History UsefulNotes / CollegiateAmericanFootball

23rd Aug '16 12:54:34 PM BeerBaron
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* '''Felix "Doc" Blanchard''' & '''Glenn Davis''': One of the most famous running duos in the sport's history, "Mr. Inside" (Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Davis) played at Army from 1944 to 1946, helping the Cadets[[note]]now known as Black Knights[[/note]] to a 27𢠣 record, with the only blemish being a famous scoreless tie against Notre Dame in 1946. They set a record for most touchdowns by a pair of teammates that lasted for over 50 years, and Davis set records for yards per carry in a season and career that stand to this day. Each won a Heisman Trophy, Blanchard in 1945 (the first junior to win) and Davis in 1946, and both are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

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* '''Felix "Doc" Blanchard''' & '''Glenn Davis''': One of the most famous running duos in the sport's history, "Mr. Inside" (Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Davis) played at Army from 1944 to 1946, helping the Cadets[[note]]now known as Black Knights[[/note]] to a 27𢠣 record, with the only blemish being a famous scoreless tie against Notre Dame in 1946. They set a record for most touchdowns by a pair of teammates that lasted for over 50 years, and Davis set records for yards per carry in a season (11.5) and career (8.3) that stand to this day. Each won a Heisman Trophy, Blanchard in 1945 (the first junior to win) and Davis in 1946, and both are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
15th Aug '16 9:58:02 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''Atlantic Coast Conference''', which started out as a conference covering the Carolinas and Virginia, but has since extended out to cover teams from all over the East Coast as far north as Boston College and as far south as [=UMiami=]. It now has spread well beyond the East Coast to include Louisville for all sports and Notre Dame[[note]]in Indiana[[/note]] for most sports apart from football. Notre Dame isn't officially part of any football conference, but it is considered connected to the ACC due to that school's full but non-football membership.[[note]]Notre Dame has committed to play five games each season against other ACC members, and to play each other ACC school at least once every three years. Also, it was written into Notre Dame's ACC membership agreement that the only conference Notre Dame can join in football before 2026 is the ACC.[[/note]] The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Orange Bowl, and Notre Dame also has a chance to get in the Orange Bowl, depending on the year.

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* The '''Atlantic Coast Conference''', which started out as a conference covering the Carolinas and Virginia, but has since extended out to cover teams from all over the East Coast as far north as Boston College and as far south as [=UMiami=]. It now has spread well beyond the East Coast to include Louisville for all sports and Notre Dame[[note]]in Indiana[[/note]] for most sports apart from football. Notre Dame isn't officially part of any football conference, but it is considered connected to the ACC due to that school's full but non-football membership.[[note]]Notre Dame has committed to play five games each season against other ACC members, and to play each other ACC school at least once every three years. Also, it was written into Notre Dame's ACC membership agreement that the only Notre Dame football can't join any conference Notre Dame can join in football other than the ACC before 2026 is the ACC.2026, later extended to 2036.[[/note]] The ACC champion is guaranteed a spot in the Orange Bowl, and Notre Dame also has a chance to get in the Orange Bowl, depending on the year.



* The '''Big 12''' consists of teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and West Virginia (which is nowhere near any of the other states with Big 12 teams). It's the newest of the major conferences, having been formed when two other conferences merged into one. Unlike the other Big Five conferences, the Big 12 determines its champion based on the best record, not a conference championship game. The Big 12 champion is guaranteed a spot in the Sugar Bowl, with the second team potentially going to the Orange Bowl. Just to make things confusing, the Big 12 has ten teams. Yes, the Big Ten has 14 teams (12 from 2011 to 2014) and the Big 12 has ten. No, that doesn't make any sense. [[MST3KMantra Don't think about it too hard.]]

