- Brian Fremeau, ESPN Insider
College football rivalry games are among the most celebrated annual events in sports. Entire regions of the country live and die on the outcome of a single 60-minute contest held each fall. Twelve months of all-inclusive bragging rights are at stake, and after stringing together a few consecutive victories in a series, the spoils can grow exponentially.
The Auburn Tigers might have knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide in six straight recent seasons (2002-07), but that streak feels like ancient history now that Nick Saban's defending national champions have taken control of the Iron Bowl. Notre Dame fans try to reassure themselves with memories of a 13-year unbeaten streak against the USC Trojans (1983-95), but that hardly eases the pain of the current eight-year drought.
There are more than a few examples of college rivalry games running in streaks, changing hands only once or twice a decade. Which teams in 2010 have the opportunity to flip the script and set the stage for a run of their own?
Broadcasters might implore us to throw out the record books when it comes to rivalry games, but they're just as projectable as every other game on the schedule. Football Outsiders spotlights the 10 rivalry-game win streaks most likely to end in 2010.