It's all about playing for the crystal ball
It's why we wake up those early Saturday mornings to catch College Gameday. It's to see all the action right in front of you. Whether it is the school you went to or your favorite team, you watch them every Saturday to see them play your most hated rivals and to watch great athletes come to play. There are so many reasons why college football is the best sport in America and here are all 100 hope you enjoy.
College Basketball is 2nd. Thought I would put that out there.
Whether it is Happy Valley, The Horseshoe, The Swamp, The Sea of Red or Death Valley on a Saturday night or the blue turf, no other sport stadiums compare to college football stadiums.
They are huge, they are intimidating, they make the home team have that potential "12th man". All these stadiums are like cathedrals. Walking up to these big huge great historic places are once in a lifetime experiences and it takes your breath away.
Notre Dame with TD Jesus in the background or Michigan with it's seating capacity of over 109,000, the experience you get from going to these places is an experience you will never forget. These stadiums give their home teams extreme home field advantage.
Top 30 toughest stadiums to play at.
29. West Virginia
28. South Carolina
25. Ole Miss
22. Notre Dame
21. Boise St.
20. Florida St.
19. Texas A&M
15. Virginia Tech
7. Ohio St.
2. Penn St.
There is nothing like a Saturday. It's your day off, you have no school, no work. It is the day to get with your family and watch some college football. Sundays aren't as great, you wake up knowing, oh I have school tommorow and I still have a bunch of homework. Lets see whats on, oh it's the NO FUN LEAGUE. Saturdays just have that feeling in the air, that Sundays don't have and never will.
Student sections and fans are what make the stadium intimidating. Most of these student sections are so crazy with their chants and signs. They create new traditions every year and follow old traditions also.
If you want to see a crazy student section look no further than Wisconsin. Once the fourth quarter starts and House of Pain's song "Jump Around" comes on the whole student section starts jumping up and down and the visiting team is usually like "oh crap!"
College football fans are the most hardcore fans in the world. When it comes to making and creating signs, people get so creative and some are so bad they won't allow them into the stadium.
Some of my favorite signs
-Is this the line for Hannah Montana tickets
-It burns when Sparky pees
-Not so fast my friends...thats what she said.
Hands down NFL Countdown can't compete with College Gameday.
Gameday travels accross the nation to the top games every week, they have better announcers and hosts and who doesn't want to watch a show with Erin Andrews! I don't see NFL Countdown travel accross the nation to the NFL's biggest games they just stay in lonely Bristol. NFL Countdown doesn't have 12,000+ fans behind them yelling for three hours and they had to wait in line for a day or two days to maybe get on the show.
People do not tailgate a week before for an NFL game. College students start tailgating that Sunday or Monday after that last game they just went too. Like I said before Gameday people are waiting in line for two days just to see this show.
We have Lee Corso and when he picks the featured game and puts on one of the team's mascot's head, fans boo him for several minutes or they praise him. Kirk is one of the best sport announcers there is. Also, we get to see a Washington State flag at every Gameday.
When I try to watch an NFL game it's so boring because you know whats going to happen. "I bet you this team marches down the field and kicks a game winning field goal, oh look i was right again!"
When you watch college football you have no idea whats going to happen, there is too much passion, intensity within the game. In college every game matters unlike the NFL.
Sooner or later college football will get a playoff and once that haooens the NFL will be done. NFL TV ratings will drop. Even without the playoffs, the BCS makes great teams play against each other, and it lets fans see dream matchups. All the bowl games span the nation from Idaho and New Mexico to Florida and all over. We have also the one and only Rose Bowl.
Notre Dame vs Michigan one of college football greatest rivalries
This is my favorite reason. I hate how the NFL will try to hype up a Bears vs Packers or Cowboys vs Redskins rivalry game. I barely consider any NFL rivalry game a rivalry game at all. If its late in the year and lets say Washington is 4-11 and Dallas is 6-9, both teams don't care anymore, so they don't play with that passion anymore. They just want their next paycheck.
Now let's switch back to college. Let's say it's 0-8 Michigan vs a 0-8 Michigan St. Both teams are going to put their records aside because they hate each other and for the fans all they want is their team is too win so they can trash talk to the other teams fans for another year until they meet again.