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* The '''Big 12''' consists of teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and West Virginia (which is nowhere near any of the other states with Big 12 teams). It's the newest of the major conferences, having been formed when two other conferences merged into one. Unlike the other Big Five conferences, the Big 12 determines its champion based on the best record, not a conference championship game. The Big 12 champion is guaranteed a spot in the Sugar Bowl, with the second team potentially going to the Orange Bowl. Just to make things confusing, the Big 12 has ten teams. Yes, the Big Ten has 14 teams (12 from 2011 to 2014) and the Big 12 has ten.ten (though is widely reported to be ready to expand to 12 or 14 in the near future). No, that doesn't make any sense. [[MST3KMantra Don't think about it too hard.]]
23rd Jul '16 11:22:22 PM Scorpio3002
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* '''Charles Woodson''': The only defensive player to date to receive the Heisman Trophy (winning out over Peyton Manning). This was likely due to the fact that he was occasionally inserted into the offense as a wide receiver/running back, as well as being the most dominant cornerback of his time (not to mention being the team's primary kick/punt returner). The man was essentially the Swiss Army Knife of football.
15th Jul '16 11:26:16 PM KYCubbie
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* Illinois vs. Missouri ("The [[JustForPun Arch]] Rivalry"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke It's played in St. Louis.]][[/note]]) An offshoot of "Braggin' Rights", a longer-standing men's basketball rivalry between the two schools, with those games also being played in St. Louis.

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* Illinois vs. Missouri ("The [[JustForPun Arch]] Rivalry"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke It's played in St. Louis.]][[/note]]) An offshoot of "Braggin' Rights", a longer-standing men's basketball rivalry between the two schools, with those games also being played in St. Louis.UsefulNotes/StLouis.



* Miami [[note]]the University of Miami in Florida, not Miami University, which is in Oxford, Ohio and also has a popular but usually less powerful FBS team[[/note]] vs. Florida State - in addition to being a cross-state rivalry, both teams often vie for the ACC championship

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* Miami [[note]]the University of Miami in Florida, not Miami University, which is in Oxford, Ohio and also has a popular but usually less powerful FBS team[[/note]] vs. Florida State - in addition to being a cross-state rivalry, both teams often vie for the ACC championshipchampionship.



* Clemson vs. the University of South Carolina [[http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/08/countdown_to_football_31_days.html The second oldest annual football rivalry by just two years, dating back to 1909.]] The rivalry between the schools predates their even having football teams, and indeed traces back to before Clemson actually existed, having originally been fueled by post-Civil War state politics.

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* Clemson vs. the University of South Carolina [[http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/08/countdown_to_football_31_days.html The second oldest annual football uninterrupted FBS rivalry by just two years, dating back to 1909.]] The rivalry between the schools predates their even having football teams, and indeed traces back to before Clemson actually existed, having originally been fueled by post-Civil War state politics.



* Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (An old Southwest Conference rivalry that was recently revived as a non-conference game played in Arlington, and is now entrenched annually as Texas A&M joined the SEC and was placed in the same football division as Arkansas)

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* Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (An An old Southwest Conference rivalry that was recently revived as a non-conference game played in Arlington, and is now entrenched annually as Texas A&M joined the SEC and was placed in the same football division as Arkansas)Arkansas.



* Iowa St. vs. Kansas St. ("[[{{Pun}} Farmageddon]]")
* Kentucky vs. Louisville (The Governor's Cup) Although hard-fought on the football field, this matchup is much better known as a men's basketball rivalry. This is a relatively recent rivalry梐fter the first half of the 1920s, UK steadfastly refused to schedule U of L in either sport for decades. The modern basketball rivalry began in 1983 (after no regular-season games for ''over 60 years''), but the modern football rivalry had to wait until 1994, after a ''70-year absence''.[[note]]Perhaps not coincidentally, U of L's head coach when the football rivalry resumed, Howard Schnellenberger, had played at UK.[[/note]]

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* Iowa St. State vs. Kansas St. State ("[[{{Pun}} Farmageddon]]")
* Kentucky vs. Louisville (The ("The Governor's Cup) Cup") Although hard-fought on the football field, this matchup is much better known as a men's basketball rivalry. This is a relatively recent rivalry梐fter the first half of the 1920s, UK steadfastly refused to schedule U of L in either sport for decades. The modern basketball rivalry began in 1983 (after no regular-season games for ''over 60 years''), but the modern football rivalry had to wait until 1994, after a ''70-year absence''.[[note]]Perhaps not coincidentally, U of L's head coach when the football rivalry resumed, Howard Schnellenberger, had played at UK.[[/note]]



* Florida State vs. Virginia (awarding the "Jefferson-Eppes Trophy"[[note]]Named after [[{{UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson}} Thomas Jefferson]], founder of UVA, and Francis Eppes, his grandson and founder of FSU[[/note]].)

