The best college football teams in America are determined through wins and losses, polls, power rankings, bowl games and, starting this season, an actual playoff system.
But how a team fares on the field doesn't automatically transfer to where they play. That's where the fans come in, as well as how a community embraces its college football team, which can go a long way toward enhancing the game experience.
The town where a college is located is the central nervous system of the school's athletic fandom, and nowhere does this manifest itself more than during football season. The handful of Saturdays every fall when a game is in town transforms the region into one big pep rally, often starting long before the contest and continuing far after the final play.
Every college town has a certain vibe to it, but some buzz with more intensity than others, as if football helps keep the blood pumping. Those spots are the ones that make up Bleacher Report's Top 25 College Football Towns for 2014.