In my mind there is no debate for the best sport- it’s college football all day. There is just something about the atmosphere that is unbeatable and lost once you get to the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, I love NFL too, but the passion and rivalries, and importance of each individual game make college football superior. And nothing sums up the emotions of the sport like rivalry weekend. College football rivalry weekend is traditionally the weekend after Thanksgiving and is full of the biggest matchups. Better to get that Thanksgiving meal in before families are divided! Ohio State and Michigan. Auburn and Alabama. USC and Notre Dame. Locally South Carolina and Clemson. NC State and North Carolina. Duke and Wake Forest.
There was a lot riding on several of these matchups this weekend, which only adds fuel to fire. The celebrations are emotional and the losses are brutal. And what a weekend it was. I’m biased as both teams I cheer for (my alma mater NC State and my mom’s South Carolina) were both victorious this weekend in games that came down to the last minute. And can you ask for anything more? These games are what make the sport great. The pure unadulterated hatred. Bragging rights for a year over your neighbors and co-workers. Professional sports fan bases are more separated. But college? You live, work, and play with “the enemy”. Making the moments ever so special. And like they always say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So let’s look at some of the images that best sum up college football rivalry weekend 2022.