You don't have to be a backpack-slinging coed to love these collegiate classics.
Photo: Robbie Caponetto
While these college towns top our preseason poll for reasons beyond the gridiron, we won't judge you for making an end zone rush to visit.
Best College Town Criteria:
- A population under 200,000 (thus excluding favorites like Austin) so that the school has an incredibly strong impact on the town.
- A lively local scene with good, affordable restaurants, independent boutiques, and support of the arts.
- A dedicated and active alumni base.
- A healthy dose of Southern charm.
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