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Magia Day 2051 curtain-raiser to Rivalry Week

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Magia Day 2051 curtain-raiser to Rivalry Week

By Sakura Honda
The Daily Magi
November 20, 2051

Week 14 of the college football season is known as Rivalry Week in the United States and Canada. Some of the greatest rivalry matches take place, where the stakes are high and the intensity is real. Rivalry Week kicks off today, here at Mitakihara Stadium, where Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi host Sadao Mao's UNLV Rebels for a spot in the 2051 Mountain West Conference Championship Game.

This is Magia Day 2051, honoring the student-athletes of the Mitakihara Class of 2052 in all sports. Kickoff at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town, B.C. is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN 2, City, TVA Sports, NHK and BBC.

Historically, for the Magi, the road to the Mountain West Championship has gone through Las Vegas. Last year's showdown in Vegas was a defensive struggle, but Mitakihara were able to pull it out and prevail, 86-24. The Rebels are intent on not only spoiling the Magi's BCS dreams, but also do something that has never been done in two decades by any other team: defeat the Magi of Mitakihara University in a football game.

"To us, Mitakihara is just another team," said Coach Mao on Saturday at practice in Vancouver. "They have their reputation, but to us, they are another team. It's the media that spin them as the Greatest College Football Team in College Football, but they are nothing special to us. The Magi are just another team in our schedule."

The words were not welcomed with open arms by a number of seniors on the football team who will be honored this afternoon.

"I think that's just another way of him saying 'we're gonna get our asses kicked but we're gonna go bowling anyway since this is really just an exhibition for us,'" said middle linebacker Luis "Cheese" Thomas. "That's fine with us, because that's exactly what's gonna happen. You all know how this is going to go. We don't need to tell you.

"I'm concerned more with Georgia, and if they are going to be our opponent, or if it's going to be Notre Dame," said defensive captain and strong safety Deonne Floyd. "I wonder if we're gonna be facing the Bulldogs or Irish. We're not going to be overconfident when we take on UNLV because we know that they are a very good team in our league.

"If you ask me who I want to face, I'd rather renew the Battle of the Angels."

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