As the 2010 season dawns upon us there is 1 question that makes a lot of people curious as to what the answer is. That question that we frequently ask ourselves is, “Who is New York’s favorite college football team?” Growing up in Queens, I never had a team right there to follow. As I got older and started playing football and understanding the game more and more, I would walk through the city and see a wide variety of fan gear(obviously do to the alumni from big schools in NYC). Seeing Michigan fans, Notre Dame fans, Miami fans, it made me want something. It made me want a New York team, a home team and most of all a college team to root for. When I discovered where my fandom lied I never ever changed my heart, rooted for other teams like everyone else, but always kept that 1 team closest to my heart and soul. I decided to share with you all the answer to the football team of the Big Apple.
There are 3 FBS football schools in the state of New York. There are a total of 5 FBS teams in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut). All of them are vying for a piece of New York, by closing deals with major local networks to broadcast games and playing games in Yankee Stadium and in East Rutherford. Rutgers is closer than everything else, and Buffalo would be the farthest you would have to travel if you were a New York City Bulls fan. When it comes to basketball Syracuse is no doubt the Big Apple’s number 1 team, for the simple fact their second home is Madison Square Garden, but that crowd does not always go over to football unfortunately. During one of Rutgers football games the Empire State building was colored in scarlet red, an on many cabs you will see and ad for Syracuse reading “New York’s College Team”. We all know NY is not exactly a football state but there are many football fans as we see with the Jets and Giants in the NFL and there are many more looking for a college football home. So here it goes the countdown to New York City’s number 1, college football team.