In some places, the question of rivals is not debatable. In the SEC, Auburn is Alabama’s biggest, and vice versa. In the Big 10, Michigan and Ohio State loathe one another like no others. In ACC basketball, Duke and North Carolina are unmatched in their intertwined histories.
So when it comes to Georgia Tech and the ACC, is Clemson the Yellow Jackets’ chief conference foe?
Most fans would say yes in part for the fact that the Tigers are the closest team in the conference, not to mention some tense shared history in recent years.
As Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC) went through final preparations Thursday to play Saturday at Clemson (3-3, 1-2), that may not be a unanimous viewpoint.
Senior cornerback Dominique Reese of Auburn, what say you?
“It’s like any other game,” Reese said. “I hate all the teams the same, with the same amount of passion. I guess you’d say Clemson because it’s so close and fans are going to travel to that game more. I guess they are our biggest rival.”
Debate among yourselves.
– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC