If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. That's what the song says, anyway, and it's true that getting the Big Apple's seal of approval can make life easier in just about any walk of life. That doesn't mean you can't make it other places without having any foothold in New York City, though.
College football proves that every fall, as millions of people around the country thrill to the exploits of the Trojans, Longhorns and Gators while the city busies itself with brunch, shopping and dozens of other activities. Yes, we know that Columbia and Fordham play football, but we're talking Division I here. We're a sports town, but, ever since St. John's became irrelevant in basketball, we're not a big time college sports town. The NCAA is hoping to change that next year, however.
The Big 12 and Big East conferences have reached an agreement to send two of their schools to the Bronx to do battle in the Yankee Bowl at, naturally, Yankee Stadium. It won't be a particularly high-powered affair, seventh place in the Big 12 against the third or fourth-best team in the Big East, but it's something. And, as it comes on the heels of news that Notre Dame and Army will play in Jeter's joint in the autumn of 2010, that makes for a veritable landslide of collegiate action coming our way.
Now, New York isn't totally without ties to the upper echelons of the college game. Army and Notre Dame used to regularly play at the Stadium, but not since 1969 which means many locals may need a refresher course on how college action differs from the games played by the Jets and Giants. Here's a few helpful tips:
Help out your fellow New Yorkers and leave some more helpful hints in the comments. Together, we'll make this a college football town or sigh trying.