Passion, tradition elevate college football over NFL

Passion, tradition and rivalries are just the most obvious reasons college football beats the NFL, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: August 15, 2006, 3:16 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The request to provide 20 reasons college football is better than the NFL is not a fair one.

How can anyone defend the humdrum nature of 110,000 screaming fashion-forward (orange, I hear, is hot) Tennessee fans against parity (NFL motto: Excellence just gets in the way)?

How can anyone justify the depth of antipathy that Ohio State and Michigan fans have for each other when compared to the thrills of a Houston-Jacksonville game in October (or the rematch three weeks later)?

What ...

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