League perceptions real or imagined

Originally Published: August 13, 2013
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4 on Nov. 6, 1869, in the first intercollegiate football game recorded, thereby proving that those boys from central New Jersey were soft. At least through the lens of college football fandom today, that would have been the reaction.

When teams from different regions play, we extrapolate grand conclusions from the results. Heck, we do the same even when they don't play, weaving together twisting arguments of hypotheticals and transitive properties. When ...

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