Top college football rivalries in no specific order.
Ole Miss vs Mississippi St.
Clemson vs South Carolina
Notre Dame vs Michigan
Miami vs Notre Dame
Auburn vs Georgia
Notre Dame vs USC
Ohio St. vs Michigan
Alabama vs Tenn.
Georgia vs Georgia Tech
Alabama vs Auburn
Florida vs Georgia
Utah vs BYU
Harvard vs Yale
Virginia vs Virginia Tech
Lehigh vs Lafayette
Colorado St. vs Colorado
Florida vs Florida St.
Florida St. vs Miami
Minnesota vs Wisconsin
Kansas vs Missouri
Cal vs Stanford
Oregon vs Oregon St.
Iowa vs Michigan
LSU vs Geo.
Oklahoma vs Texas
Grambling vs Southern
Fresno vs Boise
Boise vs TCU
Nebraska vs Oklahoma
Texas A&M vs Texas
Army vs Navy
USC vs UCLA
Notre Dame vs Army
Notre Dame vs Navy
Auburn's War Eagle
The Wazzu Flag- Washington St.
Paternoville- Penn St.
Worlds largest drum- Purdue
Wooo, pig, sooie- Arkansas
Mike the Tiger- LSU
Smoke tunnel- Miami
Reveille- Texas A&M
Running Ralphie- Colorado
Tommy Trojan- USC
War Eagle- Auburn
Sooner Schooner- Oklahoma
Cowbell- Mississippi St.
Gator Chomp- Florida
UGA Tradition- Georgia
Bullet- Oklahoma St.
Hail to the victors- Michigan
Chief Osceola- Florida St.
Blackshirts/Sea of Red- Nebraska
Power T- Tenn.
Howards Rock- Clemson
Play like a champion and TD Jesus- Notre Dame
Buckeyes Band Dotting eye- Ohio St.
Joe Vandal- Idaho
Blue Turf- BSU
5th Qt.- Wisconsin
War chant- Florida St.
Rocky Top- Tenn.
And much more.
After months and months of being recruited, the top high school football prospects choose where they will play there college football at. All the fans speculate where the recruits will go. National Signing Day to some college football fans is like Christmas morning. Some passionate fans even proclaim it a national holiday. Some schools will throw parties to celebrate a chance where a ton of promising talent can all come together on one team by signing their letter of intent. For seven hours ESPN brings you live to the top players in the nation to hear their choices.
Denard busted out onto the scene this year with his amazing ability to escape the pocket and making good decisions as a QB
And much more.
Or otherwise known as BCS conference teams. Where the "Big Boys" come to play every Saturday, well except for the Big East.
College tailgating is like no other. NFL tailgating can't compare. Right after Saturdays games, that Sunday or Monday, famlies and students are back at it again. That's dedication and you see a lot of it in SEC football especially LSU and Alabama. Nevemind just put the whole SEC in there. Also many other schools.
Top 25 tailgates in the nation.
21. Boise St.
19. South Carolina
18. Notre Dame
17. Mississippi St.
16. Penn St.
14. Ohio St.
10. West Virginia
8. Texas A&M
3. Ole Miss
How will Oregon fare against the men from Auburn? Only time will tell?
The National Championship is nothing but exciting. It locks number one and number two in the BCS. All year number one tries to survive several weeks to get to the national title. Many get upset and a new number one comes on as the next target. The players always bring their "A" game for this game because for some it is their last game in a college uniform and representing their school for the last time.
Auburn won the SEC Championship destroying South Carolina
These games are huge for their conferences and programs based on who wins these games goes to BCS bowl games or positions themselves better for a chance at the BCS title game.
Big 12 Championship
Big East Championship
The new PAC-12 will have one and the Big 10 will too soon we hope.
Nothing is greater than grilled or fried food before a game. You all know what I am talking about especially the SEC folk. All that southern hospitaility comes well when you recieve all that good food. Chicken, Chicken fried steak, beans etc.
Arizona St. is a major party school
If you attended the University of Wisconsin you know what I am talking about, I speak no more except for other party schools like Florida, USC, or LSU, or Notre Dame or University of Idaho or Arizona St.