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* Florida State vs. Virginia (awarding the "Jefferson-Eppes Trophy"[[note]]Named after [[{{UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson}} Thomas Jefferson]], founder of UVA, and Francis Eppes, his grandson and founder of FSU[[/note]].)FSU.[[/note]])
15th Jul '16 8:54:28 PM KYCubbie
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* Lafayette vs. Lehigh ("The Rivalry") A matchup between two lower-level FCS teams, both members of the Patriot League and located in the Lehigh Valley of eastern UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}}. It's notable here as the most-played matchup in college football history (the upcoming 2016 game will be the 152nd) and the longest uninterrupted rivalry (since 1897) in all of college football. The Leopards and Mountain Hawks first played in 1884; the large number of games is because the teams played twice each season from 1884 to 1901 (except 1896, when they didn't play at all, and 1891, when they played ''three times''), as well as in the war years of 1943 and 1944.
10th Jul '16 1:05:32 AM KYCubbie
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UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball is enjoyed on more than one tier. While fans of the pros have the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, fans of college football have their own leagues. Most schools of any size will at least have one sport; football is a popular one because a successful football team, particularly in the southern states, is a huge boon on prestige and enrollment. In some schools , it's the ''only'' men's sport[[note]](though not in the UsefulNotes/{{NCAA}}; Division I member schools are required to field at least 6 men's sports, with 5 required in Divisions II and III)[[/note]] - the federal Title IX requires equal amounts be spent on men's and women's athletics based on ''gross'' expenditure so a top-tier football program is a major resource hog by that standard even if ''the whole point'' of running it at that level is that it's a profit center for the school and the black from football makes up for the red most if not all of the other sports operate in. A collegiate football player's career begins in high school, with National Signing Day. Prospects, rated on a scale from one to five stars, are selected by the colleges of their choice and are given scholarships.

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UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball is enjoyed on more than one tier. While fans of the pros have the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, fans of college football have their own leagues. Most schools of any size will at least have one sport; football is a popular one because a successful football team, particularly in the southern states, is a huge boon on prestige and enrollment. In some schools , schools, it's the ''only'' men's sport[[note]](though not in the UsefulNotes/{{NCAA}}; Division I member schools are required to field at least 6 men's sports, with 5 required in Divisions II and III)[[/note]] - the federal Title IX requires equal amounts be spent on men's and women's athletics based on ''gross'' expenditure so a top-tier football program is a major resource hog by that standard even if ''the whole point'' of running it at that level is that it's a profit center for the school and the black from football makes up for the red most if not all of the other sports operate in. A collegiate football player's career begins in high school, with National Signing Day. Prospects, rated on a scale from one to five stars, are selected by the colleges of their choice and are given scholarships.
10th Jul '16 1:05:15 AM KYCubbie
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UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball is enjoyed on more than one tier. While fans of the pros have the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, fans of college football have their own leagues. Most schools of any size will at least have one sport; football is a popular one because a successful football team, particularly in the southern states, is a huge boon on prestige and enrollment. In some schools, it's the ''only'' men's sport - the federal Title IX requires equal amounts be spent on men's and women's athletics based on ''gross'' expenditure so a top-tier football program is a major resource hog by that standard even if ''the whole point'' of running it at that level is that it's a profit center for the school and the black from football makes up for the red most if not all of the other sports operate in. A collegiate football player's career begins in high school, with National Signing Day. Prospects, rated on a scale from one to five stars, are selected by the colleges of their choice and are given scholarships.

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UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball is enjoyed on more than one tier. While fans of the pros have the UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague, fans of college football have their own leagues. Most schools of any size will at least have one sport; football is a popular one because a successful football team, particularly in the southern states, is a huge boon on prestige and enrollment. In some schools, schools , it's the ''only'' men's sport sport[[note]](though not in the UsefulNotes/{{NCAA}}; Division I member schools are required to field at least 6 men's sports, with 5 required in Divisions II and III)[[/note]] - the federal Title IX requires equal amounts be spent on men's and women's athletics based on ''gross'' expenditure so a top-tier football program is a major resource hog by that standard even if ''the whole point'' of running it at that level is that it's a profit center for the school and the black from football makes up for the red most if not all of the other sports operate in. A collegiate football player's career begins in high school, with National Signing Day. Prospects, rated on a scale from one to five stars, are selected by the colleges of their choice and are given scholarships.



