchison Shield.
- The King's School, Canterbury and King's College School, one of the oldest fixtures in each school's fixture list.
- Tonbridge School and Wellington College, more prominently in rugby, the rugby season finishes with the annual fixture between the two schools. The current headmaster of Wellington Anthony Seldon is an Old Tonbridgian.
- University of East Anglia and University of Essex, Derby Day, an annual multi-sport event with the venue alternating each year.
- The Ravensbourne School, Bishop Justus and Ravens Wood
School rivalries are important in the United States, especially in intercollegiate sports.
- North Carolina-Duke rivalry
- Virginia–Virginia Tech rivalry
- South's Oldest Rivalry (Virginia vs. North Carolina)
- Commonwealth Cup (Virginia vs. Virginia Tech)
- Georgia Tech vs. Clemson
- Battle of the Techs (Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech)
- Clemson vs. NC State (The Textile Bowl)
- NC State vs. North Carolina
- North Carolina vs. Duke (The Battle of Tobacco Road)
- Florida State vs. Miami
- Boston College vs. Clemson (The Leather Helmet Game)
- Virginia Tech vs. Miami
- Virginia Tech vs. Boston College
America East rivalries
Basketball is typically the hot-button sport in the America East Conference, though most rivalries bridge across all sports. The most notable rivalries include:
- University at Albany and Binghamton University, also known as the I-88 Rivalry because of their geographic proximity.
- University at Albany and University of Vermont mostly in men's basketball, due to the successes these two teams have had in the 2000s.
- University at Albany and University of Maryland, Baltimore County mostly in women's volleyball and men's lacrosse due to their intense, post-season matches. Recently in men's basketball when Albany fans spewed offensive singes toward a UMBC player on February 20, 2008 in Albany, NY.
- University at Albany and Siena College
- University of Hartford and University of Maryland, Baltimore County both men's and women's basketball.
- University of New Hampshire and University of Maine More notorious for it's hockey rivalry, the Maine-New Hampshire rivalry bleeds into other sports as well.
Big East rivalries
The Big East Conference, originally founded as a basketball conference, has evolved into a league of 16 Division I schools, of which eight play Division I Football Bowl Subdivision–level football within the conference. The conference, while centered in the northeast, is also geographically diverse, stretching from Florida to New England and across the Midwest. This has created a variety of sectional and intersectional rivalries. The most traditional basketball rivalry in the Big East Conference is Georgetown University versus Syracuse University, while the most notable football rivalry is the Backyard Brawl involving the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.
Big Ten rivalries
Universities in the Big Ten Conference in the Midwest have more rivalries than Universities in the Southeast. In football, these rivalries are usually marked by traveling trophies, which are indicated in the list below:
- Indiana University and Michigan State University—The Old Brass Spittoon
- Michigan State University and Pennsylvania State University—The Land Grant Trophy
- Northwestern University and University of Illinois—Competed for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk from 1945 through 2008. Because of NCAA rules regarding Native American imagery, the trophy has been retired, with the schools competing for the new Land of Lincoln Trophy from 2009 onward.
- Ohio State University and University of Illinois—The Illibuck (a statue of a turtle)
- Ohio State University and Penn State University — There is no trophy here, but these teams play every year in the Big Ten. The first meeting between these two teams dates back to the early 1900s. Ohio State's 24-7 victory last season on 11/7/09 gave the Buckeyes the series lead at 13-12-2.
- Purdue University and Indiana University—The Old Oaken Bucket (football), The Crimson & Gold Cup (all sports), (see Indiana-Purdue rivalry)
- University of Illinois and Purdue University—The Purdue Cannon
- University of Iowa and University of Minnesota—Floyd of Rosedale (a bronze statue of a pig)
- University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin—Heartland Trophy (a bronze statue of a bull)
- University of Michigan and Ohio State University—ESPN calls the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the greatest sports rivalry of the 20th century. According to legend, its history can be traced back to the Toledo War.
- University of Michigan and Michigan State University—Paul Bunyan Trophy
- University of Michigan and University of Minnesota—The Little Brown Jug
- University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University—There is no trophy rivalry here, but the teams have been rivals since Penn State joined the Big Ten due to their similar football histories.
- University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University—Governor's Victory Bell
- University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin—Paul Bunyan's Axe This is the oldest and most played rivalry in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (NCAA Football Division 1A).
Big 12 rivalries
Rivalries in the Big 12 Conference include:
- Baylor University and Texas A&M University—College football's Battle of the Brazos. This is one of several rivalries likely to become dormant due to Texas A&M's move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 2012.
- Iowa State University and University of Missouri — Since 1959, the Telephone Trophy has been awarded to the annual winner of this football game.
- University of Kansas and Kansas State University—The Sunflower Showdown includes all athletic events between the two schools. The Governor's Cup is awarded to the victor of the football game.
- University of Kansas and University of Missouri—The Border War includes all athletic events between the two schools. The rivalry ostensibly traces its roots to the 1850s, when skirmishes – widely known as "border wars" – between the two states marked the beginning of the Civil War. This is the oldest continuous football rivalry west of the Mississippi, and the second oldest in Division I FBS history.
- University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University—The Bedlam Series encompasses all athletic contests between the two schools.
- University of Texas and Texas A&M University—The Lone Star Showdown involves all athletic contests between the two schools. However, due to Texas A&M's upcoming move to the SEC, the football version of the rivalry will likely go dormant until at least 2018.
