100 Reasons Why College Football Is Better Than The NFL

Adam Fisher@@adamfisher32Contributor IIJanuary 25, 2011

100 Reasons Why College Football Is Better Than The NFL

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    It's all about playing for the crystal ball
    It's all about playing for the crystal ballSteve Dykes/Getty Images

    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.

1. Stadiums Are Like Cathedrals/Stadium Experiences

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    Death Valley on a Saturday Night is to some the toughest place to play in College Football
    Death Valley on a Saturday Night is to some the toughest place to play in College Football

    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.

    30. Pitt

    29. West Virginia

    28. South Carolina

    27. Utah

    26. Miami

    25. Ole Miss

    24. Arkansas

    23. USC

    22. Notre Dame

    21. Boise St.

    20. Florida St.

    19. Texas A&M

    18. Washington

    17. Clemson

    16. Iowa

    15. Virginia Tech

    14. Georgia

    13. Oklahoma

    12. Auburn

    11. Tennessee

    10. Michigan

    9. Texas

    8. Oregon

    7. Ohio St.

    6. Wisconsin

    5. Alabama

    4. Florida

    3. Nebraska

    2. Penn St.

    1. LSU

2. Nothing Like a Saturday.

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    Bronco Stadium
    Bronco Stadium

    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.

3. Student Sections/Fans

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    Wisconsin home to the Badgers
    Wisconsin home to the Badgers

    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!"

4. Signs

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    TCU home to the Horned Frogs
    TCU home to the Horned Frogs

    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.

5. College Gameday Is Better Than NFL Countdown

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    The Usual Saturday Morning Show
    The Usual Saturday Morning Show

    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.

College Football Isn't Predictable LIke The NFL.

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    University of Utah home to the Utes
    University of Utah home to the Utes

    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.

7. Bowl Season/Postseason

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    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.

8. Rivalries

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    Notre Dame vs Michigan one of college football greatest rivalries
    Notre Dame vs Michigan one of college football greatest rivalriesJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    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

9. Tradition

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    Auburn's War Eagle
    Auburn's War EagleKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

    Bevo- Texas

    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.

10. Signing Day

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    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.

11. Players That Bust Out Onto The Scene

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    Denard busted out onto the scene this year with his amazing ability to escape the pocket and making good decisions as a QB
    Denard busted out onto the scene this year with his amazing ability to escape the pocket and making good decisions as a QBJamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Denard Robinson

    Kellen Moore

    Cam Newton

    Ian Johnson

    Troy Smith

    Alex Smith

    Andy Dalton

    Tim Tebow

    And much more.

12. Automatic Qualifiying Conferences

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    Or otherwise known as BCS conference teams. Where the "Big Boys" come to play every Saturday, well except for the Big East.

13. Tailgating

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    STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 24:  Fans tailgating prior to the Mississippi State v University of Florida Gator game, at Davis Wade Stadium on  October 24, 2009 in Starkville, Mississippi  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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    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.

    25. Colorado

    24. Auburn

    23. Oklahoma

    22. Michigan

    21. Boise St.

    20. Arkansas

    19. South Carolina

    18. Notre Dame

    17. Mississippi St.

    16. Penn St.

    15. Iowa

    14. Ohio St.

    13. Alabama

    12. Washington

    11. Texas

    10. West Virginia

    9. Georgia

    8. Texas A&M

    7. Clemson

    6. Flordia

    5. Nebraska

    4. Tennesee

    3. Ole Miss

    2. LSU

    1. Wisconsin

14. National Championship Game

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    How will Oregon fare against the men from Auburn? Only time will tell?
    How will Oregon fare against the men from Auburn? Only time will tell?Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    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.

15. Conference Championships

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    Auburn won the SEC Championship destroying South Carolina
    Auburn won the SEC Championship destroying South CarolinaKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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

    ACC Championship

    SEC Championship

    Big East Championship

    Other championships.

    The new PAC-12 will have one and the Big 10 will too soon we hope.

16. The Food

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 18: A tailgater cooks sausages prior to the start of the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 18, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and bred into American spo
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    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.

17. College After Parties

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    Arizona St. is a major party school
    Arizona St. is a major party schoolChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    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.

18. Marching Bands/Drumlines

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Members of the Grambling State University marching band watch as the Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas on September 17, 2006.  Dallas won 27 - 10.  (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
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    Notre Dame





    Michigan St





    Flordia A&M

    How about the entire SWAC conference.

19. Fight Songs

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Orange-clad Tennessee Volunteers fans sing along with 'Rocky Top' during a game against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida won 31-17.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty
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    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.

20. Cheerleaders

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 30:  The Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Boston University Terriers on November 30, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Unlike Duke cheerleaders, all other cheerleaders are pretty good at what they do. I guess.

