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College football refers to American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in Canada and the United States.

The first college football game in the United States

The first game of intercollegiate "football" between two colleges from the United States was an unfamiliar ancestor of today's college football, as it was played under 99-year-old soccer-style Association rules.The game was played between teams from Rutgers University and Princeton University, which was called the College of New Jersey at the time. It took place on November 6, 1869 at College Field, which is now the site of the College Avenue Gymnasium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won by a score of 6 "runs" to Princeton's 4.The 1869 game between Rutgers and Princeton is important in that it is the first documented game of intercollegiate football ever played between two American colleges, and because of this, Rutgers is often referred to as The Birthplace of College Football.

 
 
 

Are College Football Superconferences Dumb?

The push since the summer of 2010 has been to expand BCS automatic-qualifier conferences from the 8 to 12 team size up to a 16 team super-conference. The idea is that a 16 team super-conference is worth more to a television partner like ESPN, Comcast or Fox than two 8 team conferences would be worth separately. The PAC-12 (formerly PAC-10) put the ball in motion by aggressively courting Texas and Oklahoma, while ultimately settling for Colorado and Utah; the Big Ten around the same time added Nebraska. Shortly thereafter, the PAC-12 signed a $3 billion 12 year TV contract with Fox and ESPN and this seemed to give some credence to the conference expansion idea. However, there is a feeling that the TV deals were simply undervalued in recent years and that even had the PAC-12 not expanded, they would have received a rich deal. Utah had previously earned less than $2 million per year as part of the Mountain West Conference and Colorado earned about $9 million per year in the Big XII. They were now going to make about $21 million a year. Had adding these schools netted the PAC-12 Conference that much more money? Probably not.

Twelve schools is the ideal football conference size. It allows schools to play all 5 other teams in their division and 3-4 crossover teams in the other division. This guarantees that you will play every school in your conference at least every other year. If you go to 16 teams, you will have 7 division opponents and a maximum of 2 crossover games. There will be teams that you only see once every 4 years. That is ridiculous. How are the teams in the same conference if you never play them? The WAC in 1996 was the original superconference with Utah, BYU, Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming, Hawaii, San Diego State, UTEP, UNLV, TCU, SMU, Rice, Tulsa, Fresno State, San Jose State, and New Mexico. It was a failure and resulted in 8 of the older members leaving to form the Mountain West. They cited the excessive travel costs, the diminishment of traditional rivalries and history, as well as having 16 teams to spread revenue around with.

The PAC-12 is probably the potential superconference to have the most disjointed structure. The PAC-12 looks down upon the Mountain West schools which make the most geographic since in their existing footprint and is more likely to target Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri, or Kansas from the Big XII. This will result in bringing upon schools that are very different geographically and perhaps culturally than their existing member-schools. This will also move Arizona and Arizona State into an Eastern Division and separate them from the schools they have played against since 1978.

[Contributing Editor - Donald Plunkett]

 

 
 

College Football Betting Line - Start Early in Betting

College football betting line is now becoming more and more famous. Football is one of the most loved sports of Americans. Sure, it may seem like they hurt themselves and each other when they tackle but isn't it the main charm of the game? Football, as tough of a sport as it is, continues to be one of the most fascinating sports in the world today. That is why even in non-professional football, people are starting to bet. The more popular ones are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Football League (NFL) football leagues.

Basically, a college football betting line is a betting process wherein bettors or handicappers place the odds on specific teams in football. This is said to make the betting more fun because it makes the results unpredictable.

One of the successful individuals who have been betting in college football said that he used to go with his guts and his feelings since he really did not understand how it works. He started to lose at first and he was ready to just move on with his life but then he came across someone who knows the betting process more than he does. He found the reason why he kept on losing and this was because he was uninformed.

College football betting line is a great place to start if you are really not ready to bet for the professional football games. Just remember to keep yourself educated with the teams, their players and each one's statistics and you will be good to go. Like in anything in life, being prepared for something is much safer than going with your emotions or your instincts. Betting is fun and could be a great source of income but is you lose tons of money because of it, it will never be fun. It will just be a vice that will drown you into a pit hole where you can never get yourself out.

[Contributing Editor - Donald Plunkett]

 
 
 
   
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