- University of Texas and Texas Tech University Since 1996, the Chancellor's Spurs have been awarded to the annual winner of this football game.
- University of Texas and University of Oklahoma—College football's Red River Shootout. The two teams play annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, with the fans of each side divided by the 50-yard line. The "Golden Hat" trophy is awarded to the winner.
Other rivalries involving Big 12 schools include:
- University of Missouri and University of Nebraska — The Missouri–Nebraska Rivalry is the second oldest football rivalry in the Big 12 Conference and third oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River. However, it is now dormant after Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.
- University of Nebraska and University of Oklahoma— This rivalry was once one of the most storied rivalries in the history of college football, highlighted by the 1971 "Game of the Century" between #1 Nebraska and #2 Oklahoma. However, the rivalry diminished somewhat after the conference expanded in 1996 placing the two teams in separate divisions ceasing it being played annually and may have ended in 2010 due to Nebraska joining the Big Ten. No future games are scheduled at least until 2020 where the two may meet but nothing has been confirmed.
Colonial Athletic Association rivalries
Rivalries in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) include:
- Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University are said to have one of the best rivalries in basketball in the mid-majors
- College of William & Mary and University of Richmond. Football rivalry dates to 1898 and is named the Capital Cup.
- University of Delaware and Villanova University. Football rivalry dates to 1895 and is named the Battle of the Blue.
- George Mason University and James Madison University. Rivalry in Basketball. JMU has the all time lead but Mason has won 22 out of the last 25 games.
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- United States Naval Academy and Princeton University, a traditional rivalry seen now most evidently in Lightweight Rowing, compete annually for the Murtaugh Cup and Waterpolo where both schools commonly play each for the League Championship. Navy defeated Princeton for the 2009 and 2008 Championship.
- United States Military Academy and Yale University, the proximity of these two institutions and the success of their football programs earlier in the century led to a bitter rivalry.
- Columbia University and Fordham University; New York City's Division I FCS football programs compete annually for the Liberty Cup
- Cornell University and Colgate University, primarily in football and hockey. Colgate's sports teams were named the "Red Raiders" in response to Cornell's "Big Red". Colgate and Cornell have played 119 football games against one another and 127 hockey since 1958; Cornell leads both series.
- Cornell University and *Harvard University, primarily a men's ice hockey rivalry
- Cornell University and *Hobart College— one of the oldest rivalries in college lacrosse.
- Cornell University and Princeton University— men's lacrosse rivalry dating to 1922; the two school have won at least a share of 42 Ivy League titles; Princeton holds a 35-30-2 advantage in the all-time series.
- Cornell University and *University of Pennsylvania— football rivalry dating to 1893; for a time played on Thanksgiving; since 2000, the winner has been awarded the Trustees Cup.
- Yale University and *Harvard University the season-ending football contest is simply called The Game, dating back to 1875.
- Princeton University and *University of Pennsylvania— (men's basketball, football). The 2008 season was the first since 1989 that neither Penn nor Princeton won the Ivy League men's basketball championship.
- United States Merchant Marine Academy and United States Coast Guard Academy— (football) in the Secretaries Cup.
- United States Military Academy (Army) and United States Naval Academy (Navy)— (football) in the Army–Navy Game (itself part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition with the United States Air Force Academy (Air Force))
The Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) falls neatly into six regional pairings, leading to strong natural rivalries. Three of these pairs are cross-state rivals, one pair is within the same metropolitan region (San Francisco Bay Area), and one pair vies for bragging rights within the same city (Los Angeles).
- Arizona: University of Arizona and Arizona State University— (All Sports) . Plays in the "Duel in the Desert". The two teams compete for the oldest trophy in the nation, The Territorial Cup, given as a reward to the victor of the game.
- Oregon: University of Oregon and Oregon State University— (All Sports) in the Civil War. This is the seventh-longest rivalry game in college football history. The alumni association of the winning school receives the Platypus Trophy, a wooden trophy that had been lost for more than 40 years before being rediscovered in 2005.
- Washington: University of Washington and Washington State University— (All Sports). The winner of the annual football game between the two schools wins the Apple Cup.
- Metropolitan San Francisco: University of California (Cal) and Stanford University (all sports)— in the Big Game (football) for The Stanford Axe. The 1982 incarnation of this matchup involved the celebrated ending known simply as "The Play."
- Los Angeles: University of Southern California (USC) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (all sports) In (football): The Crosstown Showdown for the Victory Bell (See UCLA-USC rivalry)
- Rocky Mountains: University of Colorado and University of Utah. The Colorado–Utah rivalry in football was one of the most prominent rivalries from the early to mid-20th century. It was discontinued after 1962, but with both schools joining the Pac-12 in 2011, it is set to be revived.
Other Pac-12 rivalries:
- University of California (Cal) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (all sports) - The schools are the highest rated universities in the University of California system and compete in the biggest "intra-university" rivalry in the nation. Cal is also the "older brother" of UCLA as UCLA was the Southern Branch of the University of California. Because of UCLA's origins with Cal, many Berkeley elements influenced the UCLA campus. Some UCLA traditions can be traced to the early 1920s, when the campus was known as the Southern Branch of the University of California.
