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First College Football Game

The first intercollegiate football game was played on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The game, which resembled soccer more closely than today's college football, was won by Rutgers, 6-4. A few years later, representatives from Rutgers, Princeton, Columbia and Yale met to formulate the first intercollegiate rules for the increasingly popular game, including the number of players and the size of the field. Today, there are 628 college football teams across the country and their games are attended by nearly 49 million fans. Additional millions watch the games of their favorite teams on television.


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