The college football Rivalry Weekend games you need to know about

College football Rivalry Week is upon us!

With Rivalry Week comes key matchups that will have a massive ripple-effect on how the postseason shakes out. Other rivalries have simply been going on for so long that the bitterness is ingrained in players from the day they step on campus. Some of these games have trophies, while others rely on clean, old-fashioned hate to fuel the fire between the teams.

Below we've highlighted some of the best games for you to keep an eye on Saturday:

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The Rivalry Weekend games you need to know about
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The Rivalry Weekend games you need to know about

The Iron Bowl — Alabama vs. Auburn

Rivalry since: 1893

All time record: Alabama leads, 45-35–1

Last year: Alabama 30, Auburn 12

Trophy: Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy, named after Dean James E. Foy, who served at both schools.

At stake this year: As much as there possibly could be for a non-playoff, non-championship game. It's already the most enthralling rivalry in college football, and this year the winner gets not only bragging rights but a trip to the SEC title game as the representative of the SEC West. For Auburn, a win would also mean that their hopes of making the college football playoff are still very much alive.

Where to watch: 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate — Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

Rivalry since: 1893

All time record: Georgia leads, 65–41–5

Last year: Georgia Tech 28, Georgia 27

Trophy: The Governor's Cup

At stake this year: Georgia needs to win to keep their hopes at making the playoff alive, and Georgia Tech would love nothing more than playing spoiler.

Where to watch: 12 p.m. ET on ABC

The Legends Trophy — Notre Dame vs. Stanford

Rivalry since: 1925

All time record: Notre Dame leads, 19–12

Last year: Stanford 17, Notre Dame 10

Trophy: The Legends Trophy

At stake this year: Pride mostly, but the winner will surely be in a better bowl game, and will have a good shot at a New Years' Six game.

Where to watch: 8 p.m. on ABC

The Apple Cup — Washington vs. Washington State

Rivalry since: 1900 (first meeting was a 5-5 tie)

All time record: Washington leads, 71–32–6

Last year: Washington 45, Washington State 17

Trophy: The Apple Cup

At stake this year: The winner will have a shot at the Pac-12 championship game if Stanford can't beat Notre Dame. Additionally, this is a matchup between two quarterbacks who have solid NFL potential — Luke Falk and Jake Browning.

Where to watch: 8 p.m. ET on Fox

The Carolina-State Game — North Carolina vs. NC State

Rivalry since: 1894

All time record: North Carolina leads, 66-34-6

Last year: NC State 28, North Carolina 21

Trophy: N/A

At stake this year: For North Carolina, a ton of pride, and a chance to not be remembered as the worst team in the ACC this year. For NC State, this is the chance to improve their shot at a marquee bowl game.

Where to watch: 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU

The Palmetto Bowl — South Carolina vs. Clemson

Rivalry since: 1896

All time record: Clemson leads, 68–42–4

Last year: Clemson 56, South Carolina 7

Trophy: Palmetto Trophy

At stake this year: Clemson needs to stay perfect to make the playoff, while South Carolina could potentially shoot into a spot in the New Years' Six should they be able to pull off the upset.

Where to watch: 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

The Duel in the Desert — Arizona vs. Arizona State

Rivalry since: 1899

All time record: Arizona leads, 49–40–1

Last year: Arizona 56, Arizona State 35

Trophy: Territorial Cup

At stake this year: These teams are neck-and-neck in the Pac-12 South standings right now. The winner will finish second in the division.

Where to watch: N/A

The Sunshine Showdown — Florida vs. Florida State

Rivalry since: 1958

All time record: 34–25–2

Last year: Florida State 31, Florida 13

Trophy: Florida Cup

At stake this year: With neither team bowl eligible this year, this one is all pride, with both teams looking to save a little redemption after snake-bitten seasons.

Where to watch: 12 p.m. ET on ESPN

The Game — Ohio State vs. Michigan

Rivalry since: 1897

All time record: Michigan leads, 58–48–6

Last year: Ohio State 30, Michigan 27 (2 OT)

Trophy: N/A

At stake this year: Ohio State is still alive in the college football playoff picture, and with Miami losing to Pittsburgh on Friday, Ohio State could easily qualify for the postseason if the Buckeyes can pull off a decisive victory against Michigan and then beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship. Michigan would love to spoil the party.

Where to watch: 12 p.m. ET on Fox

Civil War — Oregon vs. Oregon State

Rivalry since: 1894

All time record: 63–47–10

Last year: Oregon State 34, Oregon 24

Trophy: The Platypus Trophy

At stake this year: Oregon State is still looking for their first conference win of the season. Oregon needs the win to finish with a winning record. Also, jersey color supremacy.

Where to watch: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Battle for Nevada — UNLV vs. Nevada

Rivalry since: 1969

All time record: Nevada leads, 25–17

Last year: Nevada 45, UNLV 10

Trophy: The Fremont Cannon

At stake this year: UNLV needs this win to qualify for its fourth bowl game in program history.

Where to watch: N/A

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