Top College Rivalries Served by Amtrak

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This weekend the #AmtrakRivalry train leaves Chicago headed to East Lansing, Mich., to see the MSU Spartans take on the University of Michigan. And it will be chock full of football fans—from opposing teams. Yep, we’re doing it, folks!

But Michigan isn’t the only place for big #AmtrakRivalry games. Here’s the top college rivalries served by Amtrak.

6. Georgia Tech vs. Clemson University
ATL-iens can take the Crescent route up to Clemson, SC, to watch the Yellow Jackets and Tigers face-off. In fact, the route even serves another ACC team, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. While the Wahoos might not draw the football crowds of the other two Crescent teams, they do have the No. 1 women’s soccer team in the country.

5. Harvard vs. Yale
There’s brains on trains for this #AmtrakRivalry! Our Northeast Regional connects both Boston and New Haven, Conn. And if you really want to get fancy, you can ride the Acela Express, our high-speed train, to watch these two top schools battle it out at The Game, which dates back to 1875.

4. University of Oregon vs. Oregon State
This #AmtrakRivalry gets its kicks on the Cascades route which connects the rival towns of Eugene, Ore., home the of University of Oregon Ducks, and Albany, Ore., of Oregon State. Luckily for these schools, the views are so awesome along the route, that passengers might not even notice their rivals are onboard.

3. Notre Dame vs. Purdue University
These football powerhouses are such rivals, they can’t even share the same route through the state of Indiana. Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., is served by the Hoosier State while Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., has the Lake Shore Limited and the Capitol Limited. Technically that’s 2-1 in favor of Notre Dame. Is it too bold to declare them the winner?

2. Alabama vs. Anyone
Our #AmtrakRivalry list wouldn't be complete without calling out the No. 1 football team in the country--the Crimson Tide of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Not only does our Crescent route serve the town, you can see the stadium from your seat on the train. Roll Tide!

1. Oklahoma University vs. University of Texas
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the #AmtrakRivalry is no different. Austin, Texas, home of the hook ’em Horns, is on one of our longest routes, the Texas Eagle, which travels from Chicago all the way to LA. But the Sooners at Oklahoma University in Norman, OK, will not be out done. Their route, the Heartland Flyer, recently experienced record ridership growth for the year!

Is there an #AmtrakRivalry we missed? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

The #AmtrakRivalry train will travel Nov. 1 from Chicago Union Station to East Lansing, Mich., one day before in-state football rivals Michigan State University and the University of Michigan face off in East Lansing. Follow the action and show your own school spirit by using the hashtag #AmtrakRivalry!

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