Among the similarities? Nobody goes to class...
Occasionally you get an athlete or coach to delve beneath the "one game at a time" and "next game is the biggest game" cliche vortex.
Such is the case with Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo who compares his team's rivalry with the Jets to the one he experienced in college at Tennessee when the Volunteers battled the Gators.
As told to the Dennis and Callahan radio show in Boston:
"It does feel a little different. Kind of like back in college. Florida week. Florida week was huge. Everybody trying to go super hard in practice so the game becomes easier and this is a rivalry game to us and it's definitely been a tough week for us."
Asked if he went to class during Florida week?
You thought I was joking. We rarely went to class during Florida week."
Mayo was in Knoxville during the Phil Fulmer era. No word if the "no class" strategy was still being employed leading up to Saturday's showdown on Rocky Top.
Not that strategy really seems to matter at this point in a rivalry where one team can scuffle through another uneven offensive performance and still win by two touchdowns on the road.