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I can’t believe I’m typing this…  I just realized that I actually LIKE college football!


Football was a huge bone of contention between the Husband and me for many years.  He was SO obsessed with University of Miami, and I just couldn’t “get it.”  (I’m actually from Miami, but he went to UM for 1 year.)  One year for Valentine’s Day, he got me this book as my present:


(I was pissed.)


But then…


We got season tickets, and I went to 5 games (UM vs. Duke; UM vs. USF; UM vs. Virginia; UM vs. FAMU; UM vs. Oklahoma).  And now I get it.  I’m obsessed, too!


While working today, I watched this documentary on the history of the 1980s Canes… It was really interesting and discussed how football brought together a racially-divided Miami.  They will be re-running it on ESPN and I recommend it – really neat!


So… who’s your college football team and WHY do you love them?  Let’s see some SCHOOL SPIRIT!!!!!!!



  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Is that the girl from hangin with mr cooper!?!?!

    I’m the same with hockey…I never used to get it, but now I love watching it.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats December 13, 2009, 5:18 pm

    College Football is the best! Glad you got into it! Better late than never, right? 🙂 I know you’re going to hate me for saying this… but I’m a Gator fan. I’m a Senior at UF and hope to have Tebow as my last name one day lol. I can dream right?? haha 🙂 Have a great night girly!!!

    • Amy December 13, 2009, 6:29 pm

      I’m sharing the Florida love. I was born in Gainesville, raised in Gainesville, got my Bachelor’s and came back for my Master’s at UF! I met my husband there and we definitely bleed orange and blue. We live in Japan so we’re often waking up at 3am to catch the games. Give me the orange – ORANGE! Give me the blue – BLUE! It’s great to be a Florida Gator!

  • Kim December 13, 2009, 5:19 pm

    Ohio State Buckeye fan here! Go BUCKS!!

    However, hockey is my sport. Love to watch it, love to go to the games. My 13 y/o son has been playing since he was 4….he loves it!!


  • One Healthy Apple December 13, 2009, 5:19 pm

    My husband is still brainwashing me into liking football. I can appreciate it, but I stop there!

    I am a fan of mixed martial arts though, as crazy as that sounds.

  • amanda @ fake ginger December 13, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I never understood the rules of football so I didn’t understand why everyone loved it so much. Now that I understand, I’m obsessed too. 😀

    Favorite team is LSU because I’ve always wished I was Cajun (plus they offered me the best scholarship even if I didn’t go there) but I’m also a Bama fan since we live here.

  • Jordan December 13, 2009, 5:20 pm

    I bleed orange! The TN Vols are my team. Born and raised in TN, and my husband was born here but grew up on Long Island. His classmates always made fun of him for the team he supported, but he ended up back down here for college. Football season is crazy around our house.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 13, 2009, 5:21 pm

    I cannot get into either. Currently Im in grad school at Boston College and the games are a HUGE deal. I had no clue how crazy people got until a few weeks ago when I made the mistake of going to campus to study. Holy tailgates and drunk maniacs. Anyways, maybe I could borrow that book?

    • Maura December 14, 2009, 8:18 am

      Yahhh Eagles! I love BC football. <3

  • Erica December 13, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Love me some TENNESSEE VOLS!!! Let’s Go U-T!!

  • Jordan December 13, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Oh and he hates the Florida Gators. Gainesville gets the finger every time we drive to Disney. Haha.

  • missmolly December 13, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I go the University of Nebraska! We are the Cornuskers (awesome, right?) GO HUSKERS!!

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated December 13, 2009, 5:27 pm

    I’m a NEBRASKA HUSKER!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!!

    Normally, I’m a HUGE Husker volleyball fan, and don’t pay so much attention to FB, but this year, we’re digging ourselves out of the trenches (aka making our way BACK into the Top 25) and … we have SUH!!!! He’s a stud, who should have won the Heisman, especially after throwing fellow Heisman nominee, Texas’ Colt McCoy, around like a rag doll last weekend. But alas, the world of Heisman just isn’t ready to name a defensive player as the winner…

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 13, 2009, 5:27 pm

    My husband loves pro football and I just don’t get it. It’s been five years! I hope I start liking it eventually.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 13, 2009, 5:28 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am an Oregon girl tried and true! Let’s hear it for the Ducks – especially since we’re going to kick butt at the Rose Bowl!