How about the entire SWAC conference.
Notre Dame, Michigan and Tennessee to me have the three best fight songs in college football. To me Notre Dame's Victory March is the best.
Unlike Duke cheerleaders, all other cheerleaders are pretty good at what they do. I guess.
Mr. Collin here led Nevada to it's best season ever and it's biggest upset ever over Boise State at home.
College Football fans love seeing upsets they fuel college football.
App. St. over Michigan in the Big House
BSU vs Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl
Nevada vs BSU
Jacksonville St. over Ole Miss
James Madison over Virginia Tech
Lots more you can look up in the past 10 years.
Joe Paterno: Legend
Bobby Bowden: Legend
And much more.
Mike the tiger: LSU
The Yellow Jackets are the masters of the option attack.
Who doesn't love seeing different types of offenses. Weather it is Georgia Tech with the option or any team running the spread or as we have seen the Wildcat formation has taken the NFL and NCAA by storm.
With many offenses and tons of talent all over the field, bigger plays are going to happen in college football. The stadiums these college kids play in pump up the athletes and it brings out the best in them.
You can see it in a college game. There is passion in every play and intensity like no other. The NFL just doesn't show it at all. It is just a drag watching the NFL because most of the time there is no passion, it's just guys playing for that next paycheck. NFL just doesn't compare to college football.
These college athletes, except maybe Cam Newton and Reggie Bush, don't get paid like NFL players so they are playing for the pride of their school and they are playing to bump their draft stock up so they can get more money once they hit the No Fun League.
Before the year starts everyone asks themselves, who will win the Heisman? All year long we watch as the Heisman chase unfolds before us. We see who is for real and who is just a one week hit. This year there is no doubt who will win, but in past years there have been great Heisman chases to remember.
NFL overtime—some people say NFL overtime is better because if you lose the coin toss your defense should be good enough to stop the opposing teams offense. I'm sorry if they get a good kick return and a quick slant then run the ball three times and the game is over in there minutes. It's ridiculous.
College overtime—Both teams start from the 25 and both get a chance on offense and defense and once it gets to the third overtime if you score a touchdown you have to go for two. So much better.
Who doesn't want to revisit Catholics versus Convicts or Texas versus Ohio St or other great out of conference matchups you don't get to see every year.
This year we got to see Boise State vs Virginia Tech or Nevada pummel Cal.
These kids aren't just athletes, they are full time students at their respective universitys, they take classes and practice. Their days are crazy unlike NFL players.
Unlike the NFL, which keeps ticking if you get a first down the clock stops until you line up.
Top 10 schools for school pride for overall every college team.
10. North Carolina
5. Penn St.
3. Ohio St.
1. Texas A&M
In the NFL once you are out of the playoff race your remaining games don't matter. Everyone starts racing for the first pick in the NFL Draft.
In college, if you get to six wins you are bowl eligible, so if you are 0-6 that team is still going to fight to get on a six game winning streak and go to a bowl game and every rivalry game matters whatever the teams records are.
We all know the NFL is famous worldwide because of the Super Bowl but, college football is famous in places you wouldn't imagine, places in Europe and China.
For NFL fans most of them root for the city's team you were born in.
For college football fans the team you cheer for could be across the nation because you had a family member go there or your family has always cheered for them.
For college football fans it doesn't matter what city you live in.
From the moment they step on the field for the first time as a freshmen they only have four years and thats it. You are done after four years, so guys just can't keep dominating the league, and dynastys have to find ways to continue and good teams have to be ready to recruit well all year every year.
For college football some coaches are Gods at their universitys like Joe Paterno at Penn St. and Bobby Bowden at Florida St., but sometimes coaches get that boot out that door only after one year or a few years like this guy in the picture.
You Steeler fans know what I am talking about, James Harrison shouldn't be fined for these hits, Rodger Goodell is ridiculous it seems like if you touch a QB you are getting fined for $50,000 or more. The NFL is turning into a flag football league and it is sad for the NFL. Ndamukong Suh should not have been fined either for his so called "hit" on the biggest crybaby in sports Jay Cutler.