- University of Oregon and University of Washington— (football) an unofficial rivalry that has grown up between the two of the four programs in the Pacific Northwest
- University of Arizona and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (basketball) - In the mid-1990s, Arizona and UCLA, as the two strongest teams in the Pac-10, often clashed for dominance in the conference and for the conference championship.
- Stanford University and University of Southern California (USC) - Two of the major private universities in California and the only two private schools in the Pac-12, these two schools are highly competitive in most sports. Recent football upsets of the long successful Trojans (24-23 Stanford in 2007, the biggest point-spread upset in NCAA football history and an end to USC's 6-year home winning streak and 55-21 in 2009, the most points ever scored against the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) have led to a rekindling of the long-standing rivalry.
Additional non-conference rivalries involving Pac-12 schools (the most famous of which is arguably Notre Dame-Southern Cal) can be found in other sections of this article.
Notre Dame rivalries
The University of Notre Dame has numerous football rivals, the most notable of which include:
- Boston College—A game between the only two Catholic colleges that have Football Bowl Subdivision football programs. They compete for the Ireland Trophy. The rivalry has also been dubbed "The Holy War"
- Michigan State University—a series that includes one of several "Games of the Century", the 1966 matchup that ended in a 10-10 tie. The teams play for the Megaphone Trophy.
- Northwestern University—a rivalry that had its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s and even featured a Shillelagh trophy much like the ones that go to the winner of the Notre Dame-USC and Notre Dame-Purdue games. This rivalry game has been played infrequently in recent years.
- Purdue University—The Shillelagh Trophy
- University of Miami—initially an easy win for the Irish, became a rivalry that was at its peak in the 80's and often held national title implications. See also: Catholics vs. Convicts.
- University of Michigan—a game between two of the winningest college football programs of all time.
- United States Military Academy (Army)—a rivalry that used to be held almost every year in the 1940s and 1950s, when the two were two of the top schools in the nation.
- United States Naval Academy (Navy)—an annual event that almost always results in a Notre Dame win[weasel words]—Navy won this game in 2007 for the first time since 1963, and again in 2009—but is one of the longer-running series in college football and is always hard-fought on both sides. The two schools are the longest-standing independents in Division I FBS.
- University of Pittsburgh—longtime rivals that share Big East conference affiliations (except in football). Many of Notre Dame's most famed talents such as Joe Montana, Lou Holtz and Johnny Lujack hail from the Pittsburgh area. The "public vs. private" aspect as well as always having opposing team members that have played with or against each other since grade school has given the contest a unique distinction of dividing neighborhoods or even families during a fall Saturday.
- University of Southern California—Playing for the Jeweled Shillelagh, it is a game between two of the three teams with the most Heisman Trophies. See also: Notre Dame – USC rivalry
- Georgia Tech Played on and off since the early mid-20th Century as a North vs. South rivalry of sorts. Last played in 2006 & 2007 with one win each.
Additionally, Notre Dame has a traditional rivalry with UCLA in basketball.
- Illinois and Missouri
- Indiana and Ohio
- Iowa State University and University of Iowa — This bitter intrastate rivalry is played out in nearly every sport for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series trophy, an annual athletic competition involving all head-to-head regular season competitions between the two archrivals from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences. In football, the Cyclones and Hawkeyes compete annually for the Cy-Hawk Trophy.
- Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Drake University play in the state's mythical Big Four Series.
- Drake University and University of Northern Iowa play for the DUNI Trophy.
- Iowa and Nebraska
- Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University The most fierce rivalry of NCAA Division II sports in the Midwest; The Anchor-Bone Classic trophy is awarded to the winner of this historic battle.
- Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University — Winner receives the CMU–WMU Rivalry Trophy; often cited as the greatest rivalry in American collegiate football among the mid-majors.
- Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan University — Intrastate rivalry. Winner of head-to-head round-robin receives the Michigan MAC Trophy for football and men's basketball
- Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University — (hockey) once two major hockey powerhouses, these two Upper Peninsula schools have no problem showing up at the other's home ice arena three hours away.
- Calvin–Hope rivalry — Notable Division III basketball rivalry
- Hope College and Kalamazoo College — The Wooden Shoe Rivalry
- Creighton University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln — Battle between the only two Division I schools in the state of Nebraska. This rivalry is exacerbated by the fact that one is a private and Catholic school and the other is the primary public university in the state. Also, Omaha and Lincoln represent the two largest cities in Nebraska, separated by only roughly 50 miles (80 km). Primarily a basketball rivalry, although baseball has become a heated sport of contention within the last ten years.
- University of Nebraska-Kearney and University of Nebraska-Omaha— Mostly a football and Wrestling rivalry. Both schools are almost always in the top five in Division II Wrestling. The football teams play for the Nebraska Bell a trophy that was introduced to the Football rivalry in 2002. Omaha has the series 25-8 over Kearney.
- North Dakota and South Dakota
- North Dakota State University and South Dakota State University — These two interstate rivals play for the Dakota Marker, markers were placed along the ND/SD border after they were split apart in 1889. The Dakota Marker rivalry was announced after both teams entered Division I sports in 2004, playing the first Dakota Marker Game.