  • Kristie Lynn December 13, 2009, 5:29 pm

    Hubby and I watched that 30 for 30 episode yesterday. LOVED IT. I was obsessed with Cane football in high school and briefly considered going there… just because of the football. Maybe would have if not for the big price tag 😉

    I went to a small college without a big football team but I am a college football fanatic. I’m a Wolverine fan through thick and thin – hail to the maize and blue!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 13, 2009, 5:30 pm

    I really need that book! I ask many questions that annoy my guy sometimes. lol I do however love Texas Longhorns

  • Juli December 13, 2009, 5:31 pm

    College football is a favorite of mine. Louisiana Tech Bulldog here.. Go Dawgs! But right now, it’s all about the Who Dat’s!?! The N.O. Saints, that is 🙂 13-and-eaux!

  • Kristen December 13, 2009, 5:31 pm

    I am a Buckeye!! Went to undergrad and grad at OSU and miss game days. I cried the first few game days I spent here in Florida, but I am lucky because we have a huge alumni club here! I love football!! 🙂

  • Christy December 13, 2009, 5:33 pm

    FLORIDA STATE!!!!!! Cause I’m getting my B.S. (and hopefully masters) there haha, gotta be a fan!! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 13, 2009, 5:35 pm

    I love college football, too! Favorite team is Michigan, my dad went there and we vacation every year there. My hubby’s is Notre Dame, so we have a good rivalry.

    • Kristie Lynn December 13, 2009, 9:14 pm

      Good thing your team is superior 😉

  • Whitney December 13, 2009, 5:38 pm


  • Brie (The Fit Bride) December 13, 2009, 5:39 pm

    M-I-Z! (Z-O-U!)

    We go to a ton of Mizzou games because that’s where the fiance went. I went to Northwestern and I cheer for them too, but Mizzou games are a lot more fun. Last year Northwestern and Missouri played each other in a bowl game…I had to clean the litter boxes for a week when Northwestern lost! (We still got engaged that night, though.)

  • Carly, The Noob Runner December 13, 2009, 5:41 pm

    UGA! Go Dawgs!

  • KatieF December 13, 2009, 5:42 pm

    SYRACUSE!!!!! Even though they’re not very good right now. 🙁 Good thing the basketball team is still awesome! 🙂 I grew up in Syracuse…hometown pride!

  • Caitlin December 13, 2009, 5:45 pm

    Go Blue! My boyfriend is a Michigan Wolverine, and has really gotten me into college football over the past two seasons. We even traveled to Ann Arbor for a game this year and it was so fun. My university is a hockey school and does not have a football program, so I never understood the college football obsession either.

    Also, my boyfriend was watching the U of Miami documentary last night & decided it was necessary to shake me awake at 2:30am to show me Jimmy Johnson. I’m glad you were able to watch it at a more reasonable hour.

  • VCK December 13, 2009, 5:45 pm

    GO DUCKS! Rose Bowl 2010 victory is in store!

  • Kelly December 13, 2009, 5:47 pm

    I am a Boston College fan 🙂
    But I have to admit I am not a crazy football fan, I just love the community of the games. It’s definitely fun.

  • Sarah R December 13, 2009, 5:48 pm

    Kansas State Wildcats! I love, love, love college football–possibly even more than my husband!

  • Ashley December 13, 2009, 5:50 pm

    Too funny!! My bro in law tried to get his wife into watching sports, she liked them before but never watched much. Well now, she likes watching them way more than he does, haha!! I went to Ohio State so college football was huuuge!! Love it =) p.s. You are doing so amazing with your marathon training…congrats!!

  • Michael Anne December 13, 2009, 5:55 pm

    I’m a Badger! Game days are a BIG deal in Madison. By far the best days of the year.

    Oh, and see you at the Champs Sports Bowl! GO RED.

  • Sally December 13, 2009, 6:07 pm

    Raised a Gator, went to Navy….Go Navy Beat Army :D!