With more passion and more intensity in college football you know there is going to be bigger hits! We all love them and the NFL seems to not allow them anymore.
People pay to see big hits not flashy catches.
Well I have no idea why I put Idaho State up here, but at least they have the manhood to play against Georgia.
We love seeing the little sisters of the poor prove themselves against the big dogs.
Hook and Ladder check, HB pass check, Statue of Liberty check, The Riddler check. Look no further then Boise Sate. They know how to draw up the best trick play.
Kirk, Corso, Nessler, E.A., Howard, Holtz, May, James, Rod, Joe, Palmer, and a few more are way better than Boomer and the "Gang."
Yes they are!
Would you rather watch a game with 100,000 fans at the staidum or 50,000? Just asking!
Top Ten College Football Chants
10. Idaho Vandals chant
9. Ole Miss- you know what chant I am talking about.
8. Penn State's lets go P-S-U
7. Notre Dame- Eveyone singing Victory March
6. Florida- Gator Chomp
5. LSU chants very fast
4. Tennessee- Singing Rocky Top
3. FSU- Tomahawk Chant
2. Arkansas Woo Pig Sooie
1. Roll Tide- Bama
I went to Florida at LSU a few years back and when Tebow took they field, the LSU fans chanted
"Hey Tebow. Hoo HAw. I want to know if you want to be our b#@&*"
All year we see who your school will sign, whenever an ESPN 150 recruit signs with your school you jump for joy and tell yourself we can get another one! All year college coaches are visiting these kids houses and calling to talk to them about their program. Whatever school the athlete chooses he knows he is now dedicated to this school for four years.
Top 10 best entrances in college football
13. Texas A&M
11. Colorado- Run Ralphie
8. Howards Rock- Clemson
7. Tunnel Walk- Nebraska
6. Ohio State
5. The Smoke- Miami
4. South Carolina
3. Florida State
2. Virginia Tech- Enter Sandman
1. Notre Dame- Play Like A Champion Today
For one day of the whole year you actually can't stand your best friend because he went to Michigan and you went to Ohio State and you hate him the whole day. You wouldn't want anything more then your team to win so you can shove it in his face for a whole year.
Some familes are split. Maybe a mom went to Auburn and a dad went to Bama and for that one day I don't think much love is going to be shown between those two and the kids are going to get the worst of it. From their berth they have two choices Auburn or Bama, Mom's side or Dad's side.
Every year before the season starts they release the preseason Top 25 and every week shake-ups and upsets happen and the polls change. The BCS, lets just not talk about it.
120 to 32 can you even compare!
Again more than 100 games each week.
Throughout the day and into the night, the intensity and vibe all day is never bigger and seems to grow bigger and bigger until gametime.
Who do you think has the best college football atmosphere all day and into the night?
What college team has the best hand signal?
With more teams than the NFL, college football always has more close games and overtime games.
What was the greatest game you ever watched and had you on the edge of your seat?
Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada to the MWC.
BYU going independent.
Colorado to Pac-10.
Utah to Pac-10.
TCU to Big East.
Nebraska to Big 10.
And other rumors continue to rumble.
Boise State, Utah, Nevada, Fresno State, Applachian State. Who do you think in the last 10 years has been the number one team to come out of nowhere?
Who this year, or in years past has been the most exciting player to watch in your mind? My list includes the following.
1. Calvin Johnson
2. Ndamukong Suh
3. Tim Tebow
4. Patrick Peterson
Weeks before the season starts, many of the ESPN college football experts travel across the country to see many teams spring scrimmages. These scrimmages determine starting positions.
Death Penalty for SMU, two year probation for USC and many other schools on probation during different times of college football.
Who doesn't want to sit around with family eat food and watch Boise State vs Virginia Tech?
Which college has the best small town feel?
I heard Laramie, Wyoming. I've been there. Boring!
What is the best college football rivalry trophy in your mind?
I'll take the Commander-In-Chief trophy between Army, Navy and Air Force
Just read the story about Georgia State and guess who their head coach is. Bill Curry. Yes the one and only Bill Curry who coached at Alabama.
