The Norman Transcript

June 6, 2014

Norman ranked No. 2 college football town in nation

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Bleacherreport.com came out Friday with its Top 25 College Football Towns for 2014. Coming in at No. 2 was Norman.

“It’s one of those towns where, on gameday, the action isn’t limited to the college campus or just around the football stadium,” the article stated. “The rally cries are heard in all parts of Norman, as locals and tourists mingle together and swap stories of their collective love for the Sooner Schooner and Bob Stoops’ latest squad of superstars.”

Norman was squeezed in between a pair of Big 10 towns — No. 1 Ann Arbor, Mich. and No. 3 State College, Pa.

Other Big 12 cities that made the top 25 include No. 12 Austin, Texas and No. 10 Morgantown, W.V.. Stillwater, Manhattan, Kan., and Waco, Texas, landed in the receiving-votes column.

“The town where a college is located is the central nervous system of the school’s athletic fandom, and nowhere does this manifest itself more than during football season,” according to writer Brian Pedersen. “The handful of Saturdays every fall when a game is in town transforms the region into one big pep rally, often starting long before the contest and continuing far after the final play.”