21. Big-Time Upsets

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    Mr. Collin here led Nevada to it's best season ever and it's biggest upset ever over Boise State at home.
    Mr. Collin here led Nevada to it's best season ever and it's biggest upset ever over Boise State at home.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    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.

22. Big Time Coaches

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the sideline during a game against the Michigan State Spartans on November 27, 2010 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Spartans won 28-22.
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    Joe Paterno: Legend

    Jim Tressel

    Chris Peterson

    Urban Meyer

    Steve Spurrier

    Bobby Bowden: Legend

    And much more.

23. Mascots and Real Live Animals

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  UGA VIII, mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs, against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Mike the tiger: LSU

    Ralphie: Colorado

    UGA: Georgia


24. Option/Wildcat/Spread

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    The Yellow Jackets are the masters of the option attack.
    The Yellow Jackets are the masters of the option attack.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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.

25. Bigger Plays Than The NFL

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates after scoring a touchdown with teammate Marcus Davis during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, No
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    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.

26. More Passion/Intensity On The Field

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Running back Robert Hughes #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish carries the ball against linebacker Chris Galippo #54 of the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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    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.

27. Men Are Playing For Whats On The Jersey Not For Money

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Jeff Demps #2 of the Florida Gators is tackled by Terrance Parks #4 of the Florida State Seminoles  during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    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.

28. The Heisman Chase

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State Univeristy Tigers celebrates after scoring a touchdown by posing as the Heisman Trophy against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Baton Rouge
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    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.

29. College Overtime Is Better Than The NFL's

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Andre Ellington #23 and Jamie Harper #8 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    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.

30. Out Of Conference Matchups

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    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.

31. Student-Athlete

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: The Nebraska Cornuskers run through a gauntlet of fans as they take the field against the Texas Longhorns at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty I
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    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.

32. Comeback Friendly Clock

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  University of Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert #8 rushes during the first half against Texas A&M at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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    Unlike the NFL, which keeps ticking if you get a first down the clock stops until you line up.

33. School Pride

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Texas A&M players (L-R) Dustin Harris #22, Ben Malena #23, Jeff Fuller #8, Michael Lamothe #19, Blane Cheatham #29, and C.J. Jones #27 celebrate Texas A&M's 24-17 win over the University of Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memori
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    Top 10 schools for school pride for overall every college team.

    10. North Carolina

    9. Duke

    8. Texas


    6. Michigan

    5. Penn St.

    4. USC

    3. Ohio St.

    2. LSU

    1. Texas A&M

34. Every Game Is Important and Matters

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks for an open receiver against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Sooners beat the Cornhuskers 23-20.  (Photo by
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    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.

35. It's Loved World-Wide

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Im
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    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.

36. Fanbase Loyalty

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    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.

37. Players Have a Expiration Date

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  The Utah Utes get ready to take the field for the game with the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Utah won 38-34.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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.

38. Tenures For Coaches

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head Coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes congratulates Aldarius Johnson #4 of the Hurricanes after a first down catch against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by
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    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.

39. NFL Is Ridiculous With Their Judgement On Calls and Fines

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a first quarter sack next to Kyle Vanden Bosch #93 while playing the New England Patriots on November 25, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Im
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    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.

40. Bigger Hits

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    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.

41. Non AQ's and Little Schools Playing The Big Dogs

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    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.

42. Trick Plays

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    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.

43. Better Commentators Then The NFL

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcer Lee Corso dons an FSU headress as co-announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on
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    Kirk, Corso, Nessler, E.A., Howard, Holtz, May, James, Rod, Joe, Palmer, and a few more are way better than Boomer and the "Gang."

44. Fans Are Dedicated

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    FAYETTEVILLE - SEPTEMBER 25: Arkansas Razorbacks fans cheer during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alabama won 24-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Yes they are!

45. More Exciting To Watch

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    BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 20:  Defensive end Brandon Harold #91 of the Kansas State Wildcats rushes quarterback Cody Hawkins #7 of the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 20, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated Kansas State 44-36.  (Photo
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    Would you rather watch a game with 100,000 fans at the staidum or 50,000? Just asking!

School Chants

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Florida State Seminoles fans celebrate after a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    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

47. Chants Against Other Schools

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    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#@&*"

    Enough Said!

48. Recruiting

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    COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Michael Egnew #82  of the Missouri Tigers congratulates Jerrell Jackson #29 with a chest bump after Jackson carried for a touchdown during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 13, 2010 at Faurot Field/Memoria
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    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.

