Jaguars, Colts Rivalry Defines the AFC South

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The AFC South is a young division with little long-ranging history. Sure, the Titans/Oilers and the Colts have long running histories, but they’ve rarely experienced big success in the Super Bowl era. At first look, one would think that the Titans would be a huge rival of Indianapolis, and the Jaguars would be rivals with the Texans. We all know that the Texans have been a thorn in the Jaguars’ side since they came into the league. Or, perhaps the pesky Titans should be big rivals with the Jaguars. All that seems to make good sense, but the Jaguars and the Colts? That seems a little odd, but that’s the way it is.

I asked 18to88.com‘s Nate Dunlevy via Twitter who Colts fans hated the most out of the teams in the AFC South, and this is what he said:

“Which AFC South team we hate the most? the Jags, no question about it. Not even close”

That’s the type of statement that says, “I hate it when they beat us, but I love it when we beat their ass.” And that my friends, is the definition of a rivalry.

As we all know, the Jaguars and the Colts split last year’s season series. Had the Jaguars won in week 15, they would have been headed for the playoffs, not the Colts. Sure, that game still stings, but looking forward, this rivalry can only get better.

I, like many, believe the Jaguars are getting better. Yes, there are major concerns going into the 2011 season *cough* quarterback *cough*, but the Jaguars are still a very young team, and they’re growing into their role. The Jaguars are often a step behind the Colts, but that gap seems to be closing.

The Titans are in a state of transition, and the Texans seem to be on the rise, and I actually think they’ll be a big player in determining the division champion, but in my world, it’s all about the Jaguars and the Colts.

The AFC South will likely transition once Manning retires or becomes less effective. The division has been defined by big moments between the Colts and the Jags with pieces of the Titans and the Texans mixed in. As the division begins to transition, the rivalry will change and evolve with it, but for now at least, it’s still all about those two games that I circle on my schedule every year. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.

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