College Football Tickets
College Football refers to American football played by teams representing various American colleges and universities. College football is also played by American military academies. Furthermore, this sport is also popular among Canadian college and university teams. College football is considered one-level ahead of high school football and one-level below professional football (National Football League – NFL). Playing well at college level usually serves as a precursor for those athletes who intend to join an NFL team. College football in the United States is fiercely competitive as every year only 256 players from various college teams are selected for professional football. A competitive sport, college football has led to some of the most exciting football games ever played in the US. If you are looking for college football tickets, they are available here.
The first ever college football game was played on November 6, 1869, between the College of New Jersey (present day Princeton University) and Rutgers University. The game rules were different then. For starters, the ball was round instead of the oval shaped used today. The players were only allowed to kick the ball and not carry or throw it. However, with the passage of time, football rules changed and evolved. The way football is played now, including at professional level, was developed at the college level. It was at the college football level that American football rules first gained popularity.
A Sport that Killed
While the sport became popular during the 19th and 20th century, it also grew violent. With fewer rules, gang tackling and mass formations became a regular feature. From 1890 to 1905, 330 college football players died due to injuries sustained on football field. This led to President Theodore Roosevelt holding a meeting with football representatives from Princeton, Harvard and Yale universities, urging them to find ways to reduce injuries. This meeting took place in 1905.
In 1906, President Roosevelt invited football representatives from thirteen universities to the White House to find ways to make football safer for athletes. Since the schools could not find consensus on the rules of the game, it was decided that an external body be formed to make changes in existing football rules. As a result, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS) was formed in 1906. This body was renamed National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1910.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Today, there are four levels of college football in the NCAA. Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is the top level of college football. The subsequent three levels are the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III. There are 130 teams in the FBS. As it is the most competitive, the FBS is divided into 10 conferences.
How ‘Big’ is College Football?
College football generates millions of dollars in revenue annually. Thousands of fans flock to see the top FBS teams every season. With TV rights, packed stadiums and advertisement deals, interestingly college football players are not paid. However, the schools compensate their players by granting athletic scholarships covering their tuition, books and housing.
The Heisman Trophy
The Heisman Trophy is a 13.5 inch high and 25 pounds in weight cast bronze trophy. Handed to the most outstanding college football player every year, the Heisman Trophy epitomizes the best of college football. The nominees are selected by a panel of voters that include media members from all across the country. Former winners also have a vote in the selection. Created in 1935 as the Downtown Athletic Club (of Manhattan) trophy, the award was renamed after the death of legendary coach and innovator John Heisman, the club’s director.
Greatest College Football Teams of the 21st Century
Miami Hurricanes from the University of Miami is one of the greatest teams in college football history. The Hurricanes has won five national championships, two of their players have won the Heisman Trophy and nine have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Gino Torretta and Vinny Testaverde are two of the most famous Miami Hurricane players ever.
Southern California Trojans
Representing the University of Southern California (USC), the USC Trojans football program has won 11 national Championships and six of their players have won the Heisman Trophy. NFL greats Lynn Swann, Ronnie Lott and Frank Gifford were all part of the Trojans lineup.
The Longhorns represent the University of Texas at Austin. This football team has won four national championships and two of their players have won the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell were later drafted into the NFL.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Representing the University of Alabama, the Alabama Crimson Tide program has won sixteen national championships and two of their players have won the coveted Heisman Trophy. NFL players Tim Williams, Vinnie Sunseri and Anthony Steen all played for the Crimson Tide.
The Florida Gators represent the University of Florida. Having won three national championships, three of Florida Gators players have won the Heisman Trophy. Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel and Steve Spurrier played for the Florida Gators before joining the NFL.
Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles of the Florida State University has won three national championships and an equal number of Heisman Trophies. NFL players Roberto Aguayo, Terrence Brooks and Ronald Darby were Seminoles before drafted into the NFL.
winners of two national championships and three Heisman Trophy awards, the Auburn Tigers represent the Auburn University. Cam Newton, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan are some of the most famous NFL players who played for the Auburn Tigers.
Ohio State Buckeyes
presenting the Ohio State University,the Ohio State Buckeyes have won eight national championships and seven of their players have won the Heisman Trophy. NFL greats Cris Carter, Paul Warfield, and Bill Willis played for the Buckeyes during their college years. As it is with the NFL teams, college football teams too have rivalries, which consequently result in fierce competition and memorable games.
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