It’s arguable that college football has the one of the largest bases of passionate and loyal fans. In any given town on any given day, fans are debating the merits of a player, a team, a league, a coach, a ranking — and even what makes it such a great sport.
Ask any fan across the country why they love college football and you will receive a wide variety of answers – passion, pageantry, tradition, marching bands, dedication to the school, Saturdays, tailgating and many more. We asked 18 ESPN college football analysts what the sport meant to them. See the results in the video above.
What’s college football mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.
Video produced by Tonya Malinowski.
Participating analysts in alphabetical order: Mike Bellotti, Ray Bentley, Todd Blackledge, John Congemi, Ed Cunningham, Brad Edwards, Rod Gilmore, Brian Griese, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Brock Huard, Danny Kanell, Tom Luginbill, Trevor Matich, Jesse Palmer, Chris Spielman, Matt Stinchcomb and Andre Ware.
ESPN will kick off the 2012 college football season with 46 games in five days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio as part of the fifth annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week Thursday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.