49. Cooler Entrances Then NFL Teams

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    The Best Entrance in College Football
    The Best Entrance in College Football

    Top 10 best entrances in college football

    20. LSU

    19. Army

    18. Navy

    17. Auburn

    16. Iowa

    15. Michigan

    14. Texas

    13. Texas A&M

    12. Florida

    11. Colorado- Run Ralphie

    10. USC

    9. Tennessee

    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

50. Friendships And Familys Split For a Day

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    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.

51. The College Polls and BCS

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Alex Albright #98 of the Boston College Eagles tackles David Wilson #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Virginia Tech defeated Boston College 19-0.  (Ph
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    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.

52. More Teams

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    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - NOVEMBER 27: Braylon Broughton #99, Stansly Maponga #90 (C) and Jurell Thompson #16 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrate after a touchdown against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27, 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque,
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    120 to 32 can you even compare!

53. More Games

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Ole Miss Rebels reacts after scoring his second touchdown against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin
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    Again more than 100 games each week.

54. Atmosphere All Day and Through The Night

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Jon McKnight #6 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the game against the USC Trojans on September 18, 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie
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    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?

55. College Football and Fans Signature Hand Signals

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Running back Jorvorskie Lane #11 of the Texas A&M Aggies gives an upside down hook em horns sign while celebrating a 12-7 win against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium November 24, 2006 in Austin, Tex
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    What college team has the best hand signal?

56. Last Second Games/More Dramatic

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    BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Brock Mansion #10 of the California Golden Bears celebrates after they scored a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks at California Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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?

57. Conference Expansion

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    FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  The TCU Horned Frogs take to the field against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  TCU beat BYU 31-3.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    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.

58. Random Schools Coming Out Of Nowhere.

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    BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 19:  The Boise State Broncos celebrate after a touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on November 19, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    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?

59. College Football Players Are More Fun To Watch

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers misses a chance at an interception from Scotty McKnight #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Neb
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    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

60. Spring Scrimmages

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans at the line of scrimmage during the spring game on April 25, 2009 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The cardinal team won 16-10.  (Photo by Jeff Gol
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    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.

61. You Might Disagree But NCAA Is Stricter Than The NFL

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Bradley Haynes #88 of the SMU Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Death Penalty for SMU, two year probation for USC and many other schools on probation during different times of college football.

62. Labor Day Weekend

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Defensive back Jerrell Gavins #4 of the Boise State Broncos shakes hands with a fan in the stands after the Broncos defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 33-30  at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by
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    Who doesn't want to sit around with family eat food and watch Boise State vs Virginia Tech?

63. Small College Town Feel

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    PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Jeff Tuel #10 of the Washington State Cougars plays against the UCLA Bruins in the game at the Rose Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Which college has the best small town feel?

    I heard Laramie, Wyoming. I've been there. Boring!

64. College Football Rivalies Have Trophies.

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    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

65. New Programs Can Start

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Louie Muasau #38 of the Georgia State Panthers is congratulated by fans after their 41-7 win over the Shorter Hawks at Georgia Dome on September 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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.

66. Location

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Trent Steelman #8 of the Army Black Knights runs with the ball during the game against the Navy Midshipmen on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Ph
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    Of course there is the exception of Green Bay, but the NFL is only in big cities just look at all of them. Big time college football, is usually often played in small cities all the time. In those cities, Saturday is the most important day of the week and the atmosphere on Saturday reflects that.

67. Permanence In a City

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles against the Virginia Tech Hokies during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    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.

68. Cooler Jerseys/ Uniforms

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    PASADENA, CA - October 25:  Running Maurice Drew #21 of the UCLA Bruins runs for yardage against the Arizona State Sun Devils on October 25, 2003 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  UCLA defeated Arizona State 20-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Im
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    Top 25 Jerseys in College Football


    24. Navy

    23. USC

    22. TCU

    21. Georgia

    20. Idaho

    19. Texas

    18. Boise St.

    17. Florida

    16. Ohio St.

    15. Florida St.

    14. Miami

    13. LSU

    12. Kansas St.

    11. Oregon St.

    10. Alabama

    9. North Carolina

    8. Auburn

    7. Michigan

    6. Army

    5. Penn St.

    4. Hawaii

    3. UCLA

    2. Oregon

    1. Notre Dame

69. Nike Pro Combat Jerseys

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    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 06:  Wide reciever #81 Jarrett Boykin celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos at FedExField on September 6, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    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.

70. Brings Familys Together and Tears Them Apart For a Day

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    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.

71. Possibility Of a Perfect Season/Unlike NFL

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    Cam Newton has led his team to an undefeated record so far, will it continue against Oregon?
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    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.

72. Fans Get Depressed As Game Goes On Rather Than Mad

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 24:  Fans of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheer during pregame before playing  the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    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.

