C – College and College Football


My story takes place at the University of Texas at Austin, the Longhorns. Most of my close high school friends went to UT, so I was familiar enough with the campus to write about it.

Every teenager who grows up in Texas, at some point has to make the decision whether they are a UT or A&M fan. My brother went to Texas A&M, the home of the Aggies and I spent a lot of time in College Station. Enough time that I knew I didn’t want to go to school there.

When it was time for me to pick a school, of course, begin the wander that I am, I picked a place out of state, but if I did stay, I would be a Longhorn.

UT Austin had this laid back, artistic, cool vibe. That’s so me.

I wasn’t really into college football until I went to college at Florida State University. If you’ve ever been to a college football game and seen 70,000 people: alumni and students, 100% caught up in the emotion of everything happening on the field, then you know what I’m talking about.

UT Austin Facts:

Number of Students: 51,000

Mascot: Bevo, the Longhorns

Colors: Burnt orange and white

Established: 1883

Rally Cry: Hook’em Horns

Famous UT Alumni: Laura Bush, Janis Joplin, Matthew McConaughey, John Hamm, Marcia Gay Harden, Owen Wilson, Renee Zellweger, Tom Landry

Over the course of the book, my main character learns what college football is all about in the south. How a city lives and dies by their team.  The players are treated like super stars and the results of a game can determine how the rest of the week will go. You can run through the gambit of emotions while watching a college football game.


Do you follow college football? Who is your favorite college football team? 

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16 thoughts on “C – College and College Football

  1. I love college football! I went to Ohio State so I’m a Buckeye fan. Agree with Alex that football is one of the best things about Autumn, there’s nothing else quite like it. 🙂

  2. I always feel a bit left out because I’ve never been a huge sports fan. There isn’t one team I really care about and that’s kind of sad. Good for you for getting behind a team and enjoying it.

  3. Football? What is this football??? Just kidding …. I know what it is but I never understand the fascination Americans have for this sport. One thing that I REALLY love about football is the much revered tailgate party. Now THAT I’m (touch)down with!

  4. I’m afraid this is all lost on me. I’m a British writer with no interest in sport. I’m an ex-Serviceman (23 years), and ex-retail manager (20 years), so my active sporting days are behind me.
    I was a long distance runner until I was 40, and I played in various team sports, but I’m not a ‘fan’ of anything or anyone.
    Having said all that, if a plot sounds good, and I can understand the sporting comments, I’m fine with it.

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