- Central State University and Wilberforce University
- Kent State University and University of Akron — Battle for the Wagon Wheel
- Miami University and University of Cincinnati — Football rivalry for the Victory Bell; oldest west of the Allegheny Mountains, since 1888
- Miami University and Ohio University — "Battle of the Bricks" all-sports rivalry
- University of Cincinnati and Xavier University — Two schools located 3 miles (4.8 km) apart from each other, one public, the other Catholic, makes for a vicious college basketball rivalry. The game is known as the Crosstown Shootout
- University of Dayton and Xavier University — Two Catholic schools in southwest Ohio, both members of the Atlantic 10, battle in basketball for the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy.
- University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University — Known as the "Battle of I-75"; winner gets the Peace Pipe
- Wright State University and University of Dayton
- South Dakota
- Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology — Two schools located in the Black Hills region, one liberal arts, one engineering science, less than 50 miles (80 km) apart, are fierce rivals in all sports, but the football game is called the Black Hills Brawl; winner gets the Homestake Trophy.
- Marquette University and University of Wisconsin–Madison — There is an annual showdown between these college basketball rivals.
- University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Marquette University — This rivalry is fought in most sports, but most intense is men's soccer, where they battle for the Milwaukee Cup.
- See also: #Big East rivalries (above)
- New Jersey
- Rutgers University and Seton Hall University, a rivalry played out solely between the two institutions' men's basketball teams.
- Princeton University and Rutgers University, Despite their long-standing football rivalry dating back to the first intercollegiate football game in 1869, these two schools have not met on the gridiron since 1980. They continue to compete in every other sport. The two universities also continue this rivalry off the field in one of the longer running intercollegiate prank wars, the Rutgers–Princeton Cannon War.
- New York
- Buffalo Big 4 Basketball – University at Buffalo, Canisius College, Niagara University, St. Bonaventure University
- The New School university's art and design college, Parsons School of Design, and Fashion Institute of Technology; academic rivalry in the area of fashion, one that is contested annually in the Fushion Fashion Show.
- Manhattan College and Fordham University; Primarily a basketball rivalry, between these two New York City catholic Schools. Also known as the Battle of the Bronx. Its 100th basketball game was played on November 28, 2007.
- Marist College and Siena College; Many fans and sportswriters dubbed this match-up as "The Battle of I-87" because of the two hour proximity of each school on Interstate 87 highway (Coincidentally, the approximate distance between the two is 87.4 miles). It is said that no other two colleges in the Mid-Hudson Region have a hatred and distaste for one another than the Marist Red Foxes and Siena Saints. Although this rivalry exist in all sports, it is most heated during the basketball season. Whether it's held at McCann Field House or the Times Union Center, both school's visiting fans come in droves, so eventfully conflicts are bound to happen on the court or in the stands. In 2009, the two school's club-level ice hockey teams established the 87 Challenge Cup, an annual three game round-robin challenge for a replica I-87 road sign; both of the team's logos and winning years are engraved on the back. Siena leads that series 2-1.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ("RPI") and Union College — (football) for the Dutchman's Shoes — the oldest college football rivalry in New York state
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University (ice hockey)
- University of Rochester and Washington University in St. Louis two of the top D3 Basketball Programs—UAA
- St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University (ice hockey)
- University at Albany (SUNY Albany) and Binghamton University (most sports, especially basketball)
- University at Albany (SUNY Albany) and Siena College (men's basketball) for the Albany Cup
- SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College (football) for the Cortaca Jug
- SUNY New Paltz and Marist College (woman's rugby). The two schools are separated by only the Mid-Hudson Bridge, face off each year in the Metropolitan New York Rugby Union rugby finals.
- St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College East Avenue rivals in Pittsford, New York
- Syracuse University and Cornell University, primarily in lacrosse. The two schools are separated by an hour and faced off in the classic 2009 NCAA lacrosse championship game.
- Rochester Institute of Technology and Canisius College (violent ice hockey history)
- Philadelphia Big 5—annual basketball series involving Philadelphia area teams: La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, Villanova University
- Two of the three Catholic schools in the Big Five, Saint Joseph's and Villanova, have their own rivalry known as The Holy War.
- University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University — A traditional football rivalry for both schools, the teams have not played each other since 2000 and are not currently scheduled to play each other in the future. The rivalry continues to exist in other sports and between alumni and fans.
- University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University play the annual City Game in college basketball.
- University of Pittsburgh and Villanova University is a intraconference basketball rivalry that has existed since both schools were members of the Eastern Eight.
- Lehigh University and Lafayette College most played and longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football: as of 2005[update], 141 matchups, and played at least once every year since 1897. See The Rivalry.
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University
- Cheyney University and Lincoln University— The two oldest black colleges or HBCU in America. The schools compete in everything athletic or academic. Two teams compete annually in the heated thanksgiving weekend Basketball game. The reinstatement of Lincoln's football program will add more fire to the rivalry.
- Bloomsburg University and East Stroudsburg University—Division 2 football
- Haverford College and Swarthmore College winner of the most games against each other receives Hood Trophy.
- Ursinus College and Franklin & Marshall College
- Franklin & Marshall College and Dickinson College "Conestoga Wagon Cup" - winner historically received a Conestoga Wagon that was passed between the two schools; however, in 2000 when Franklin & Marshall won the game, the Wagon was retired to the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, but the game is still played each year close to Homecoming.
