8 Top NCAA Football Powerhouse Schools

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Every year, thousands of fans flock to college football stadiums to support their home teams. These people are students, alumni, local supporters, the occasional bandwagon fan … the list goes on. And the players on the field could care less if the fans cheering for them are 20-year veteran season ticket holders or two families on vacation that scalped tickets. The environment at these collegiate venues is enjoyable (though maybe not for the visiting teams and their fans) yet raucous, instilling a fervor into the game.

Whereas some universities are known as basketball schools, some places out there have a reputation for being football powerhouses. And that doesn’t just mean they were highly ranked this past year or the past few years — to be considered a powerhouse, you need to have a tradition of excellence and a fan base second to none.

For these teams to remain powerhouses, there needs to be facilities that maintain quality. As a whole, football dynasties aren’t built overnight: They’re slowly constructed over decades of solid coaching and recruitment combined with faithful and loyal fans. So without further ado, here are eight of the best football schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide have dominated college football for the past three or four years. But this wasn’t a newfound domination. The team has an all-time record of 838-323-43 and has claimed an impressive 15 national championships, three since the Bowl Championship Series system started in 2007. Whether it was Paul “Bear” Bryant in the ’60s and ’70s leading Alabama to six titles or current coach Nick Saban, who took over in 2007 and won a title in 2009 and back-to-back championships in ’11 and ’12, the talent has always found its way to Tuscaloosa.

And with talent comes hordes of fans. Bryant-Denny Stadium, the home of the Crimson Tide, packs quite a punch in the Southeastern Conference — rarely is it not a full house. Seating just north of 100,000 fans, it’s nothing to scoff at, and you’ll hear plenty of “Roll Tides” on football Saturdays.

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