There are over 100 major college football programs throughout the U.S. and the big conferences even have their own TV channels now.
The realm of college ball is large and stretches across the country from Miami to Seattle. It may be big business everywhere else in the country, but in the South, college football truly is a way of life.
Up until 40 years ago, the NFL didn’t exist throughout much of the southern states outside of a handful of teams.
By that time, college ball had been played for decades and allegiances were formed.
The loyalty of a college football fan in the south goes beyond watching games on Saturday afternoons, it’s all-encompassing.
In Knoxville, it’s more than being a fan; it’s a family tradition.