Take 10 Tuesday: College Football Towns

With the Superbowl quickly approaching, we’re spending the week giving special attention to some of the biggest football cities across the country. Today’s Take 10 Tuesday is all about the top college football towns across the country, with background info via Budget Travel.

10. University of Hawaii at Manoa: Honolulu, Hawaii

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We mentioned Aloha Stadium in yesterday’s Pro Bowl post. The warm weather here means plenty of practices and great weather for games. With few other sporting options in town, games here are very popular. The stadium will be receiving a major makeover in the next few years to make it the top of its class yet again. Fans of the show Lost may recognize this stadium from several of Jack’s flashback scenes.

9. University of Tennessee: Knoxville, Tennessee

Neyland Stadium holds over 100,000 people and the cheering fans can lead to a hometown advantage. From your seats, you’ll hear “Rocky Top” blaring as the band plays on. The program here produces famous athletes like Reggie White and Peyton Manning, making fans come out in hopes they’ll see the next Superbowl star.

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison, Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium is the oldest in the Big Ten Conference. The key to this college town is their love of traditions. A popular post-game show, “The Fifth Quarter” started as a tradition when the team had a losing streak and the marching band provided much-needed fun on the field. Depending on where your seats are located, you may have a special role to play in the traditions, including a choreographed wave and The Chant.

7. University of Oregon: Eugene, Oregon

The fans here at Autzen Stadium love their Ducks. Attendance for games regularly exceeds stadium capacity and with the sunken stadium, this will be one of the loudest games you’ll ever attend. The mascot, the Oregon Duck, is based on Donald Duck and special licensing permission was granted to the university to use the mascot. The Ducks were #2 in the country in 2010.

6. West Virginia University: Morgantown, West Virginia

During the school year, the campus population at West Virginia University swells and the campus becomes the highest populated area in the state. With that, Mountaineer Field becomes a hotspot of fun and activity for the students and local community of Morgantown. Since 1972, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” has been played by the university’s marching band, The Pride of West Virginia.

5. University of Texas: Austin, Texas

The DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium is the largest in the Big 12 Conference. In fact, future construction will make this stadium the largest football stadium in North America. Over 100,000 people attend games here to watch the Longhorns play. Fans can also watch the game from their seats on the high-def screen nicknamed “Godzillatron”. When the Longhorns score, you’ll hear the boom of Smokey the Cannon celebrating the points.

4. Boise State University: Boise, Idaho

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Bronco Stadium’s claim-to-fame is their distinctive blue field. Whether “Big Blue” wields extra power is unknown but the Broncos have only lost 1 home game since 1999 and are currently on a 62-home-game winning streak. Each year the Humanitarian Bowl is held in this stadium.

3. University of Mississippi: Oxford, Mississippi

Ole Miss is famous for is long history and long rivalries. Their rivalry with Mississippi State University has been given an unofficial bowl game title of the “Egg Bowl”. Ole Miss produced both Archie Manning and Eli Manning. Archie Manning’s number 18 has been designated as the official campus speed limit. Apparel for the games is strictly Sunday best, with dresses for the ladies and ties for men.

2. University of Southern California: Los Angeles, California

The USC Trojans have claimed 11 National Championships and are a powerhouse in the sport. The team plays at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Coliseum has been home to the 1932 Summer Olympics, portions of the 1984 Olympic games, the 1959 World Series and the NFL’s Raiders and Rams. USC has more NFL first-round draft picks than any other college football team.

1. University of Florida: Gainesville, Florida

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The Florida Gators fans are notoriously crazy for their home team. The sinkhole design, the screaming fans, the warm and humid climate, and the tremendous loyalty have led to the Gators having one of the best home field advantages at “The Swamp”. In an almost 20 year period, the Gators posted a 113-13 home record, the best in the nation during that time. After every touchdown, you’ll hear the “Orange and Blue” fight song and enjoy celebrations by Albert and Alberta, the gator mascot couple.

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