It's time for part two with Amy Siegfried and "Last Night's Game!" Last week, Amy talked NFL with us, so now it's time to get us caught up on our college gameday facts. Check out her post for us below with some good facts to know for this football season:
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It’s college football season and while you’re going to look great in your favorite Live Love Gameday shirt are you ready to tackle the football talk at the tailgate? It’s smart to know the basics so you can play a part in the conversation and we’re here to help.
A few key points to know before you start:
· The college football season is long with 12 regular season games. Then there are the playoffs and bowl games in December. The season officially culminates in January with the National Championship Game.
· In college, the topic of conversation going into the first game will undoubtedly be about the team’s ranking. There are two polls you’ll hear about all season – the Coaches Poll and the AP (Associated Press) poll. Their pre-season ranking polls are out, click here to see where your team is ranked so you’re in the know heading into the season.
· College football is going global with Stanford and Rice playing their first game of the season in Sydney, Australia.
· Did you know that some of the brightest, shining stars in our country took the field, but not in uniform? Meryl Streep, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and three U.S. Presidents were cheerleaders. Not to be outdone, Halle Berry, Steven Spielberg, Alan Greenspan and Lionel Richie all played in the band.
· Every team wants to protect their house but some houses are bigger than others. Here are the biggest stadiums in college football.
1. University of Michigan (the Big House) capacity 107,601
2. Penn State (Beaver Stadium) - 106,572
3. Ohio State (The Horseshoe) - 105,944
The smallest? The Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho. The capacity is 16,500.
· We all love a good tailgate party but the origins of tailgating are a bit mystical. A two-year study by a University of Notre Dame professor suggests that the Romans were the first tailgaters (without cars of course). In more recent history, there was evidence of tailgating during the Civil War. Tailgating as we know it started with the first football game, which was between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.
Tailgating is so popular that 35 percent of the parking lot fans don’t actually go into the stadium to watch the game.
If you want to keep up with sports, but aren’t a fan of spending all your free time watching ESPN, here are a few tips to join the conversation.
1. Follow your favorite team, their players or their cheerleaders on Instagram. It’ll give you an insight into what’s happening with the team in a non-intimidating way…through pictures. Even if you didn’t get a chance to watch the game, you’ll be able to find out whether to console or congratulate your fellow fans.
2. Football has more acronyms than men on the field (there are 11 players on the field). Whether it’s the conferences or player positions, the list goes on. When in doubt, do what I do, Google it.
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You don’t have to know the top DB in the SEC (translation – defensive back in the Southeastern Conference) to sound like you know what’s going on. Having a general overview on the world of sports will pay off big time.
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