- Philadelphia Big 5—annual basketball series involving Philadelphia area teams: La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, Villanova University
- New England
- The Beanpot — a college ice hockey tournament involving four Boston-area schools and held at the city's main arena, TD Garden: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University
- Ivy League schools – see #Ivy League and service academy rivalries (above)
- Amherst College and Williams College — known as "The Biggest Little Game in America"
- Colby College, Bates College and Bowdoin College or Colby-Bates-Bowdoin — one of New England's oldest rivalries, dating to 1889, these three rivals originated after being baptized as "Little Ivies" situated in rural Maine.
- Harvard and Yale — Older than The Game by 23 years, the Harvard-Yale Regatta was the original source of the athletic rivalry between the two schools.
- University of New Hampshire and University of Maine the New Hampshire–Maine hockey rivalry is one of the most intense NCAA ice hockey rivalries and there is also a season ending football rivalry game between the two schools for the Brice-Cowell Musket.
- Ivy League schools – see #Ivy League and service academy rivalries (above)
- United States Military Academy (Army) and United States Naval Academy (Navy)— (football) in the Army–Navy Game (itself part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition with the United States Air Force Academy (Air Force)
- University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University — known as the Backyard Brawl
- Syracuse University and Georgetown University traditional basketball rivals, dating to pre-Big East
- University of Pittsburgh vs Syracuse University is a longstanding annual eastern and intraconference rivalry in both football, played continuously since 1955, and basketball.
- Penn State University and Syracuse University and Penn State University and West Virginia University; two northeastern football rivalries that are now played infrequently since Penn State joined the Big 10 Conference.
- Rutgers University and University of Connecticut, a growing rivalry in football and a heated rivalry in women's basketball between the two Big East Conference schools.
- University of Pittsburgh and University of Cincinnati - One of the newest rivalries in the Big East and known as the River City Rivalry, the winner is awarded the Paddlewheel Trophy. The latest game (in 2009) had Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, both ranked in the Top 25, playing for, essentially, the Big East championship and a BCS bowl berth.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in pranks and academics
- Princeton University and Syracuse University— the two teams have clinched 14 NCAA men's lacrosse div. I champions in last two decades; two powerhouses ties NCAA div. I championship series, 2-2.
- Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University, a major NCAA men's lacrosse rivalry. The two schools combine for 20 national titles and have a heated rivalry against each other.
Universities in the Southeastern U.S., including those in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Southeastern Conference, Southern Conference, and Sun Belt Conference, have perhaps the most complex jumble of rivalries, many associated with annual football games, and often with colorful nicknames:
- Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University — "The Magic City Classic", played annually in Birmingham. ASU also has a long-running rivalry with nearby Tuskegee University, "The Turkey Day Classic" played each Thanksgiving Day.
- Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University — the annual football game known as The Battle for the Old Mountain Jug
- Auburn University and University of Alabama — —the "Iron Bowl", formerly played in Birmingham, Alabama, but now played alternately in Auburn and Tuscaloosa
- Auburn University and University of Georgia — "The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry"
- Auburn University and Louisiana State University (LSU) — budding SEC Western division rivalry
- Auburn University and University of Florida — historically one of the Southeastern Conference's longest rivalries, these SEC opponents were removed from annual competition during the 2002 scheduling decision to reduce permanent division opponents to one team. Auburn continued to play Georgia, while Florida kept LSU, much to the chagrin of older fans.
- Belmont University and Lipscomb University — two colleges in Nashville, Tennessee separated by 3 miles (5 km) of the same road; their basketball rivalry is known as the Battle of the Boulevard
- Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University — the two MEAC schools compete annually in football in the Florida Classic.
- The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute— (football)The Military Classic of the South "The battle for the Silver Shako."
- Clemson University and University of South Carolina— this in-state rivalry has political and cultural origins and is one of the oldest rivalries in the South. See Carolina-Clemson Rivalry and South Carolina-Clemson brawl.
- Clemson University and Florida State University — The annual football matchup between the two schools was known in the early 2000s as the Bowden Bowl because Tommy Bowden, who coached Clemson from 1999 to 2008, is the son of Bobby Bowden, who was head coach at Florida State throughout that period.
- Clemson University and University of Georgia — A rivalry between nearby schools that had national title implications in the early 1980s, but has been played less often since the SEC went to an eight-game conference schedule.
- Clemson University and North Carolina State University — The Textile Bowl.
- The College of William & Mary and University of Richmond— known as the "Oldest Rivalry in the South", this is the fourth oldest rivalry in college football, with the Tribe first battling the Spiders in 1890. The Tribe is up all-time, 59-52-5
- Duke University and University of North Carolina — The two schools are only 8 miles (13 km) apart; the football teams play for the Victory Bell, which the winning team paints in their school's shade of blue. The basketball rivalry is one of the most high-profile in all of U.S. sports (see Carolina-Duke rivalry).
