25 Best College Football Towns in America
With the bowl season coming to an end, college football fans will begin another long wait until the 2012 season kicks off.
While this wait is long and tests the patience of all fans around the nation, it can be good for one thing, planning a trip to a college football crazy town and taking in the experience.
Here is a look at 25 of the best college football towns in America that you may want to look into for 2012.
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Morgantown and the West Virginia fans have a well-known reputation of being able to have a good time and the fans love their football.
Plenty of good bars and restaurants are around the city and make this town a good destination for all football fans.
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Boulder, Colorado is a very unique and supportive town. Granted the Buffaloes have taken a step back in terms of production on the field, but the city still loves the program and will continue to support them until they find success again.
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Knoxville is home to the Tennessee Volunteers and is a great place for a game. The fans are extremely supportive and you can feel the passion throughout the time.
When you tailgate for a Tennessee game. you are getting the best out of a lot of worlds. They have the combination of amazing food, passionate fans and the ability to show up by water or land.
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Cheese, beer and football are the things that help get people in Wisconsin through the cold winters, and fans in Madison are no different.
Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers and locals to Madison know that the town is crazy for football and could rival any other city in the nation.
South Bend, Indiana
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One thing you have to love about South Bend and the Fighting Irish fans is the eternal optimism they have before the opening week of the season.
While the Irish have one of the strongest and largest fanbases, the city of South Bend provides a great location as it is a beautiful area with plenty of things to offer all college football fans.
Ann Arbor, MI
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Whenever you can consistently pack in over 100,000 fans on fall Saturdays, you know you are in a town that is crazy for college football.
Along with the massive stadium, Ann Arbor has outstanding bars and food and has a true college town feel to it.
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Ann Arbor isn't the only town in Michigan that has a great college feel to it, Lansing is the home of the Michigan State Spartans and is a great place to see as well.
Between the success of the basketball and football programs, the city is always buzzing about one sport or the other.
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Boise has become a tight community that rallies around the Broncos. The community has an "us against the world" feel and is extremely unique.
Unlike most college towns, Boise and its fans feel slighted and bring an outstanding turnout to every game the Broncos play in.
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Pittsburgh has a few things going for it that helped it make this list.
First, it is a football hungry town that loves the Steelers and uses the Panthers to help pass the tine. Also, by being in a large city, Pittsburgh has a unique feel to it and has plenty of bar and restaurant options.
Baton Rouge, LA
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One place that every college football fan should visit before they die is Death Valley and Baton Rouge.
The LSU fans are known for giving their team an incredible home-field advantage, and when the Tigers play at night, they are virtually unstoppable. The surrounding area and stadium make this one of the best places in the nation.
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Like other college football towns, Auburn is crazy for their Tigers and is another outstanding stop for any college fan.
Many locals know that not only is it a great town to visit, but emerging yourself in the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is an unique experience that they feel cannot be matched.
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The other half of the Alabama and Auburn rivalry resides in Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa is another outstanding spot for college football fans and would be fun to experience before or after visiting Auburn.
Aside from the usual bars and food that can be found in the area, experiencing a Crimson Tide game is a memorable experience.
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The city of Lincoln loves the Nebraska Cornhuskers and it is an outstanding place to take in the college football experience.
While the southern cities have received a lot of credit, Lincoln is on par in every way.
State College, PA
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The surrounding areas of Penn State are an outstanding place to be for any college football fan and should be a stop on every fan's list.
Penn State fans have tailgated and partied hard enough that they have outlawed the ability to drink alcohol outside of the stadium during the game.
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Texas is a football hotbed and Austin, Texas is no different. With the Longhorns around, Austin is an outstanding place to be during Saturdays in the fall.
When you take into account the food, the tradition and the passion of the fans, Austin is an outstanding place.
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When you talk about Texas and college football, Oklahoma is not far behind in that conversation. Another southern treat is going to Norman, Oklahoma and taking in a Sooners game.
Much like in Texas, the surroundings in Norman are beautiful and there are plenty of opportunities for a great meal or awesome tailgating.
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The reputation of the Virginia Tech fans does not stop when the fans leave the stadium. Outside of the home field, Blacksburg is an outstanding college football town and a place that lives and dies for the Hokies.
Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles is an unique city because of the fact that it no longer has an NFL franchise and both USC and UCLA are local to the area.
On top of the two schools, the area is host to the Rose Bowl and has endless options for people looking to do something outside of football.
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Not only is Tempe, Arizona an outstanding college football town to visit but it is a great town all together. With the food and drinking options and the gorgeous weather that surrounds you, it is hard to not enjoy your stay unless you visit in the dead of summer.
Iowa City, IA
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Another Midwest and Big Ten city to make the list is Iowa City. The fans in Iowa City are constantly behind their Hawkeyes, and the pride and passion oozes throughout the city.
Take time to visit this city and take in an Iowa game in the newly formatted Big Ten.
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Granted times are tough in Gainesville, as Tebow is gone and the Gators are struggling, but still the Gators are at the heart of this city and make it an outstanding place for fans to visit.
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From the experience inside of the stadium, to the tailgating outside, to the atmosphere around town, the people in Fayetteville love the Razorbacks and make this another outstanding city to visit in the SEC.
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Columbus is very unique in the sense that the Buckeyes are pretty much all they have and the fans do not seem to mind at all.
The community is extremely passionate about the Buckeyes, and if you plan on visiting their, make sure you are either supporting Ohio State or, more importantly, not supporting the opposition.
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Along with having one of the best home-field advantages, the Ducks live in a great college town that was also the site of the filming of Animal House.
Eugene has plenty of bars and restaurants surrounding the school and stadium and is an outstanding place to go take during a fall weekend.
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Back into the south we head to Athens, Georgia, a city that holds the Georgia Bulldogs close to their hearts. Along with being in SEC country, the south loves their football and this town is no different as the support is obvious throughout.