If any of you have lived for any amount of time in the south as well as the midwest, maybe you can add some perspective to this. I think growing up a football fan in the midwest has an advantage over growing up in the south. Specifically, the change in weather. I was just telling someone the other day that I think spring in michigan smells like baseball and fall smells like football. When the air starts getting cooler and that fall smell is in the air, I can't help but think of going outside with the neighborhood kids on a football saturday and playing football in a yard fool of leaves. The south has an advantage as a player because you are outside playing year round, but as a fan, I think you appreciate it more because it is gone for a while. If the weather was the same and the college season just started and stopped, I don't think it would mean as much. Just talking about this, I can almost feel a brisk morning in Ann Arbor, walking down Hoover towards the stadium.
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