- East Carolina University and North Carolina State University — Two of the largest universities in the state of North Carolina. The football series between these schools was temporarily discontinued in 1987 after ECU played the game at NCSU's home field for 18 consecutive seasons. At the time, almost all of the attendance records for NCSU's Carter-Finley Stadium were set by games between the Wolfpack and Pirates. East Carolina offered to extend the contract on the condition some future games be played at the Pirates' home field. NCSU refused and contract negotiations were at an impasse. With the series set to potentially expire, East Carolina fans celebrated the 1987 victory by tearing down the NCSU's goal posts. A post-game altercation ensued between some fans on the field. NCSU privately attempted to renew the series despite the post-game incident, but ECU rejected the offer since it did not include any games in Greenville, NC. The series was canceled, which NCSU attributed to the poor behavior of ECU fans at the 1987 game. The rivalry resumed when both teams were invited to the Peach Bowl played on January 1, 1992. In an exciting game, East Carolina overcame a 17-point deficit in the 4th quarter to defeat NCSU 34-31. The financial success of the Peach Bowl spurred members of the North Carolina legislature to pressure both schools to resume the regular season football series with games to be played at both teams' home stadiums and neutral locations in North Carolina such as the stadium used by the NFL's Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. East Carolina defeated NC State 50-29 in the first game of the revived rivalry on November 30, 1996, in Charlotte, NC. NCSU holds the all-time series lead 15-10. The last game was a 33-27 ECU victory on October 23, 2010. "The Battle for the Barrel" is a trophy which ECU currently holds being the victor of the most recent match up.
- Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro — A long-standing Southern Conference rivalry that was recently dubbed "The Faceoff on 40: The Fight and Fire Classic" due to the schools' proximity and situation along Interstate 40.
- Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU) — A Miami-area rivalry that plays itself out annually in football's Shula Bowl and conference basketball games.
- Florida State University and University of Florida—Has lost some of its luster since Steve Spurrier exited the rivalry for other coaching ventures. In the mid-1990s, this game almost always had national championship implications.
- Furman University and Wofford College —The oldest football rivalry in South Carolina
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Clemson University - Long running series (now permanent ACC cross-conference rivals); legendary coach John Heisman coached at both schools.
- Grambling State University and Southern University — The Bayou Classic in football is the most famous HBCU rivalry, and the only such matchup televised annually by one of the country's four major over-the-air television networks.
- Jackson State University and Alcorn State University - Known as the Capital City Classic.
- Jackson State University and Southern University — The Boombox Classic is the annual match-up between JSU and SU. The name is a reference to the two school's marching bands. JSU's being the "Sonic Boom of the South" and SU's being "The Human Jukebox".
- Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland. The oldest rivalry in college lacrosse.
- Loyola (MD) and Johns Hopkins University Lacrosse rivalry also known as the Charles Street Rivalry
- Marshall University and Ohio University — (football) the Battle for the Bell
- Marshall University and West Virginia University — Also known as the Friends of Coal Bowl; due to the vast mining industry in the state of West Virginia
- North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University — the "Aggie-Eagle Classic" was an annual, interdivisional HBCU football until 2005.
- North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University — the rivalry between the two Piedmont Triad HBCUs has escalated with WSSU's transition to Division I athletics and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of which NC A&T is a member.
- North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina Known locally as the Carolina-State rivalry.
- North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University- oldest ACC Basketball rivalry with over 225 played games
- Northwestern State University and Stephen F. Austin State University— a heated Southland Conference rivalry, with the winner receiving the largest trophy in all of college football, Chief Caddo.
- Sewanee: The University of the South and Rhodes College — The longest-running (continuously played) college football rivalry in the South, starting in 1899. Since 1954 the winner of this game has been awarded the Orgill Trophy.
- Tennessee State University and Jackson State University - Known as the Southern Heritage Classic.
- University of Alabama and University of Tennessee— The "Third Saturday in October" game. An already heated rivalry hit fever pitch after Alabama went on NCAA probation in the early 2000s for recruiting violations reported by Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer.
- University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and University of Memphis— the "Battle for the Bones"
- University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University — "The Battle for the Golden Boot" game. This game is played on the Friday after Thanksgiving
- University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University — the "Arkansas–Texas A&M rivalry" game started when both were members of the Southwestern Conference together. This will again become a conference rivalry when Texas A&M joins the SEC in 2012.
- University of Arkansas and University of Texas — the rivalry is one of the biggest for Arkansas.
- University of Florida and University of Tennessee — A rivalry that saw its heyday in the 1990s, when the Southeastern Conference realigned and pitted these schools against each other every year. The Third Week of September game
- University of Georgia and University of Florida— The Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic, unofficially called "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party", in Jacksonville, Florida.
- University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)— Described as "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" by author Bill Cromartie.
- University of Kentucky and University of Louisville — the "Governor's Cup (Battle for the Bluegrass)" game in football, but even more significant as a basketball rivalry known as the Battle for the Bluegrass. See Kentucky-Louisville rivalry.
- University of Kentucky and Indiana University, locally significant in football and nationally important in basketball sometimes referred to in football as the Bourbon Barrel Trophy.
- University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee — Largely a non competitive border war, UT historically dominates in football and UK in men's basketball. In addition to the important ball games, blood banks in the home cities of each university(Lexington, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee) compete to see who can raise the most units of blood. This is known informally as the Blue-Orange Crush. The football game is traditionally known as "The Battle for the Beer Barrel," named for the orange and blue barrel that the winning team once received.
- Louisiana State University (LSU) and University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss"). This rivalry was named the Magnolia Bowl in 2008. The two schools exchange a bronze magnolia trophy.(see Magnolia Bowl)
- Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tulane University — the "Battle for the Rag"
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Troy University - Men's Tennis, "War at the Wasp Nest"
- ULM and University of Louisiana at Lafayette — the "Battle on the Bayou"
- University of Louisville and University of Cincinnati — long-running rivalry known as the battle for The Keg of Nails
- University of Louisville and University of Memphis
- University of Louisville and West Virginia University - the Louisville-West Virginia rivalry is a newer rivalry in the Big East
- University of Maryland and The Naval Academy – A once heated in-state football rivalry that lapsed for 40 years after a controversial game in 1964, was finally revived in 2005 (See also: Maryland-Navy rivalry).
