College Football is the Most Passionate Sport – 17 Reasons Why

College football creates and instills more passion out of players, coaches, and most definitely fans than any other American sport. I’m not making an argument for the popularity of college football compared to the NFL – because I do think on a national scale the NFL does get more viewers in a season. What I am saying – is that the passion surrounding a college football Saturday simply is on another level and cannot be matched by any other sport in our country. Why is this? Am I just completely biased because I have been a Michigan Wolverine fan my entire life? Yes, to some degree I am. Let’s get a solid list going of why college football instills more passion and – yes I am going here – is better than the NFL or any other professional sport for that matter.

 

    1. EVERY game matters. You simply cannot afford to lose a single game or else your national championship hopes take a serious hit. I’ve seen plenty of playoff bound NFL teams sleepwalk through games. You simply will not see this type of play in the college ranks. The NBA, please, unless you are loyal to a specific team it’s almost not worth watching until the playoffs start.

 

    1. The rivalries. You can’t tell there are more rivalries in any other sport besides college football. Let’s face it – Michigan and Ohio State might be the best rivalry that exists in all of sports. For every loss that takes place, in the back of the losing team’s mind, they know that they have to wait for an entire year to avenge that loss. And it stings, pisses people off, you’re walking down your street naked after losing a bet, fights break out, friends become enemies, and it goes on and on and on – for 365 days until it’s time to suit up for the next game in the series.

 

    1. The emotion. Walk a college campus the week before a huge game. It’s what everybody is talking about. There is a certain tension in the air – as each fan knows they are about to pour so much of their own energy into Saturday’s festivities.

 

    1. The rankings. Let’s face it. When your team is returning 17 starters and last year you finished up at 10-2 coming off a big bowl win – you are scouring the internet in early April for some obscure preseason rankings just to find out what website or magazine has your squad ranked the highest.

 

    1. The tradition. Tradition is littered across the college football landscape. It loiters on the street corners, in pre-game festivities, in half-time marching band performances, in post-game rituals, each big rivalry game brings countless traditions.

 

    1. The loyalty. Loyalty to a certain team may run for generations in a family. I will forever have a place in my heart for the University of Dayton – where I spent 4 great years of my life. Whether you move far far away or stay in your hometown – you have deep-rooted passion and care for your team. Absolute loyalty to your Alma Matter or that team that your family has rooted on for generations is not subject to change and becomes a part of your lifestyle every fall.

 

    1. Money money money! Not here! No 23 year old millionaires with bling bling on these teams. These players aren’t making a dime out there. So it’s only natural for us fans to have more of an emotional connection with these youngsters laying it on the line each week for the love of the sport and their school.

 

    1. The college atmosphere. It’s freakin’ outstanding. Let’s do some quick phrase association – crisp fall Saturday:college football; tailgating on campus:college football; over 110,000 fans:Michigan Stadium; marching band traditions:college football. This could go on for hours – I’ll spare you.

 

    1. The stadiums. Think about all the great NFL stadiums out there – Yeah a bit difficult because there are very few! The Big House, The Horseshoe, Touchdown Jesus, The Swamp, Death Valley, Beaver Stadium at Happy Valley, Rocky Top, The Rose Bowl, The Orange Bowl, etc.

 

    1. More games. This is simple math. There are 32 NFL teams. When you count all NCAA divisions there are almost 1,000 teams!

 

    1. Live mascots. Unfortunately, Michigan doesn’t boast a live wolverine on gameday. However, back in 1927 Fielding Yost had brought in 10 wolverines from Alaska and would bring out two of them in cages on big gamedays. Apparently, the animals grew larger and more ferocious, and as Yost states, “It was obvious that the Michigan mascots had designs on the Michigan men toting them, and those designs were by no means friendly.” Therefore, the practice of bringing wolverines into the stadium had to be discontinued after only one year. The practice continues on for many schools around the country – some notable gameday mascots are Uga – the Georgia Bulldog; Ralphie – the Colorado Buffalo; Bevo – the Texas Longhorn; Tiger – Auburn’s golden eagle; and lastly the buckeye – it’s a scary nut Ohio State fans wear around their neck that imposes fear at anyone who makes eye-contact with the ferocious nut. I hear that if you see a stray buckeye lying there on the ground – the safest thing to do is run in the opposite direction screaming obscenities.

 

    1. More creativity. When is the last time a Hook and Ladder play won a game in the NFL? I know it’s not a weekly occurrence in the college ranks, but you get the plethora of offensive and defensive play calling in college. Coaches have more room to experiment with their athletes and their playbook.

 

    1. Walk-ons. One of the best stories of the 2008 college football season was when Matt Williams, an average college student, came out of the stands during halftime and put home a 30 yard field goal in a kicking contest. In desperate need of a kicker, the Texas Tech coaching staff set their eyes on the halftime star. Matt Williams ended up kicking nine extra points in his debut. โหลดบาคาร่าออนไลน์

 

    1. Game Trophies. The Little Brown Jug – Michigan vs. Minnesota; The Paul Bunyan Axe – Michigan vs. Michigan State; are two to name a few. Teams all over college football each Saturday often play for a trophy that oozes tradition in that particular series. Here are a few more noteworthy trophies – The Golden Boot – Arkansas vs. LSU; the Peace Pipe – Toledo vs. Bowling Green; the Old Oaken Bucket – Indiana vs. Purdue.

 

    1. More affordable and accessible. I live in Dayton, OH and I am in one of the better locations relative to NFL teams as I have the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Detroit Lions all in under about 4 hours of driving distance. That’s when I’m in the mood to fork out $75 for a ticket and $8 for a beer. Now, living in Dayton, OH – on any given Saturday I could spend less than $40 and go to any of these campuses: Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Indiana, any one of ten MAC teams, Notre Dame, Purdue, Louisville, Kentucky, Penn State, etc. I could make that list rather lengthy if I continued. The point is, there is an abundance of college football at my fingertips for less dollar than that of the NFL.

 

    1. For argument’s sake! Everything about the infrastructure of college football sets up a season full of justifying your team’s record, ranking, or bowl matchup. Heck, even coaches are found at the end of the season lobbying and stating their case for their team’s right to play for a national championship. This is not found in any other sport! Many people hate this part of college football and feel their should be a playoff – and I think there are pros and cons to the existing solution and any alternative. So, as most of us have no control over the situation, we might as well join in on the fun and start arguing! What it also does, it maintains the relevance of the college football season in December when teams are preparing for their bowl games.

 

  1. The Heisman Trophy. Perhaps the most revered award in all of sports. Each year, the best player in the game gets this award – there is no money involved, no free cars, nothing but a name etched in history.

 

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