The Biggest NCAAF Rivalry Games in November
We’ve reached the month of November and if you enjoy betting on college football, that means it’s time for NCAA rivalry games. This is a great time of year to bet on NCAA football since most teams have a lot more on the line this late in the season. While we were forced to miss out on much of this annual tradition last year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the games are back in full force in 2021. Bovada Sportsbook has betting lines, point spreads, props and futures on all of this year’s college football action, giving you the chance to win some real money while watching the games!
Taking place towards the end of NCAA football’s regular season, these rivalry games mean a lot to both the players and the fans of college teams around the nation. These games also set the stage for bowl season and the College Football Playoffs, meaning there is a lot at stake during this time of year. Regardless of standings or seeding, you can be sure you’re in for a wild game when two rival squads take the field versus one another. Whether it’s Michigan-Ohio State, Alabama-Auburn, Army-Navy or any of the other countless feuds in NCAA football, there’s plenty of excitement during rivalry games. As is always the case with sports betting, the more you know, the better your odds of winning, so this article will walk you through some of the most intriguing college football rivalry games over the month of November.
College Football Rivalry Games
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines – November 27
Known simply as “The Game”, this matchup features what is arguably the most popular rivalry in all of college football. The Buckeyes are currently the fifth-ranked team in the nation and boast the highest-scoring offense in the FBS at over 47 points per game. Currently ranked seventh in the AP Poll, Michigan head coach Jon Harbaugh would love to finally earn a victory over Ohio State, but the Wolverines haven’t defeated their rival since 2011.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Tigers – November 27
Nicknamed “The Iron Bowl”, this annual game was first played all the way back in 1893. Alabama leads the all-time series 47–37–1 and will likely be the betting favorite this year. Auburn already has two losses after falling to Penn State and Georgia earlier this season, but the Tigers have played better recently with wins over two Top 25 programs. As the final regular season game for both teams, this is one matchup you don’t want to miss.
Florida Gators at Florida State Seminoles – November 27
The rivalry game between Florida and Florida State has been an exciting matchup over the years, though the Gators lead the all-time series 36-26-2. Despite the fact that both programs are having down-years, there will be plenty of betting excitement once this rivalry game gets started. Occasionally referred to as “The Sunshine Showdown”, there will be a lot of state pride on the line in this contest.
Harvard Crimson at Yale Bulldogs – November 20
Despite neither team boasting major college football programs, this Ivy League matchup draws a fair amount of betting interest every year. This matchup goes as far back as 1875 and the last time they played it resulted in a thrilling 50-43 double overtime victory for Yale. You may not have gone to school at Harvard or Yale, but you can still win money by betting on this historic college football matchup.
California Golden Bears at Stanford Cardinal – November 20
While these schools currently sit at the bottom of PAC-12 North standings, none of that will matter when they go head-to head in November. Known as “The Big Game”, this is the oldest NCAA football rivalry in the West and the winner gets to take home “The Axe Trophy”. If you plan on betting this game, you should know that Stanford leads the all-time series 65–47–11 and was won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two schools.
UCLA Bruins at USC Trojans – November 20
This rivalry features two elite NCAA football programs and dates back to 1929. Both of these schools are located in Los Angeles, with the two campuses a mere 12 miles apart from one another. While both teams have storied histories, UCLA and USC are both struggling this year at 5-4 and 4-4, respectively, heading into the month. Don’t be surprised if we see plenty of scoring in this game as both teams are giving up more than 28 points per game to opposing offenses.
Lafayette Leopards – Lehigh Mountain Hawks – November 20
Many NCAA football fans are not familiar with this particular college football rivalry, but there’s a reason you see it on this list. This game is known as “The Rivalry” and is the most played and longest uninterrupted matchup in the entire history of college football. The tradition began in 1884 and hasn’t missed a beat since, with Lafayette owning a slight lead in the series at 80-71-5. These may not be two of the best teams in the NCAA, but you can become a part of college football history by betting on record-breaking 157th matchup between this longstanding rivalry.
Oregon Ducks at Oregon State Beavers – November 27
You might not realize it but this is actually the fifth-most played rivalry game in the history of college football. It may not get the respect it deserves with the winner getting a trophy that looks like a platypus, but that may change this year with Oregon currently taking up one of the four spots in the College Football Playoffs. You can bet they’ll be fired up for this one having lost last year’s matchup in a 41-38 shootout to the Beavers.
Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys – November 27
The Oklahoma Sooners are red hot heading into November as they rank eighth in the country with an undefeated record of 9-0. You could make the case that the Sooners have yet to be truly tested so far this year, but that will change when they take on rival Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have an elite defensive unit that is allowing just 18 points per game and should be an interesting challenge for a Sooners squad that has been nearly unstoppable on offense.