- University of Maryland and North Carolina State University – Hostility has increased in the football rivalry during recent years. Also, has a tradition of competitive basketball, dating back to what has been called one of the greatest basketball games ever played, the 1974 ACC Championship game.
- University of Maryland and West Virginia University – A long tradition of football rivalry, dating back to 1919 (See also: Maryland-West Virginia rivalry).
- University of Maryland and Duke University — This is a recent rivalry, sparked because of Maryland's increased competitiveness in NCAA basketball. However the two teams are competitive in basketball and Maryland is known for its visceral hatred of Duke.
- University of Maryland and University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Historically dominated by Maryland, this budding lacrosse rivalry was intensified in the 2007 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament when the Retrievers upset the Terrapins in College park. It heated the following year when tournament committee chairman and Terrapins' head coach Dave Cottle set up the UMBC to travel far from their fan-base to avoid playing them in the tournament, sparking accusations in the lacrosse world of using politics to avoid a matchup.
- University of Memphis and University of Southern Mississippi--The Black and Blue Bowl
- University of Miami and Florida State University – From the 1980s to the early 2000s, the match-up often held national championship implications. See Wide Right.
- University of Miami and University of Florida -- Played for The Seminole War Canoe Trophy. With their win over the Hurricanes in 2008, the Gators are the current holders of the Florida Cup.
- University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss") and Mississippi State University – the "Egg Bowl"
- University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss") and University of Arkansas –rivalry that is sometimes referred to as the Nut Bowl. (see Arkansas-Ole Miss rivalry)
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte) and Davidson College, the only two Division I schools in North Carolina's most populous county, Mecklenburg County, compete each year in basketball for the Hornet's Nest Trophy.
- University of North Carolina and University of Virginia--"The South's Oldest Rivalry"
- University of North Carolina and Wake Forest University
- University of Tennessee and University of Connecticut (UConn)-- a nationally important rivalry in women's basketball (see UConn-Tennessee rivalry)
- University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University - General Robert Neyland, the coach who brought a winning tradition to the University of Tennessee, was originally brought in to "beat Vandy", as Vanderbilt dominated the series in the early part of last century. In 2005, Vanderbilt beat the University of Tennessee for the first time in over two decades - one of the then-longest streaks in the NCAA.
- University of Virginia and Virginia Tech (see Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry) -- they play for the Commonwealth Cup in football
- Virginia Tech and West Virginia University-- College football game played annually for the Black Diamond Trophy. Due to Virginia Tech's move to the ACC, this rivalry may lie dormant for the time being.
- Virginia Tech and Radford University-- The rivalry is heated for every sport in which the two New River Valley schools compete, but in soccer one of the largest trophies in the nation is contested when they play annually for "The New River Rock".
- Washington College and Salisbury University— a storied Division III men's lacrosse rivalry, highlighted by the annual War on the Shore for the Charles B. Clark Cup, played alternately in Chestertown, MD, (home of Washington College) and Salisbury, MD. The 2006 War on the Shore was held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The rivalry is also present to a lesser extent in all sports, as the two schools are the only Division III institutions on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Old Southeastern rivalries seldom played due to conference obligations, divisional changes etc.:
- See also #Big 12 rivalries (above)
These rivalries involve Texas schools that are not currently members of the Big 12 Conference. In two of these rivalries, both sides involved were members of the old Southwest Conference, four of whose schools were founding members of the Big 12. Another rivalry involves an old SWC team against an Oklahoma rival. The last one listed is a football rivalry involving Texas and Louisiana schools in the second-tier Division I FCS.
- Rice University and University of Houston — Compete for the Bayou Bucket in both football and basketball as part of the Houston–Rice rivalry
- Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Texas Christian University (TCU) — College football's Battle for the Iron Skillet. The future of this rivalry is now uncertain with TCU's move to the Big 12 in 2012.
- Southern Methodist University (SMU) and Rice University — College football's Battle for the Mayor's Cup
- Rice University and University of Tulsa - Compete for the Williams Trophy
- Stephen F. Austin State University and Northwestern State University — football rivalry that plays for the largest trophy in college athletics; Chief Caddo, a large, 7.5 ft tall 320 lb (150 kg) wooden Indian statue.
- Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University rivalry known as the Battle of the Piney Woods.
- See also: #Pac-10 Rivalies (above)
- Boise State University and University of Idaho— (all sports)
- The California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach; a baseball rivalry stemming from both program continual success.
- The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University— A long-standing basketball rivalry, as well as an extensive history of student pranks.
- Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego — The two most successful programs in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). They have a fierce rivalry in all sports.
- Colorado State University and United States Air Force Academy for the Ram-Falcon Trophy
- Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University — A longtime men's basketball rivalry, but much less competitive since the rise of Gonzaga's program to national prominence in the early 2000s
- Gonzaga University and University of Washington — an emerging men's basketball rivalry, though it will be dormant after the 2006-07 season
- Gonzaga University and Washington State University — also an emerging men's basketball rivalry
- San Jose State University and California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) — very even rivalry in both football and basketball for over 70 years.
