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Brian Kelly couldn't deny it, not even after initially saying this yearly contest was not "one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries." Two days after rocking the Upper Midwest with that comment, the Fighting Irish coach said what everyone else was thinking: "It's a great and historical rivalry that we'll be playing this Saturday." Unfortunately -- for some, at least -- it will end after next season, with the Irish opting to play more ACC teams. Who will claim this penultimate meeting?

Which team will win Saturday's game at Michigan? (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

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  • Will Notre Dame play in a BCS bowl game this season?

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  • Will Michigan play in a BCS bowl game this season?

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  • Is Devin Gardner an elite college quarterback?

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  • Do you agree with Michigan coach Brady Hoke's assessment that Notre Dame is "chickening out" by ending this yearly rivalry in favor of playing more ACC games, starting in 2015?

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No. 2 Ohio State finished last season undefeated. Will the Buckeyes dominate for a second consecutive season? Do you expect No. 17 Michigan and No. 18 Nebraska to have better showings? What about Penn State and No. 23 Wisconsin? How will Big Ten teams stack up in 2013? Click the team logos below to set your rankings!

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2013 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 Big Ten: 0-8

Indiana

Indiana

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Iowa

Iowa

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Michigan

Michigan

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Big Ten: 6-2

Michigan State

Michigan State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Big Ten: 3-5

Minnesota

Minnesota

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Nebraska

Nebraska

2012 overall: 10-4
2012 Big Ten: 7-1

Northwestern

Northwestern

2012 overall: 10-3
2012 Big Ten: 5-3

Ohio State

Ohio State

2012 overall: 12-0
2012 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 Big Ten: 6-2

Purdue

Purdue

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 Big Ten: 3-5

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2012 overall: 8-6
2012 Big Ten: 4-4

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All week, ESPN has counted down its top 25 teams for the 2013 season. Now we have Nos. 1 through 5, with the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide reigning supreme -- but challenged by a number of top programs. Do you agree with our experts' rankings? Click the team logos below to submit your own!

2013 College Football Top 25

Alabama

Alabama

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 1
2012 record: 13-1

Ohio State

Ohio State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 2
2012 record: 12-0

Oregon

Oregon

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 3
2012 record: 12-1

Stanford

Stanford

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 4
2012 record: 12-2

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 6
2012 record: 11-2

Georgia

Georgia

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 5
2012 record: 12-2

South Carolina

South Carolina

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 7
2012 record: 11-2

Louisville

Louisville

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 9
2012 record: 11-2

Clemson

Clemson

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 8
2012 record: 11-2

Florida

Florida

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 10
2012 record: 11-2

Florida State

Florida State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 12
2012 record: 12-2

LSU

LSU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 13
2012 record: 10-3

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 11
2012 record: 12-1

Michigan

Michigan

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 17
2012 record: 8-5

Texas

Texas

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 15
2012 record: 9-4

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 14
2012 record: 8-5

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 16
2012 record: 10-3

TCU

TCU

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 20
2012 record: 7-6

UCLA

UCLA

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 21
2012 record: 9-5

Nebraska

Nebraska

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 18
2012 record: 10-4

Boise State

Boise State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 19
2012 record: 11-2

N'western

N'western

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 22
2012 record: 10-3

Oregon State

Oregon State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 25
2012 record: 9-4

USC

USC

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 24
2012 record: 7-6

Baylor

Baylor

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 8-5

Kansas State

Kansas State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 11-2

Miami (FL)

Miami (FL)

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Coaches' poll preseason rank: Not ranked
2012 record: 7-6

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Coaches' poll preseason rank: 23
2012 record: 8-6

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The Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas LonghornsJ.P. Wilson/Icon SMI Oklahoma and Texas fans meet each year in Dallas. Is theirs the nation's best rivalry?

Rivalries. They form the backbone of college football. From stadiums filled with 100,000-plus to smaller -- but still intense -- local and/or historic showdowns, these long-standing tradition-rich games anchor fans' fall calendars. But how do today's best rivalries stack up against one another? You tell us, by clicking on the boxes below.

Rank: College football's biggest rivalries

Alabama-Auburn

Alabama-Auburn

Nov. 30, at Auburn

Army-Navy

Army-Navy

Dec. 14, at Lincoln Financial Field

BYU-Utah

BYU-Utah

Sept. 21, at BYU

California-Stanford

California-Stanford

Nov. 23, at Stanford

Clemson-S. Carolina

Clemson-S. Carolina

Nov. 30, at South Carolina

Florida-Georgia

Florida-Georgia

Nov. 2, at EverBank Field

Florida State-Miami

Florida State-Miami

Nov. 2, at Florida State

Georgia-Georgia Tech

Georgia-Georgia Tech

Nov. 30, at Georgia Tech

Harvard-Yale

Harvard-Yale

Nov. 23, at Yale

Michigan-Ohio State

Michigan-Ohio State

Nov. 30, at Michigan

Notre Dame-USC

Notre Dame-USC

Oct. 19, at Notre Dame

Oklahoma-Texas

Oklahoma-Texas

Oct. 12, at Cotton Bowl

Oregon-Oregon State

Oregon-Oregon State

Nov. 29, at Oregon

UCLA-USC

UCLA-USC

Nov. 30, at USC

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Big Ten football preview

Ohio State finished the 2012 season undefeated but was ineligible for the postseason because of prior violations. That won't be the case this year, as Urban Meyer's squad is prepared to make a run at the national championship. The Big Ten is full of teams that could surprise Ohio State, but can any of them stop the resurgent Buckeyes?

Which team will win the Big Ten title this season?

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  • Will any Big Ten team contend for the 2013 national title?

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  • Which of these Big Ten players will have the best season?

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  • Should the NCAA modify or reduce its penalties against Penn State?

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