The NCAA is divided into four divisions: Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A), Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Division II, and Division III. Each division, in turn, is divided into conferences of about a dozen teams who play most games amongst themselves. A handful of teams (most notably Notre Dame) are independent of any conference.

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The NCAA football is divided into four divisions: Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A), Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Division II, and Division III. Each division, in turn, is divided into conferences of about a dozen teams who play most games amongst themselves. A handful of teams (most notably Notre Dame) are independent of any conference.
4th Jul '16 2:29:20 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''Sun Belt Conference''', like the SEC and Conference USA, is mostly located in the South, but for football only, it includes the distinctly not-Southern state of Idaho (as well as the more Southwestern, but still "Sun Belt", state of New Mexico). The teams from Idaho and New Mexico will be bounced from the football league after the 2017 season; Idaho soon announced that it would return to FCS football starting in the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina[[note]]in South Carolina[[/note]] will begin a transition to FBS in the 2016 season; at that time, it will become a full but non-football Sun Belt member, with the football team joining in 2017.

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* The '''Sun Belt Conference''', like the SEC and Conference USA, is mostly located in the South, but for football only, it includes the distinctly not-Southern state of Idaho (as well as the more Southwestern, but still "Sun Belt", state of New Mexico). The teams from Idaho and New Mexico will be bounced from the football league after the 2017 season; Idaho soon announced that it would return to FCS football starting in the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina[[note]]in South Carolina[[/note]] will begin began a transition to FBS in the 2016 season; at that time, it will become season, joining the Sun Belt as a full but non-football Sun Belt member, with member; the football team joining will join in 2017.



* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in the Mountain West Conference since 1999. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams. However, two of the Power Five leagues (the Big Ten and SEC) have included Army as a surrogate Power Five opponent for purposes of non-conference scheduling.[[note]]All of the Power Five leagues except the Pac-12 are phasing in requirements that each conference member play at least one non-conference game against another Power Five team.[[/note]] The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools.

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* '''Army''' (the United States Military Academy), one of the service academy teams. Navy's football team was also independent until it joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015, while Air Force has been in conferences since 1980, first in the Western Athletic Conference and since 1999 in the the Mountain West Conference since 1999.Conference. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is considered on par with the "Group of 5" teams. However, two of the Power Five leagues (the Big Ten and SEC) have included Army as a surrogate Power Five opponent for purposes of non-conference scheduling.[[note]]All of the Power Five leagues except the Pac-12 are phasing in requirements that each conference member play at least one non-conference game against another Power Five team.[[/note]] The Army-Navy game serves as the traditional last game of the season, and it is still televised nationally despite both service academies having been out of top 25 contention for decades; the service academies have very strict academic and physical requirements (specifically weight limits) that preclude the ability to compete with more forgiving civilian schools.
26th Jun '16 3:07:36 AM gewunomox
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** UCLA vs. USC ("The Battle for the Victory Bell"/"[[RageAgainstTheMachine The Battle of Los Angeles]]")

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** UCLA vs. USC ("The Battle for the Victory Bell"/"[[RageAgainstTheMachine Bell"/"[[Music/RageAgainstTheMachine The Battle of Los Angeles]]")
30th Apr '16 12:43:58 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''Sun Belt Conference''', like the SEC and Conference USA, is mostly located in the South, but for football only, it includes the distinctly not-Southern state of Idaho (as well as the more Southwestern, but still "Sun Belt", state of New Mexico). The teams from Idaho and New Mexico will be bounced from the football league after the 2017 season. Coastal Carolina[[note]]in South Carolina[[/note]] will begin a transition to FBS in the 2016 season; at that time, it will become a full but non-football Sun Belt member, with the football team joining in 2017.

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* The '''Sun Belt Conference''', like the SEC and Conference USA, is mostly located in the South, but for football only, it includes the distinctly not-Southern state of Idaho (as well as the more Southwestern, but still "Sun Belt", state of New Mexico). The teams from Idaho and New Mexico will be bounced from the football league after the 2017 season; Idaho soon announced that it would return to FCS football starting in the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina[[note]]in South Carolina[[/note]] will begin a transition to FBS in the 2016 season; at that time, it will become a full but non-football Sun Belt member, with the football team joining in 2017.
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