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List Rules Teams only, Nationally/Internationally relevance, Intensity, Competitive (not one sided), Longevity

The greatest rivalries in sports have pitted some of the best teams in baseball, basketball, football, and college against each other in a quest for eternal glory and bragging rights. The best sports rivalries span decades and even centuries as teams continuously meet in search of another check in the win column. Some of these match-ups pit the best sports franchises of all time against each other, while others are simply long fought feuds between cross-town competitors.

This list of the best rivalries in sports if restricted to teams only, and while there have been some great individual rivalries such as Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, etc, that is the topic of a separate greatest individual rivalries list. These are the eternal rivalries that make strangers hate each other based on an accent (Yankees/Red Sox), a home kit (Barcelona/Real Madrid), or a diploma (USC/UCLA). When it comes to these epic sports rivalries, you better pick a side because there's no neutral zone.

What are the best rivalries in sports? What are the top college rivalries? What teams are part of the top sports rivalries? These are some of the most anticipated sporting events of the year for die hard fans and casual viewers alike. If you know of a sports rivalry that's not yet on the list of the top rivalries in sports, make sure to add it so the people on each side of the contest can vote on whether they have as much ire for each other as the other teams on this list of the greatest rivalries in sports.
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1
1,372 1,264
MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox
2
1,426 1,076
College Football: Ohio State v... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan
3
1,278 833
College Basketball: North Caro... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke
4
1,204 924
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers
5
1,215 718
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Mad... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
6
745 782
College Football: Auburn vs. A... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama
7
720 812
NFL: Packers vs. Bears is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Packers vs. Bears
8
733 600
College Football: Army vs. Nav... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Army vs. Navy
9
556 578
Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchest... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United
10
500 702
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers
11
465 566
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins
12
388 567
College Football: Texas vs. Ok... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma
13
408 579
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings
14
384 622
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys
15
356 511
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs
16
470 337
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan
17
312 520
College Football: USC vs. Notr... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. Notre Dame
18
419 306
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil
19
365 431
NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
madamsundin added NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens
20
346 369
MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
bojanthebest added MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals
21
248 461
College Football: USC vs. UCLA is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. UCLA
22
301 387
NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys
23
276 439
NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers
24
261 343
NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles
25
343 298
Soccer: Manchester United Vs. ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
michalkaly added Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City