Culture and Football in the North

Michigan Vs. Nebraska. 11/9/13

Michigan Vs. Nebraska. 11/9/13

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at one of the most historic venues in all of football. The place I am speaking of is the Big House, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor Michigan. Over 100,000 people fill this iconic stadium week in and week out. For 250 straight football games 100,000 plus have packed  the stands. On November 11th 2013 the Michigan Wolverines faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The game was a defensive battle and in the end Nebraska edged out Michigan by a score of 17-13. This was a match up of two classic power house football teams.Though not in their prime, both of these schools represent something special. Both sit in the top 10 in both total wins and winning percentage. Yes the SEC is the power house conference and some of the best athletes in the country come from the south, but there is something to be said about classic northern football. How well do you think an Alabama or LSU would bode traveling to Michigan in late November early December in 20 degree weather and snow? It is a different animal. Home field advantage isn’t just the crowd, the conditions are the 12th man. There is a reason that NFL teams despise going to Lambeau or Soldier Field. Football is forever changing and the south has an edge of everyone else, but when you really think about it, classic power house 3 yards and a cloud of dust, defensive juggernauts, and cold rainy/snowy conditions will always be a staple of this game we call football.

About Justen Ransom

My name is Justen Ransom. I am a student at the University of West Georgia. Sports are my passion. With that said I am a Mass Communications major Film Studies minor. My end goal is sports broadcasting. I have started that goal while I am getting my degree by working for the WOLF internet radio. I am the Sports Director and manage the WOLF's second stream The WOLF Sports. I have my own sports talk show as well as doing play by play for West Georgia Soccer Volleyball Baseball and Softball. I also simulcast Football and basketball. I now add to my work writing for the awesome site.