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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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Ohio State finished last season as the lone undefeated team in the final AP Top 25 rankings, and while Michigan and Nebraska weren't perfect, they still ended the season as ranked teams. Will the Buckeyes dominate the competition for a second consecutive season? Do you expect the Wolverines and Cornhuskers to have a better showing? What about perennial powers Penn State and Wisconsin? How will Ben Ten teams stack up in 2013? Click the team logos below to set your rankings!

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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Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Michigan WolverinesAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesJadeveon Clowney's hit vs. Michigan was the play of the year. But was the game the best of 2012?

ESPNU is celebrating the 25 best college football games of the 2012 season and needs your help choosing a top five -- all of which will air in their entirety on ESPNU July 27-28. Click on the logos below to set your rankings. Voting ends Sunday, July 21. Follow the debate using the hashtag #CFBTop25 and follow @ESPNCFB and @ESPNU for more.

See the complete schedule of the Top 25 games countdown on ESPNU.

Rank: Top 5 CFB Games of 2012

Texas A&M at Alabama

Texas A&M at Alabama

Nov. 10. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies took a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, then held on to hand the Tide their first loss of the year. Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24.

Alabama vs. Georgia

Alabama vs. Georgia

Dec. 1. SEC championship game in Atlanta. With Georgia out of timeouts and driving late, a tipped pass landed in the hands of receiver Chris Conley, who fell at the 5. The Bulldogs did not get off another play. Alabama 32, Georgia 28.

Alabama at LSU

Alabama at LSU

Nov. 3. With the Tide trailing 17-14, QB AJ McCarron hit RB T.J. Yeldon, who went 28 yards for the game-winning TD with 51 seconds left. Alabama 21, LSU 17.

Michigan vs. South Carolina

Michigan vs. South Carolina

Jan. 1. Outback Bowl. Down 28-27 late, South Carolina converted a fourth-and-3 to keep the drive alive, then Dylan Thompson hit Bruce Ellington for a 32-yard score with 11 seconds left. And let's not forget Jadeveon Clowney's legendary hit on Vincent Smith. South Carolina 33, Michigan 28.

Stanford at Oregon

Stanford at Oregon

Nov. 17. With Oregon in position to grab the No. 1 ranking and a likely slot in the BCS title game, Stanford scored a tying TD with 1:35 left, then hit the winning field goal in OT. Stanford 17, Oregon 14 (OT).

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Big Ten

Nebraska and Wisconsin will enter the 2012 season as the favorites to win their respective divisions, but Michigan State and Ohio State will do their best to see that doesn't happen. Which team will play its way to a Big Ten championship? Click on the team logos to set your rankings!

More conference rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Pac-12 | SEC

Player rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

More: SportsNation's top 25 | Your predictions Rank Heisman hopefuls

New-Look Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Big Ten: 2-6

Indiana

Indiana

2011 overall: 1-11
2011 Big Ten: 0-8

Iowa

Iowa

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Big Ten: 4-4

Michigan

Michigan

2011 overall: 11-2
2011 Big Ten: 6-2

Michigan State

Michigan State

2011 overall: 11-3
2011 Big Ten: 7-1

Minnesota

Minnesota

2011 overall: 3-9
2011 Big Ten: 2-6

Nebraska

Nebraska

2011 overall: 9-4
2011 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 Big Ten: 3-5

Ohio State

Ohio State

2011 overall: 6-7
2011 Big Ten: 3-5

Penn State

Penn State

2011 overall: 9-4
2011 Big Ten: 6-2

Purdue

Purdue

2011 overall: 7-6
2011 Big Ten: 4-4

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2011 overall: 11-3
2011 Big Ten: 6-2

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