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Thanksgiving Weekend Football Games & Rivalries

We asked a group of children between the ages of 7-9 what they associate Thanksgiving Day with, and we got answers like: turkey, stuffing, family, pilgrims, cranberry sauce (the predictable list goes on and on). Then we asked a group of college students between the ages of 19-22 and what they associate Thanksgiving Day with, the overwhelming answer? Football.

The line up for this year’s football rivalry games is nothing short of thrilling, and we wouldn’t want you to miss a second of it. Here is where we will be rocking our SKICKS on Saturday, November 28th.

 Noon Games:

Indiana vs. Purdue                          

Starting in 1925, the two teams began the tradition of playing for the Old Oaken Bucket. Each year, the winner of the bucket gets a chain link added to the bucket – either with a “P” or an “I” – with the score, date, and city of the game. Purdue leads the all-time Bucket series 57-27.

Thanksgiving Weekend Football Games & Rivalries

Maryland vs. Rutgers

The Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 5-5 right now, making this coming game one to win and get ahead!

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech                 

The rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets has been nicknamed “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.“

Clemson vs. South Carolina 

The annual Tigers vs. Gamecocks game is the longest uninterrupted series in the South, dating back to 1896. Clemson is in the lead 66-42-4.

Louisville vs. Kentucky        

When this rivalry first started in 1912, Kentucky won all 6 of the first games, and rendered Louisville scoreless for every game, which is when the teams stopped the series. After 70 years, the series started back up in 1994. Kentucky currently leads 14-13.          

Michigan vs. Ohio State                   

This rivalry was ranked, by ESPN in 2000, as the greatest North American sports rivalry, and this is coach Jim Harbaugh’s (former Michigan quarterback ’83 – ’86) first game against Ohio State. Here is a link to one of the greatest commercials of all time, aired by ESPN in the mid-2000s: 

UMiami vs. Pittsburgh                     

The Miami Hurricanes lead the series against the Pitt Panthers, 23-10. 

12:30 Game:

Syracuse vs. Boston College

The Syracuse Orange and the Boston College Eagles began playing annually in 1971, and SU currently leads the all-time series 28-18.

3:30 Games: 

Alabama vs. Auburn            

The Iron Bowl, consisting of a rivalry between the Bama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, is considered one of the best and most fought-for rivalry in college sports. Together, the schools make up 32 SEC titles (Bama 24, Auburn 8.) 

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota                 

This rivalry’s first trophy, used between 1930-1943, was called “The Slab of Bacon.” In Minnesota’s 1943 victory, the trophy was lost in the commotion of the field being rushed. The trophy was missing for over 50 years after that. 

7:30 Games:

Thanksgiving Weekend Football Games & Rivalries

Florida State vs. Florida                

The Seminoles vs. Gators rivalry is the most balanced in the league. The series has been tied 4-4 over the last 8 games, 11-11-1 over the last 23 games, and 21-21-1 since 1974.

Texas A&M vs. LSU                           

Before they both joined the SIAA, the two teams played one game at College Station in 1899. They didn’t faceoff again until 1906. The series has been on and off as the teams have switched between conferences, but the rivalry started back up most recently in 2012 when A&M joined the SEC. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and, assuming your feet still fit in your SKICKS after next Turkey Day, don’t forget to post pictures and support your team!


  • Fred&Dottie Haas

    It’s Thanksgiving Day, (not just ‘turkey day’)! Yes, we’re thankful for turkey and football, and a myriad of other things and reasons, but without God and His blessings, we have nothing. (Perspective matters)

  • Tra Cooper-Harris

    Go Tigers… WIN!!!!

  • Margaret Kenney

    Go CANES!

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