- San Jose State University and Stanford University — close proximity in the Silicon Valley lead to a natural rivalry
- Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California—formerly a football rivalry, now a basketball rivalry
- Saint Mary's College of California and Gonzaga University — Basketball rivalry
- Santa Clara University and San Jose State University— working man's university versus the local rich school; primarily a basketball rivalry.
- University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks— (Ice Hockey) for the Governor's Cup.
- University of Colorado and Colorado State University—College football's Rocky Mountain Showdown
- UC Davis and Cal Poly SLO— in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe (football) for the Golden Horseshoe Trophy
- UC Davis and Sac State— The two programs compete in all sports for the annual Causeway Cup, and specifically in the Causeway Classic (football) for the Causeway Carriage and Causeway Trophy.
- UC Irvine and California State University, Long Beach— Black and Blue Rivalry Series: The two Southern California schools compete in various sports such as baseball, basketball and volleyball to accumulate points for every victory. The school with the most points at the end of the year wins a surfboard.
- UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly SLO— Blue-Green Rivalry: Battle for the Central Coast with an emphasis on sustainability. The most intense has become the competition in Men's soccer, where the matchup has featured 5 of the top 15 attended regular season soccer matches in NCAA history, all of which have happened since 2007. Women's volleyball, Men's and Women's basketball, and baseball also are heated matchups.
- University of Denver and Colorado College— (Ice Hockey) Battle of the Gold Pan Played between the superpowers of college hockey in the State of Colorado. Played since 1949. Widely considered to be the most heated rivalry in College Hockey.
- University of Hawaii and California State University, Fresno (Fresno State)— (all sports)
- University of Hawaiʻi and Brigham Young University— (football and Volleyball)
- University of Idaho and The University of Montana for the Little Brown Stein
- University of Idaho and Washington State University — Known as the Battle of the Palouse
- The University of Montana and Eastern Washington University— (all sports)
- The University of Montana and Montana State University — Brawl of the Wild
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and University of Nevada—in the Battle for Nevada (football) for the Fremont Cannon
- University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University— (all sports) Rio Grande Rivalry
- University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University— San Francisco Bay Area Jesuit universities; primarily a basketball rivalry
- University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University—The Battle of I-10
- University of Utah and Utah State University— (basketball and football, the Battle of the Brothers)
- University of Utah and Brigham Young University— (all sports: see Utah-BYU rivalry). The "Holy War" or "Church vs. State" (football) for the Beehive Boot.
- University of Wyoming and Colorado State University— (football) the Border War for the Bronze Boot
- Western Washington University and Central Washington University— (football) Known as the Battle in Seattle - played at Qwest Field in Seattle for the Cascade Cup.
- San Diego State University and University of San Diego— (basketball, baseball, and soccer) Cross-City rivals
- Cheyney University and Lincoln University – The two oldest black colleges, or HBCUs, in America, both located in Pennsylvania and also two of the few such schools outside the South. The schools compete in everything athletic or academic. Men's and women's teams compete annually in the heated thanksgiving weekend basketball games. The reinstatement of Lincoln's football program will add more fire to the rivalry.
- Central State University and Wilberforce University – Like Cheyney and Lincoln, these are also rare examples of HBCUs outside the South. Both are in Ohio.
- North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University – the "Aggie-Eagle Classic" was an annual, interdivisional HBCU football until 2005.
- North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University – the rivalry between the two Piedmont Triad HBCUs has escalated with WSSU's transition to Division I athletics and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of which NC A&T is a member.
- Grambling State University and Southern University – The Bayou Classic in football is the most famous HBCU rivalry, and the only such matchup televised annually by one of the country's four major over-the-air television networks.
- Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University – the two MEAC schools compete annually in football in the Florida Classic.
- Norfolk State University and Hampton University – Essentially a crosstown rivalry; both MEAC schools are located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area on opposite sides of the eponymous harbor.
- Virginia Union University and Virginia State University – Another virtual crosstown rivalry, this one involving Division II schools in the CIAA. Virginia Union is a private university in the state capital of Richmond, while Virginia State is a public school in nearby Petersburg.
- Saint Augustine's College and Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina are HBCU rivalries in all sports.
- Florida A&M University and Southern University – the oldest interconference rivalry and questionably the oldest in HBCU history. Dates back to 1941 and was played consecutively for 55 yrs, which ended in 2001 because of a heated confrontation between Pete Richardson of Southern and Billy "Joe" Taylor of Florida A&M.
Xavier University of Louisiana and Dillard University- Crosstown Rivalry by two NAIA schools located in New Orleans. The women's and men's basketball team typically play this Crosstown Classic game twice a year.
Religious schools rivalries
- Messiah College and Wheaton College (Illinois) — These Christian Schools compete frequently for the top Christian as well as Division 3 Soccer Team.
- Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University — The schools are separated by less than 15 minutes in rural NE Indiana, and have an intense rivalry in NAIA athletic events.
- Tabor College (Kansas) and Bethel College (Kansas) — These two Mennonite Schools which are only a few miles apart find a friendly rivalry that stems from a denominational split in the 1860s. Their soccer teams compete in the Menno-Cup and Football teams compete in the Menno-Bowl every year.
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