North Carolina Ranked As The #1 State For College Rivalries
As we get deeper into the college football season, we come upon the part of the schedule that features major rivalries, with many of these matchups happening towards the end of the year. In addition, college basketball is about to tipoff. To prepare for this most exciting time in sports (where all major sports are playing simultaneously), Saturday Down South detailed the best rivalry in college sports, and North Carolina schools ranked number one.
What goes into a great college rivalry? For some schools, it’s all about squaring off against another major program from a bordering state. Usually, each of these schools has had success in recent years. This only intensifies the battles and bragging rights. Think the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, but applicable to the colleges.
In Saturday Down South’s feature, the biggest rivalry in college sports has a lot to do with college basketball in North Carolina.
UNC vs. Duke Ranked #1
Michael Jordan, Vince Carter and James Worthy are just some of the legendary names to come out of the University of North Carolina basketball program. In Durham, Duke claims Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill, to name a few. “From 1980-present, at least one of them was ranked in the top 10 at tipoff 88 times — and 37 times both were in the top 10,” Saturday Down South explains of these infamous hoops clubs.
Duke has won the NCAA basketball championship five times (most recently in 2015). Meanwhile, UNC has won six times (most recently in 2017). The two powerhouse clubs will face each other on February 3 and March 9.
Though basketball seems to take center stage with this rivalry, don’t sleep on their football history. Arguably the best defender to ever play in the NFL is out of UNC: Lawrence Taylor. Duke however, has a history of producing Quarterbacks. These two top-twenty team will play each other on November 11.
Although UNC and Duke claimed the North Carolina rivalry spotlight here, another in-state battle also made the list. UNC vs. North Carolina State ranked 15th.