The Underdog Heroes of Small School Football Pride

There are hoards of endorphin fueled college students—made up of both non sporty and highly sporty people—who stand color-coded, painted, and proud, waiting for their chance to yell into any camera that comes near. They aren’t fearful of future employers or the concern of their parents. Nor are they foolish bimbos on spring break. They are ancient disciples of a timeless American tradition. They’re college football fans.

As over-dramatic as they seem, there is good reason for this rowdy group of advocates. Football games and tailgates bring tons of students, alumni and community members together. You get to meet new people here, you’re outside, you get a distraction from screens and most importantly, you discover school pride (who cares if you need a heated and unreasonable rivalry to do it?)

If you think this lively atmosphere is reserved for the big-dog, Orange bowl winning schools—you're a fool. Or you just haven't heard of Schools like Saint Johns University where nearly all of their 3,600 undergrad students race to the stadium every Saturday and sing the school fight song in their sleep. 

These following five Division III schools set a mark for underdog pride and exuberance, showing us all that you don’t need corporate sponsors and Greek god-like athletes to have a rich football tradition. These students want to be just as legendary as the fans that show up on National television, and despite being in the lowest possible athletic division, they succeed. Now we honor them. 

Saint John's University of Minnesota

Average audience size: 7,752

Enveloped in a row of Minnesota pine trees sits St. John’s Universities Clemens Stadium. AKA The Natural Bowl. All the sensations evoked from good, old-fashion pig-skin games are found here—rugged autumn themed nature, tight-knit students packed into bleacher, and even the legend of a humble former coach who preached moral lessons and refused to run dangerous hitting drills. He coached until he was 75 and became the winningest college football coach of all time. His legend lives on through the studen fans who are a part of the largest average audience for DIII games. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hampden-Sydney College

Average audience size: 7,252

The Hampden-Sydney Tigers are a dominant team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Though a small liberal arts college, the school has a strong commitment to supporting student-athletes, which starts with an extremely loyal fan base. They regularly pack their new stadium, making the games a Saturday night tradition at the school.

 

McDaniel College

Average audience size: 5,497

McDaniel’s football team dates back to 1891 when the helmets were leather and neither world wars had yet to be fought. While the school hasn’t managed to move out of Division III in the past 124 years they have built an immense fan base that voices a rivalry with both Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. These underdogs will pick a fight with anybody. 

 

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Average audience size: 5,455

This video says it all about the four time National Championship Warhawk Football team.

 

Emory & Henry College

Average audience size: 5,341

The Wasps compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, one of the toughest in the Nation. Students from this sweet school in the hills of Virginia come to Fred Selfe Stadium with as much intensity and a desire to win as their team—and so does their team. 

College Life Sports & Athletics

Should I Join a Theatre Group in College?

Take it from a former college theatre geek, your school stage will most likely be the best and last stage you'll ever be on. 

After graduation, it’s all community theater and church ensembles, and who has the time for that? Nobody, that's who. 

Going to the farmers market is one of those things that just feels good.

They're quaint and novel, full of happy people buying hand-grown food, and sometimes, they even have a guy playing an accordian over by the pickle stand. It doesn't get better than that, my friends. 

On-Campus Farmers Markets

The lost art of growing vegitables and selling them directly to the community isn't lost yet at these awesome college, where students and professors alike are able to walk less than the length of the campus to a fresh and fantastic farmers markets.

Disc Golf is Everwhere on a College Campus

What do a statue of a university founder, a liberal arts building and an on-campus coffee shop have in common? They can all be disc golf targets.

That’s right, practically every college campus can and should be used as a disc golf course. It’s done at St. Mary’s University, where students get to throw over streams and historic graveyards. And it’s done at the University of Oregon, where students shoot through skinny, sprawling oak trees.

Why Chess is Such a Great Game

Chess may be one of the most important games in humanity.

It has taken geniuses and robots to master, has lasted through centuries of sporting, permeated across the globe and found its way onto almost every college campus in the country. Yet despite its prodigious back story, it is still one of the most democratic games, funneling down to just two individuals and their wits. 

Who is Wes Anderson?

Wes Anderson is half-average guy half-magician. His fashion, visual style, films and characters are all relatable, genuine, cool and absurdly different. He’s been making amazing cult films since the late 80’s, attracting fans of all ages and backgrounds. But at one point he was nothing more than a dude sitting in the back of a college play-write class, looking to make friends and talk movies. 

Having something you wrote with your name attached to it on a website that you didn’t create is resume gold. I'm not talking about your personal blog (which can still be very impressive), I'm talking about guest blogging. 

Guest blogging shows initiative, skill, and business cunning. And although it seems like everyone’s doing it, trust me, it’ll still make you stand out.

The best thing about SpoonUniversity is that its writers understand students. 

College students go to class. College students study in libraries. College students go on $3 hot dog runs at 2 a.m. What they don’t do—is cook. At least not as much as they could.

SpoonUniversity is fixing that.

Having trouble making friends in college?

Worry not - you're not alone! Making friends at any stage of life is a challenge, especially if you're somewhat shy, introverted, or -- we're just going to come out and say it -- "picky". 

Some think it should be easy to make friends in college since there are so many people around, but that's not true. If anything, the amount of options and directions students are pulled in can make it harder to find someone you can really get along with. 

Alright, if our calculations are correct then between move-in day and graduation day you could meet a Prince, a future American President, a surfer musician, a quarterback, or a genius.

You could also meet some other non-famous cutie hanging out around campus, but that wouldn't be as exciting. 

Competitive people can’t help being competitive just like lazy people can’t help being lazy. It’s simply in the blood. But for obvious (and unfortunate) culturally American reasons, teachers, parents and honest friends will berate you for being lazy, but wont for being overly competitive. That’s because competitive people tend to excel: top percentile grades, multiple extracurricular activities and popularized class rank are among some of the achievements of those who win at school.

Should You Listen to Your Parents College Advice?

For the most part, yes. When it comes to picking a degree or figuring out the finances then your parents can be a huge help.

But there are other things about they don't know a whole lot about, and that's because college has changed so much since they went. 

The basics are the same—find a subject you like and excel at it, enjoy your social life but don’t get carried away, try to get a degree in four years—but some of what they tell you will only get your hopes up or stress you out. Here's what's changed. 

College is Full of Surprises

There are a lot of cliches about college. Even friends, family, and former students can give you false information.

Every school (and people's perceptions of them) are different. And sometimes people just flat out embellish (you know those people). 

They say that Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but they're wrong, it’s called Google.

Everything you need to know to be able to write a good research paper, bring relatable current news to your classroom, back up your arguments and lead a rewarding life you can be found through Google.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad information out there that will clutter your search results and force you to miss the good stuff. We don't want you to miss the good stuff. 

The End of Winter Break...

The start of the second semester is a strange time to be a student. For the past several weeks, your lifestyle has been the complete antithesis to educational development—you’ve probably finished a shameful number of Netflix shows, spent some quality time with hometown friends, and haven’t been waking up before 10 or reading from a textbook.

Now, you'll soon be going back to campus where you'll be asked to do the total opposite.

If you don’t start a club in college, chances are you never will. That’s just the truth. I mean it’s the perfect place. It’s full of active, fun-seeking, mostly adventurous students—enough to flock around most obscure/unique/weird interests you may have.

If you’re down with all this and want to continue or start an epic tradition, then listen up, because there are still some things that can go way wrong.

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