World Cup Counterparts for College Football's Top 2014 Teams

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World Cup Counterparts for College Football's Top 2014 Teams
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Summer is a difficult time for college football fans. The days are long and the news cycle is short, and it feels like an eternity stands between the middle of June and fall practice.

This year, though, the summer is a little less difficult—or at least it can be with an open mind. The FIFA World Cup, which is played every four years, has taken to Brazilian shores and is already in its infant stages. It is a spectacle like few (if any) in the sporting world.

It can make your summer go by faster.

Fans of the sport of soccer already understand this and are grateful for the World Cup's presence. Fans of college football alone do not and are not, which is why we have put together this list.

Not every World Cup nation has a close college football analogue, but many of them do. Drawing such comparisons—while far from a scientific exercise—can help put some of the games into context and, if all goes well, add a little intrigue for casual soccer viewers.

Sound off below, and chime in with any suggestions!

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