  • maria December 13, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Haha. Love the gift. My husband bought me the Oprah collection one year. Still don’t know why that seemed like a great idea.

  • rungirlrunn December 13, 2009, 6:09 pm

    haha my husband is obsessed with football..I think I can’t stand it just because it’s on ALL the time! I do like actually going to the games though, it’s completely different!! My college didn’t have a football team, so maybe if it did I would have more spirit towards it 😉

  • Badgergirl December 13, 2009, 6:13 pm

    I bleed Badger red! Spending my Saturdays at Camp Randall in the fall were the absolute best. And the days when we made it a double header by pairing it with a hockey or basketball game at the Kohl Center? I was in heaven!

    See you U of Miami folks at the Champs Sports Bowl later this month!

    • Julie December 13, 2009, 10:35 pm

      I’m a huge Badger fan too – graduated from UW in 2002 and couldn’t leave Madison! I’ve been living here since then, still going to both Friday and Saturday night hockey games! I adore Big 10 football, also! Go Bucky!! 🙂

  • Wendy December 13, 2009, 6:14 pm


    Though I just try to keep up, I’m really not that obsessed. Maybe when my life allows for more TV watching…

  • Matt December 13, 2009, 6:14 pm

    Obviously, my favorite team is Alabama because I go there. Roll Tide!

  • Lee December 13, 2009, 6:18 pm

    I got nothing. My school didn’t have a football team and I have no interest! But if you forced me, I’d say Gamecocks because that’s where my fiance went.

  • Lisa December 13, 2009, 6:19 pm

    Wow, there are a LOT of Big 10 fans on here! I’m a SPARTAN!! My husband played FB in High School and is a huge fan (he’s watching it right now) and had season tickets all through college. I played in the Spartan Marching Band, and while I still don’t get all the rules and our team isn’t the best, I still love it. I love it because of the atmosphere and the school spirit. We’re flying to San Antonio for the bowl game on Jan 2nd and can’t wait! It’s actually my hubby’s 30th Bday gift!

    We’re HUGE basketball fans though. The Spartan Basketball team and Izzo are amazing!


  • Carrie @ I See Monsters December 13, 2009, 6:28 pm

    I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL! It’s not all about the “U”, though…I’m an FSU girl! It’s been a tough few years but I think things are looking up for us. 😉

    The only thing I like as much as college football is college basketball. I am OBSESSED with Syracuse basketball, and they have such a great team this year. Go Orange!

  • Angel December 13, 2009, 6:31 pm

    Roll Tide Roll!! Alabama baby! We just won our first Heisman and my husband is on cloud nine!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 13, 2009, 6:41 pm

    I refuse to be a fan of college football. Call me a downer, but I just don’t think it’s interesting. I don’t usually like to admit my hatred, since I went to Clemson, where football means EVERYTHING. Disliking football is considered very uncool where I come from. I like hockey and basketball…football is just…boring. And overrated.

  • lmg December 13, 2009, 6:46 pm

    university of cincinnati bearcats.

    i am definitely a college football fan. love the games and still watch all UC games that are on out in denver, where i now live.

    and we were undefeated this year. and even with coaching drama recently, we WILL win the sugar bowl.

  • Stephanie J December 13, 2009, 6:47 pm

    I bleed maroon. Texas A&M Aggies all the way. WHOOP! It’s true what they say… you get brainwashed at A&M. No other school has traditions like we do. I’m so proud to be part of the Aggie family.

    Football has been…erm…difficult for the Ags as of late. Let’s gloss over that for now. 😉

  • Carrie...On The Cheap December 13, 2009, 6:53 pm

    ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK KU!!!! KANSAS JAYHAWKS!!! Although, I’m more of a basketball fan than football (no, not because we dominate at b-ball, just because I’ve always disliked football.) 🙂

  • Heather December 13, 2009, 7:11 pm

    College football is really the only sport I like to watch…it is great because the games are far more exciting than NFL and I find myself totally wrapped up in random games. My #1 team is definitely the Iowa Hawkeyes, go big ten!

    • Kristen December 13, 2009, 8:17 pm

      I agree!! The games last week were all so good!

