USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll. USA TODAY
BATON ROUGE, La. — What makes a rivalry exactly?
1. HATE: This is very important. But it has to come from both sides, not just from an inferiority complex on one side.
2. PROXIMITY: The closer the better. Fans will mix throughout the year — not just on game day — adding spice to the pot. Check Alabama versus Auburn. There are exceptions like Dallas-Washington in the NFL and USC-Notre Dame, but usually familiarity of geography breeds contempt and great recruiting battles, which only heat the stove more.
3. BALANCE: Each team needs to win somewhat frequently, or else the dominant