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Poll: Where Does Backyard Brawl Rank Among Best College Football Rivalries?



WVU Football DL Sean Martin and LB Jared Bartlett at Backyard Brawl

The Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pitt is one of the best college football rivalries, featuring two fan bases that absolutely despise each other.

The rivalry will take place once again this Saturday in Morgantown, W.V. for the first time since 2011, the last time the two programs faced off in the Big East. When the Backyard Brawl returned last season for the first time in over a decade, Pitt and WVU battled in a classic, that Pitt would end up winning.

The crowd for the Backyard Brawl in 2022 set a record for the most attended game in Pittsburgh sports history, with 70,662 fans showing up.

Mountaineer Nation will be ready Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. to bring everything they have for the rivalry game in front on a national audience on ABC.

This is exactly what a rivalry is supposed to be, with fans of both teams showing disdain for the other any chance they get and relishing every victory that comes their way.

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In terms of college football, the Backyard Brawl definitely is one of the best there is, but is it the top rivalry?

There surely are some other great matchups, including Michigan-Ohio State, Notre Dame-USC, Oklahoma-Texas as teams that are generally at the top of the college football world and fighting against their rival for huge opportunities in the postseason. Maybe some of the more legacy based matchups like Army-Navy or Harvard-Yale, or even in-state rivalries like Oregon-Oregon State, Alabama-Auburn, Florida State-Miami and BYU-Utah among others could feature at the top.

There are so many great college football rivalries. Which one is the best of them all?

Most of this poll was initially published by Dominic Campbell on our partner site Pittsburgh Sports Now.

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