  • Anne P December 13, 2009, 7:11 pm

    Oh man I’m still in the “I don’t get it” boat. I think because I went to a college that doesn’t have a good football team, let alone one that is on TV and plays big games! 🙂

  • Devon December 13, 2009, 7:21 pm

    I hated football for a really long time… until I went to college actually. I’m a huge FSU fan because that’s where I went.

  • Gina December 13, 2009, 7:22 pm

    Speaking of football…my husband and I just got back from a Ravens game. It was my company’s treat for us this year. It was 32 degrees and raining, but it was fun. 🙂
    I kind of get it, I think football is one of the more interesting sports, but I prefer to watch it on TV.

  • L December 13, 2009, 7:23 pm

    I’m a duck all the way! 🙂

  • Lauren December 13, 2009, 7:23 pm

    I went to a tiny liberal arts school for undergrad, and NYU for grad school. Needless to say, not much going on football wise. However, my parents both went to Univ. of Michigan and are hardcore Wolverine fans…I have been a fan all my life too. My boyfriend is an AVID Gators fan, so they’ve sort of become my adopted team. I can’t really justify loving both teams, but I do!

  • Emily December 13, 2009, 7:26 pm

    WAR EAGLE!!! I am an Auburn Tigers girl. I have been going to Auburn University games since I was a litte girl. My family has gone to Auburn and the hubby and I both went there. Our dogs (Yorkies) are even named after Auburn football players. SEC football is just a way of life and honestly I’m like a boy when it comes to football.

  • Barbara (Blood, Sweat and Heels) December 13, 2009, 7:35 pm

    Ahhhh Memories of 21 Jump Street:)

    I’m so old…lol

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 13, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Ha, that’s AWESOME!! I dated a Canes fan in high school and at first I hated it. I had to watch it and if they lost? Forget it..but then one day it clicked and I started loving it! 🙂 I think the problem now is we don’t have a set team to root for besides UCF. 🙂 It’s so much more fun to have a team to root for!

  • Sarah S. December 13, 2009, 7:41 pm

    P-I-T-T LET’S GO PITT!!!!!!!!!!!! I am 100% DIEHARD pittsburgh. I think you’ll appreciate that 🙂 my mom went there, it was my dream school all throughout my childhood/teens, I applied and got in! …But they didn’t have my major and I didn’t want to compromise and change to something else 🙁 nonetheless, a part of my heart has and always will belong to the panthers!!!

  • karla December 13, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Virginia Tech! Go Hokies!

  • Laura December 13, 2009, 8:10 pm


  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness December 13, 2009, 8:12 pm

    We root for THE U as well!!!!!! We are huge, huge, HUGE football fans. We love the Dolphins, and the Hurricanes. My hubby and your hubby should hang out! Although mine is a little rowdy when it comes to the games, with all of his hooting and hollering! He is OBSESSED! Thankfully, I love watching football (and completely understand all of the rules and the calls and fouls, etc). Although my husband takes it to the next level with fantasy football too! LOL!

  • Christine December 13, 2009, 8:13 pm

    Go Iowa Hawkeyes!!!! I’m will be attending the Orange bowl game on Jan. 6th, and I go to all the home games!!!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 13, 2009, 8:19 pm

    I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL! I don’t know what to do with my Saturdays now . . . I didn’t fully appreciate it until I went to Purdue and my freshman year we went to the Rose Bowl! Boiler Up! Of course my second team (which has gotten me through the last few seasons now that Purdue hasn’t been so hot) is my grad school Virginia Tech! GO HOKIES!
    We have season tickets to Boston College simply to see them play VT and Clemson (where my boyfriend went to school).

  • hemp jogger December 13, 2009, 8:23 pm

    west virginia univ…go ‘eers!!!

  • Crystal December 13, 2009, 8:51 pm

    Purdue! I was a Boilermaker and my brother is now. BTFU!

  • Maura December 13, 2009, 9:07 pm

    i’m all about some UNC TAR HEELS!

  • linds December 13, 2009, 9:09 pm

    NOTRE DAME !!! woohoo, my pops went there and the fan atmosphere all around the country is amazing !!

