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College football”s finest square up at the Rose Bowl

While the National Football League (NFL) has a huge profile around the world, college football remains a peculiarly domestic phenomenon.

During the regular season, thousands of local people turn out to watch college teams play on a level comparable to the top flight of English football. The annual Rose Bowl game on New Year”s Day is the season finale that always tops the rest.

Played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the game pits two of the top teams, usually from the rival Pacific-10 and Big Ten divisions, against one another to find the nation”s best college side.

As might be expected from any American sport, even at this level, the game is surrounded by a raft of statistical analysis and awards for individual performances. There is even a Rose Bowl Hall of Fame into which outstanding players are inducted.

Known as ”The Granddaddy of Them All”, the game forms part of the Tournament of the Roses which opens with a televised New Year”s parade.

The college football system is a prime breeding ground for players entering the professional NFL, which each year”s Draft selection process attracting more punditry and commentary than individual matches.

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