NFL teams can pack up and leave whenever they want, College teams like Michigan and Notre Dame will never leave Ann Arbor and South Bend.
Top 25 Jerseys in College Football
18. Boise St.
16. Ohio St.
15. Florida St.
12. Kansas St.
11. Oregon St.
9. North Carolina
5. Penn St.
1. Notre Dame
Just go look at the teams that used them this year. Except Ohio State those were just putrid.
Boise St., Virginia Tech, TCU, Oregon St., Pittsburgh and much more.
Can you imagine if your dad was let's say a USC fan and your mom was a Notre Dame fan. I'm pretty sure they won't be a lot of talking between those two.
Cam Newton has led his team to an undefeated record so far, will it continue against Oregon?
In the NFL it's pretty much impossible to go 16-0 except for the Pats. In college football at the end of the year there is always about four or five teams that try to keep an undefeated season when they go into their bowl game.
If you go to a college football game, especially an SEC game, pretty much everyone in the stadium is absolutely gone and drunk. But as the games go on they don't drink more and they get more sad and depressed then mad because they love their team so much. You think I'm crazy, college football is a relgion to some people.
Most of all fans get mad after the game.
The energy in college football never dies and never ends. Within the game the coaches are full with it. The players and the fans and it makes the whole experience even better.
Who doesnt love getting on forums or discussion boards on ESPN or Fox Sports, and just arguing and ripping fans from other teams.
No building beats Touchdown Jesus so don't even try to compare another building from another college to it.
If your college loses, you will feel the pain off the loss all over the campus and within the teachers too that love cheering on their students.
Thats the reason we watch College Gameday then we end up either loving or hating Corso for the rest of the day.
No other sport does this excpet maybe college basketball. I don't see MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA fans doing this.
Guess what. We are still debating if it is Oregon or Auburn.
Whether it's the "Tiger Walk" or the "Vol Walk" or any other college, this is when you know if your teams ready to play.
Even if they have bad season, they will never die within the media.
You will rarely ever see someone from Nebraska cheering for Oklahoma, or a Gopher fan going for the Badgers.
With recruiting you have the ability to sign anyone you want. It's highly unlikely one team could sign the the top ten best players in the nation, but could you imagine how dominant they would be? You never know it could happen.
Who doesn't love watching college kids storm the field with their fellow peers and celebrate a huge win or a last second win. Who doesn't like watching kids take down the goal posts and take them out of the stadium.
Erin Andrews vs Michelle Beadle vs Alex Flannagan
To some people, every college football game is a ceremony that they will never forget.
Okay, this is off topic but I'm not a big fan of Madden. Only 32 teams no thank you! Give me 120 and recruiting.
By making athletes stay for two years, it makes college football even more exciting and it makes these college athletes think a little more about if they really want to leave. Instead of just bolting to the No Fun League, they can become a legend at their respective university.
If I hear Chris Berman one more time with his stupid "he could go all the way" rant I might shoot myself. College football does have Mark May and we apologize, but every other announcer beats any other corny NFL announcer.
Nothing pumps you up a day before the game then a pep rally.
We have the priviledge to watch the men that serve our country every day play against each other and against the top teams in the nation.
I would love to thank our soldiers that fight for us everyday overseas and put their life in danger for us everyday also.
Before warm-ups, Notre Dame comes through the student section.
Depends on coaches because if new ones come in some of them don't mess with tradition some want to start new ones.
I hate NFL promos! I do cheer for the Detroit Lions, but still every NFL promo I watch I just laugh at because they try to put passion into it like college promos. College promos actually get more exciting every year!
If your a team that is struggling and it's your last game of the year and your a senior this is your Super Bowl.
If it's you senior year and your school's first bowl game this is your Super Bowl also.
College Football Live and College Gameday and Recruiting Insider are better than any NFL show.
NFL sunday ticket's pricing is ridiculous compared to the College Football Gameplan and you get more games! Easy choice.
Who said the little guys can't hang with the big dogs?
Wow looks like Roger isn't getting anything done. Good luck NFL fans.
Thats right. A week earlier so you don't have to wait for real hard hitting football.
Without college football, where's the NFL? Oh that's right there is none!