LSU-Auburn and Gators-Vols are classics in the making

Amid all the fun and hoopla of a benchmark Saturday of football, a couple of fierce rivalries stand out because they carry extra heft.

Updated: September 15, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
By Chris Fowler | Special to ESPN.com
This is a love letter to the SEC.

Maybe this stuff doesn't need to be said. But my wife is encouraging me to express my feelings more often. Open up. You know, not assume the other party knows how you feel. Verbalize it. So, here goes. The timing is no coincidence.

Amid all the fun and hoopla of a benchmark Saturday of football (seven matchups of top 25 teams, plus Bowden Bowl VIII, which Clemson enters at 26th), a couple of fierce rivalries stand out because they carry extra heft.


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Chris Fowler

College Football
Since 1989, Chris Fowler has been ESPN's primary college football and men's college basketball studio host. He's anchored College GameDay, the network's award-winning Saturday morning college football preview show, since 1990.