Best In-State Rivalries Over The Last 10 Years

August 27, 2015 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments

The college football season is only days away and once again, rivalry games will take center stage throughout the season.  Year after year, rivalries tend to bring out the best games, the best moments, and the most passion from players and fans.  There are a lot of ways to analyze and rank rivalries, and SbS Football choose to look at the in-state rivalries that have been the most competitive in recent years. 
Rather than looking at the entire history of a rivalry, or what rivalry has the best traditions, SbS Football has determined the top ten in-state rivalries from a purely competitive standpoint over the last ten years.  Our criteria is solely focused on the actual games itself, and does not consider team rankings, season records, title implications, game attendance, or any other “outside” factors. 
In order for the in-state matchup to be considered in our rankings, the game between the two state opponents needed to match certain criteria.  In all, 33 in-state games are included on our rankings.  Below is the criteria we used to select the in-state games that would be evaluated:
  • The game must match two FBS teams who are both located in the same state (i.e. our list does not consider rivalries like Michigan vs. Ohio State, Florida vs. Georgia, etc.)
  • The two teams must have played one another every year since 2005 (thus, our list does not include in-state rivalries like Texas vs. Texas A&M, BYU vs. Utah, etc.)
  • At least one team in the rivalry must currently play in one of the big 5 power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or SEC)
  • Our analysis includes regular season games only and does not include any conference championships or bowl games
Our ranking of the in-state games that fit the criteria noted above is solely based on how competitive the series and games have been.  We utilized the following scoring system to help determine our rankings.
Series Points
Each rivalry was awarded the following points based on how close the series record has been since 2000 (10 games in each series):
  • Series record 5-5: 75 points
  • Series record 6-4: 50 points
  • Series record 7-3: 25 points
  • Series record 8-2: 0 points
  • Series record 9-1: -25 points
  • Series record 10-0: -50 points 
Individual Game Points
Each of the 10 games within the series was awarded points based on the final score differential.  An overtime game was given 25 points, while non-overtime games were given points based on the following score differences:
  • 1 – 3 score margin: 15 points
  • 4 – 7 score margin: 10 points
  • 8 – 13 score margin: 5 points
  • 14 – 21 score margin: 0 points
  • 22 – 30 score margin: -5 points
  • 31+ score margin: -10 points
2nd Half Bonus Points
Bonus points were awarded to each game in the series in which one of the following things were true:
  • Game was tied at the end of the third quarter: 15 points
  • The winning team trailed at the end of the third quarter: 15 points

Top 10 In-State Rivalries The Last 10 Years (in descending order)