The Best Football Colleges
Saturday football games make for some of the most memorable experiences for college students. The list below features the top football schools in the country, ranked based on factors like the average number of fans in attendance, unique football traditions, and the overall gameday experience for students, alumni, and other fans. A school's Heisman Trophy winners and conference and national championships also help set them apart as a top football school.
Top Football Colleges
Who Are the Top College Football Teams?
While the best college football teams vary by season, some programs have experienced sustained levels of success on the field.
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The University of Michigan features the winningest major football program in the nation, with 953 all-time victories as of the end of the 2019 season. The University of Alabama has won 17 national championships, the most of any school. The University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and Notre Dame University have each won 11.
The University of Alabama's dominance has been especially noteworthy over the past decade — the school has won five national titles since 2009 alone. Clemson University, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, and The Ohio State University have also won championships within the past decade.
What Colleges Have Some of the Best Football Traditions?
Nearly all the best football colleges maintain unique traditions, many of which date back generations.
At the University of Texas at Austin, for example, a live steer named Bevo storms the field before each game and after each Longhorns score. The University of Oklahoma, meanwhile, maintains a similar tradition that features a replica horse-drawn wagon from the settler days.
Fans at some schools, such as The Pennsylvania State University and Texas A&M University, all wear the same color for a unifying effect on the most important home games of the year. At Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin Madison, fans jump and dance to "Jump Around," which is a more recent — yet no less memorable — tradition that has become a favorite across the college football world.
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