  • allijag December 13, 2009, 9:22 pm

    We were watching that documentary while we were waiting for UFC to come on last night – I totally thought of you and your husband (but didn’t have my computer nearby to email you and tell you it was on!) 🙂

  • Moe December 13, 2009, 9:40 pm

    The University of Michigan!!! I liked college football prior to going there now I LOVE it. I did my undergrad there and never missed a game. We have lived all over the country since I graduated and there are alumni everywhere, such an amazing network of fans to watch the game with wherever we are:)

  • Jennifer December 13, 2009, 9:54 pm

    University of Nebraska – go Huskers!!! I LOVE college football – always have. We grew where up every Saturday in the fall it was all about watching football and cheering on the Huskers. Go Big Red!!

  • Kelly Michelle December 13, 2009, 10:25 pm

    It’s all about the U! I was bummed I had to miss the documentary on Saturday. I can’t wait to watch it. I go to every home game and made it to the UCF game this year but I have to admit my favorite part is probably tailgating!

  • Erin December 13, 2009, 10:52 pm

    I am so happy to see that there are lots more Univ. of Nebraska girl fans around! Go Big Red!

  • Linzi December 13, 2009, 11:03 pm

    BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY BABY!! They are going to be in the Fiesta Bowl and will hopefully win yet again! I am such a fan of the broncos because I went to school there and grew up in B-town. Wooo hoo!

  • Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac) December 13, 2009, 11:31 pm

    OKLAHOMA!!! I’m a 2007 alum.

    We’ve had a bad year with a lot of injuries, but we’ll prevail.

    • Lisa December 14, 2009, 11:27 am

      boomer sooner! 🙂

  • Nikky December 13, 2009, 11:33 pm

    Born and raised near Detroit, so I’m gonna have to go with University of Michigan here (I also love Michigan State). God knows I can’t cheer on my city’s pro team, haha.

    Really, though, I’m a hockey girl. I do hail from Hockeytown! I would say I “bleed red” but that’s kind of a given. I’m a Red Wings nut.

  • susan December 14, 2009, 12:35 am

    i bet i’ll be the only one to throw this out:


    Boise State Broncos!!

    i was raised outside boise and it’s so great to see what they are doing in college football!!

    and i’m glad you have caught the bug… college football is SO FUN!

    • Becky December 15, 2009, 2:22 am

      Nope not the only one! GO BSU!! Love the Broncos and can’t wait for a Fiesta Bowl win!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 14, 2009, 1:01 am

    I’m not a huge college football team but if I’m watching I’m rooting for Cuse because I went to school near there and had friends who were fans.

    But I may have more of an appreciation after watching The Blind Side with Hunni tonight and may have to catch a few games.

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 14, 2009, 9:06 am

    Wow. That is TOTALLY me and my boyfriend. He says I would be his “Dream Girl” if I only liked football.

    I NEED THAT BOOK! I need to “get it”! Help me!

  • Ashley December 14, 2009, 9:11 am

    WE ARE…..PENN STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leigh December 14, 2009, 10:02 am

    I’m a University of Illinois Fighting Illini fan – bleeding orange & blue – literally, because we are horrible this year 🙂 My fiance went to Michigan, so we have a bit of a rivalry there. We went to the Illinois – Michigan game this year, and my Illini actually won! He was a good sport about it though.

    Oddly enough, I have as much Michigan gears as I do Illinois gear at this point. I made up for it by buying him a Muck Fichigan shirt this year for his birthday 🙂

  • Danielle December 14, 2009, 10:25 am

    Growing up I went through a phase where I rooted for UM (I’m from Miami), FSU and UF. Once I decided to go to UF as a junior in HS I officially became a Gator Girl, although my husband is a Seminole because he went to FSU.

  • Lisa December 14, 2009, 11:28 am

    boomer sooner! I’m a 2007 OU grad and am a Sooner for life!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 14, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Ha ha, I’m still not there yet but I’m starting to understand why my husband loves it so much. He’s a University of Texas fan because he was born there!

  • Denise December 14, 2009, 2:20 pm

    I love the Dawgs…. cause they are not the Gators? JK. Not sure why I love them but can’t remember a time when I didn’t

  • Brittany December 15, 2009, 4:49 am

    OSU Beavers!!!
    the joy of college rivalries 🙂

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