Tale of the Tape
SI.com's Cory McCartney sizes up football's biggest institutions.
 
College Football
NFL
Debuted
1869 1920
Regular Season Lasts
12 games 16 games
Champion Decided By
Computers Playoffs
Cheerleaders Are
Wholesome ... something completely different
Trophy
AFCA (features crystal football) Lombardi (features silver football)
Biggest Stadium
Penn State's Beaver Stadium (107,282) Cowboys Stadium (capacity, up to 100,000)
Every Game Is
A playoff Only on DirecTV
Halftime Entertainment
Bands Terry Bradshaw
Golden Boy
Tim Tebow Tom Brady
 

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