College Rivalry Weekend

College football began in the mid-1800s when some New England students with a little extra energy started playing an unruly and raw form of rugby. Walter Camp, often called the father of American football, brought some order to the rowdy game with rules innovations like the line of scrimmage and sets of distance-and-downs we would recognize in today’s modern game.

But even older than football itself were college rivalries. They bled into every sport and gridiron was no exception. In the decades since football began, it has become an American tradition to gather around a TV screen once the turkey is cleared from the plates. Some families all sport the same team colors. Many families are a “house divided,” with some members rooting for teams on opposite ends of a great football rivalry. No matter which team you cheer for, we can all agree on one thing: disagreeing with the refs.

Does your family have a favorite football tradition? We want to know how you enjoy football. Share your favorite family stories or memories of rivalry weekend and tag us on Facebook.

This football season has been a little different than any season in recent memory. With limited attendance and altered schedules, you may find yourself missing the community feeling that comes from tailgate parties or cheering from the stands. We miss it too. That’s why we’re taking a look back at our Gameday Surprise visits to several college campuses during the 2019 football season.

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We have another way to help you celebrate your team pride. If you’re a fan of Southern Miss, Ole Miss or Mississippi State University, BancorpSouth offers team-branded debit cards. You can share your spirit every time you make a debit purchase! To learn more about team affinity cards, visit our website. Or visit a branch or call your friendly BancorpSouth representative to sign up.

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