73. Endless Energy

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Titus Young #1 of the Boise State Broncos runs for yardage around Chad Manis #18 and Justin Taplin-Ross #33 of the Utah Utes during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise St
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    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.

74. Fans From Different Places Talking Trash

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    Who doesnt love getting on forums or discussion boards on ESPN or Fox Sports, and just arguing and ripping fans from other teams.

75. Old Time Buildings On College Campuses

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Fans take pictures in front of the 'Way of Life' mural, also known as 'Touchdown Jesus,' on the campus of Notre Dame University before a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame St
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    No building beats Touchdown Jesus so don't even try to compare another building from another college to it.

76. Impact College Football Has On a School And It's Students

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    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.

77. Lee Corso Putting On The Selected Mascot Head

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    Thats the reason we watch College Gameday then we end up either loving or hating Corso for the rest of the day.

78. Students Camping Out For Tickets Unlike NFL Fans

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    No other sport does this excpet maybe college basketball. I don't see MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA fans doing this.

79. All The Debates All Year On Who Should Be Number One

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    Guess what. We are still debating if it is Oregon or Auburn.

80. Pre-Game Marches

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Fans watch on as the Tennessee Volunteers make their way through the crowd during the Vol Walk before the start of their game against the Florida Gators on September 20, 2008 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Pho
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    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.

81. Teams That Never Die

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    EL PASO, TX - DECEMBER 30:  (L-R) Stephen Morris #17  of the Miami Hurricanes hugs Tommy Rees #13 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Bowl on December 30, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Even if they have bad season, they will never die within the media.

82. Hometown Fan Pride

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Dontrayevous Robinson #27 and Brandon Kinnie #84 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a touchdown during their game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated
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    You will rarely ever see someone from Nebraska cheering for Oklahoma, or a Gopher fan going for the Badgers.

83. Possibilty Of Recruiting a Dream Team

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles reacts after their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    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.

84. Fans Storming The Field/Tearing Down The Goalposts.

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    BOULDER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29:  The goal posts are lowered as the fans swarm the field after place kicker Kevin Eberhart of the Colorado Buffaloes kicked the game winning field goal as time expires against the Oklahoma Sooners at Folsom Field on September 29
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    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.

85. Erin Andrews

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    ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 06:  ESPN reporter Erin Andrews during a game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers on August 6, 2008 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Erin Andrews vs Michelle Beadle vs Alex Flannagan

86. Pageantry

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 14:  University of Miami football players run through smoke before the start of their game against the University of Louisville on October 14, 2004 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    To some people, every college football game is a ceremony that they will never forget.

87. Even The Video Game Is Better Haha

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Eltoro Freeman #21, Chad Slade #62 and Travante Stallworth #85 of the Auburn Tigers take the field against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011
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    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.

88. You Have To Stay Two Years

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Phillip Livas #6 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs makes a run against the Louisiana State University Tigers on November 11, 2007 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    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.

89. No Corny Announcers

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05:  Broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit speaks onstage during the 'BCS Title Game' panel at the ESPN portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Br
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    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.

90. Pep Rallys

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    Nothing pumps you up a day before the game then a pep rally.

91. College Football Has The Military Academys To Play With Also

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    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.

92. New Traditions Are Made

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    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.

93. No Lame Promos Like The NFL

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  A general view of Tiger Stadium during the game betweem the Louisiana State University Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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!

94. Any Game Can Be a Teams "Superbowl" or Championship

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Fozzy Whittaker #28 of the Texas Longhorns scores a touchdown against the UCF Knights in the third quarter on November 7, 2009 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 35-3.  (Photo b
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    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.

95. Better TV Shows

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  The Wisconsin Badgers marching band performs during the 97th Rose Bowl game against the TCU Horned Frogs on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    College Football Live and College Gameday and Recruiting Insider are better than any NFL show.

96. Cheaper Sports Package

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Fans of the SMU Mustangs wave a flag during play against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    NFL sunday ticket's pricing is ridiculous compared to the College Football Gameplan and you get more games! Easy choice.

97. Division I-AA, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA.

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    Who said the little guys can't hang with the big dogs?

98. No Worrying About a Lockout

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 08:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell  plays on the field during the NFL�s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity at Brock Elementary School September 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel
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    Wow looks like Roger isn't getting anything done. Good luck NFL fans.

99. Starts a Week Earlier

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  The TCU Horned Frogs kneel prior to playing the Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Thats right. A week earlier so you don't have to wait for real hard hitting football.

100. It's Where It All Starts

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Jahvid Best (R) from the California Golden Bears poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Detroit Lions jersey after the Lions selected Best number 30 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio C
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    Without college football, where's the NFL? Oh that's right there is none!


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