Pat Forde says the rivalry is only 7th best. Apparently Texas Tech vs Texas A&M is better. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=4297...
More proof Forde is a moron- says Michigan-OSU is 7th best rivalry
Forde says this in his article:
"So the midsummer quest was to identify which college rivalries are hottest now, right here in 2009. No living on past glory, which is why you won't find Miami-Florida State or Notre Dame-USC or Army-Navy on the football list (or Georgetown-Syracuse or Indiana-Purdue or UCLA-Arizona on the basketball list)."
Why should it be any higher when Mich had an off-year last season. A lot of sportswriters don't give MI a shot this season so it is predictable that they will keep all things Michigan down. I am glad we made the list - period! Making the list just shows that even if we are 1-10 we would still have a great rivalry - records do not matter with Mich/OSU(unlike Navy/Army -- which should be ranked in all honesty. Come on, they're our servicemen!).
I guess I didn't read it. But how is Wash vs Wash St on there? Together they were 1-23, with the win in the game against each other obviously. They suck.
My guess (without looking at Forde's reasoning) is to think opposite of UM-OSU in 2006. Their rivalry is about which is not the worst rather than which is the best.
I think he meant which rivalries are the most heated right now. Since the OU-UT game most likely will have a lot more at stake, in addition to the controversy last year, it's going to get a lot more recognition. Numbers 2-6, especially the Tenn-UF are beyond my explanation.
#7 is an abomination.
He says 'the hottest rivalries NOW' And the OU-UT will be the biggest rivalry game of the year.
Pat downgrades the rivalry based on the lack of competitiveness recently. He has a point there. Doesn't explain why UT / Florida gets the nod ahead of us since the only basis for that rivalry getting any pub is Lane Kiffins penchant for being a penis.
The above statements are all correct, but Forde is a cheesy oaf nonetheless.
Thanks for the link, I found the article interesting, though I Thought he should have made mention of Boren facing his former teammates
His analysis is based on both proximate and prospective viewpoints - what has happened recently in terms of off-field antics (e.g., Kiffin's kraziness, Boren's parting shot), and in terms of competitiveness (tOSU winning past 5 match-ups against us), as well as the prospective implications for conference championships and the national championship. Using these criteria his ranking, while highly subjective, does seems solid.
I'd have to agree. That being said, he's still annoying. I got a kick out of reading this: http://www.blackheartgoldpants.com/2008/9/17/615876/bhgp-presents-fordy-...
during the regular season; an excellent satire.
Regardless of how that game is most likely over even before the season starts, ESPN will jam the hype of the game down our throats. I'm hoping that Kiffin takes out UF, but I most certainly am not holding my breath.
ESPN will spend as much time on this game as they've done for Farve and T.O. in the last couple years. I hope UT wins. But I expect UF to to try to put up a 100, like Forde says.
Currently I would have to say Teaxas Oklahoma is the best rivalry because most likely one of the teams will be in the big 12 championship game.
Tennessee vs. Florida and UT vs. OU… I hate to say it, but those are clearly the must see rivalry games this year besides, we haven’t won in 5 years. We haven’t made it much of a rivalry lately. Maybe we need to talk some trash and talk about all the players on the tUOS payroll.
He has done plenty of other things to justify is moron status but this article is okay with me. The rivalries above UM vs OSU are all really heated right now. Either by Coaches talking trash or the teams just being really good.
So yes, Forde is a moron but, this article (or list) is not that unrealistic.
So it's essentially the rivalry version of last year's "Who's Now" 'competition'. Great, saved me from reading a pointless article.
I know it's summer and all, but there really has to be more to write about than which rivalry is more "now". Otherwise, take some vacation days, dude.
Even though OSU has their streak of wins against the good guys, other than last year when Sweater Vest got embarrassed that last year's game was close at half and then ran up the score in the 4th quarter, the games have been competitive. The bad guys just have just had the ability to close out games. This has not taken away from the fierce competitiveness of football's greatest rivalry. To put this rivalry below UF-UT which has been very lopsided in wins and scores or TA&M-TT which has been totally irrelevant (who remembers even one of those games) is ridiculous.
how is TTU vs A&M a bigger rivalry than U of M vs OSU
I have to agree with this - I did not know that TTU and A&M had a rivalry until this ranking. The other rankings seem right, but this one is curious.
Forde is a complete douche bag, but I agree. M vs O$U is definitely not what it was in 2006. Kinda hard to repeat that every year though. But, anyways...
That's the list as of right now. As in, best rivalry games in 2009. I can't disagree for 2009.
I wonder how many of those games are prime time on ESPiN et al