Guide to College Football

College Football is a big deal at many U.S. universities. Students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community members take great pride in cheering for their team.

Every Saturday each fall, millions of fans watch their favorite college football teams hit the field, battling their way to the coveted national championship game in January.

College football is played by teams of student-athletes sent by: Universities, Colleges, and American Military Academies. It is generally considered the second tier of American football, one step ahead of high school competition and one step below professional competition (NFL). American football has nothing to do with football (soccer). In fact, it really has nothing to do with feet in general! American football is a contact sport with two teams each with 11 players.

One of these teams is the offense, which tries to bring the ball to the end zone (an area marked at the end of the field), while the other team plays defense and works to stop the offensive team. The game itself lasts one hour, divided into four 15-minute quarters. However, this only tells half the story, and the average game takes 3 hours and 12 minutes to complete.

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