Athens — and Atlanta — among best college football towns

You don’t have to travel far to find great college football towns.

Athens is almost always included on these kinds of lists, and there it is again, on Bleacher Report’s group of Top 25 College Football Towns for 2014.

But Atlanta — at No. 24 — also is on this list — just ahead of Iowa City — which is interesting.

A lot of folks might argue with this statement: “With Georgia Tech holding a long tradition of success and fan support,” but part of the reasoning for including Atlanta is this:

Since 1994 the Georgia Dome has hosted the SEC championship, with its winner playing for a national title every year since 2006. Additionally, one of the best bowl games (Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl) is held there each year, with this season’s clash on Dec. 31 included in the inaugural College Football Playoff system.

Atlanta’s inclusion is strange since its usually considered a pro sports city and for the fact that it’s not a town. It’s a big-time city, not a smaller college town.

But anyway, Athens is No. 11, one of seven SEC towns that are included. They are:

  • No. 21 — Gainesville
  • No. 19 — Baton Rouge
  • No. 17 — Knoxville
  • No. 16 — College Station
  • No. 9 — Auburn
  • No. 5 — Tuscaloosa

Including Atlanta, there are three ACC “towns” in the group. The others:

  • No. 13 — Tallahassee
  • No. 8 — Clemson

Of course, a many of y’all will be upset that no SEC or ACC town is higher than Tuscaloosa and the list’s top four are: Lincoln, State College, Norman … and Ann Arbor.


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