13 of the best football movies to get you in the mood for the fall season

Aside from Halloween movies, football films are most defintiely one of the best ways to get into the fall spirit.

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To get you in the spirit of the all-American pigskin game, we've gathered some of our absolute favorite movies below. They made us laugh, cry, and really just want to tackle someone.

13.) Varsity Blues
A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to the big W, after the star quarterback is injured. It's your classic All-American high school football movie.

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12.) The Replacements
Starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman, during a pro football strike, the owners of a famous football team decide to hire subs for the team.

11.) Brian's Song
Talk about a tear-jerker. Based on the real life relationshipteammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, Piccolo discovers Sayers is dying and we basically just cried the rest of the movie.

10.) Jerry MaGuire
Starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr., "Jerry MaGuire" tells the story of a recently fired sports agent who relies on the only athlete who stays with him, football superstar Rod Tidwell.

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9.) Rudy
The moral of Rudy is that no matter your circumstances, you can excel at anything if you put your mind to it. Rudy was always told he was too small to play college football, but he overcame the odds are achieved his dream at Notre Dame.

8.) The Waterboy
Adam Sandler stars in the hilarious comedy about a waterboy who discovers he actually is an amazing lineman, and tackles anyone he could get his hands on.

7.) The Longest Yard
Another Adam Sandler starrer, "The Longest Yard" is about a group of inmates who challenge the prison guards to a 'friendly' game of football.

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6.) Friday Night Lights
The truly American story, based on H.G. Bissinger's book, profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

5.) Any Given Sunday
When you think of football movies, "Any Given Sunday" is usually always on the list.A professional football team must learn to deal with the ups and downs of life in the spotlight, and let's just say, it isn't easy.

4.) The Little Giants
Every '90s kids remember the ragtag gang of misfits in "The Little Giants" and probably one of the best movies of the decade.

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3.) Radio
File this movie under "heartbreaking." Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as a developmentally challenged man who was taken under the wing of the high school football coach.

2.) Remember the Titans
Based on a true-story, an African American man is appointed head coach of a high school football team and tries to breakdown the racial barriers using the great game of football.

1.) The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for playing real-life woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy, and rightfully so. The Tuohy's take in young, homeless boy Michael Ohre, who goes on to excel in high school football.

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Ranking the best college football programs of all time
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Ranking the best college football programs of all time

Total wins: 878
National championships: 16*
Conference titles: 25
Heisman Trophy winners: 3

In our eyes, the University of Alabama is home to the greatest program in college football history. The Tide have had massively successful runs (including their ongoing dynasty) under arguably the two greatest coaches in college football history in Bear Bryant (1958–82) and Nick Saban (2007 to the present). They have won a record 16 national titles (some people will argue that it’s only 14, though), 25 conference titles, 878 total games, and had three Heisman Trophy winners. And with the way things are shaping up, there is a good chance that the Tide will win another national championship in 2016.

Statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference.

Total wins: 729
National championships: 11
Conference titles: 37
Heisman Trophy winners: 7*

The USC Trojans have been a college football powerhouse since the early ’20s. They have had three different head coaches win 100 or more games, and a fourth coach, Pete Carroll, won 97 games. During the Trojans’ run to 729 wins, 11 national titles, and 37 conference titles, they became known as “Tailback U” and served as the main football attraction in the major media market of Los Angeles from 1995–2016 while the city was without a team in the National Football League. USC is currently fighting to get back into national title contention, and with the type of talent they bring in on a yearly basis, it shouldn’t be long before we see the Trojans competing in the College Football Playoff.

*Includes the Heisman Trophy won by Reggie Bush which has since been vacated.

Total wins: 899
National championships: 11
Conference titles: 42
Heisman Trophy winners: 3

The University of Michigan is home to one of the proudest and most tradition-rich college football programs in the country. The Wolverines have won more games than any other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision; they almost always lead the nation in home game attendance figures; they have won a whopping 11 national titles and 42 conference titles; and they have 39 former coaches and players who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Michigan is currently in the midst of a program revival under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has built the Wolverines into legitimate national title contenders in just his second year on the job.

Total wins: 767
National championships: 8
Conference titles: 36
Heisman Trophy winners: 7

Ohio State University is home to one of the greatest college football programs of all time. The Buckeyes have won eight national titles, 36 conference titles (34 came in the Big Ten), and 767 total games. Their seven Heisman Trophy winners ties them for the most by a single program in college football history. Few other schools can boast attendance figures that rival Ohio State’s, and Ohio Stadium (nicknamed “The Horseshoe”) is one of the most recognizable sporting venues in the country.

With head coach Urban Meyer at the helm, the Buckeyes are in the midst of yet another dominant run and should be among the top contenders to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2016.

Total wins: 808
National championships: 7
Conference titles: 44
Heisman Trophy winners: 5

The Oklahoma Sooners are one of a handful of college football programs that have withstood the test of time. They are the only program in major college football history to have four coaches each win 100 or more games during their time in Norman, Okla.. Over the last decade they have won 10 or more games in a season eight times (they have also accomplished the feat 25 times in the last 50 years); they have had five Heisman Trophy winners; and they have won 808 total games, 44 conference titles, and seven national titles. With a loaded squad that includes a serious Heisman contender in quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Sooners will likely contend for their program’s eighth national championship in 2016.

Total wins: 845
National championships: 5
Conference titles: 43
Heisman Trophy winners: 3

Ever since Bob Devaney took over as their head coach in 1962, the University of Nebraska football team has been a force to be reckoned with. Devaney’s eventual replacement, Tom Osborne, was one of the greatest football coaches (at any level) in the history of the sport and the ’99 College Football Hall of Fame inductee led the Huskers program to new heights. From 1973–97, Nebraska had 15 10-win seasons, won three national titles, and had two Heisman Trophy winners. Perhaps the greatest indication of how great this program truly is, is the fact that anything less than a 10-win season typically results in their head coaches landing in the hot seat.

Total wins: 835
National championships: 4
Conference titles: 30
Heisman Trophy winners: 2

No matter the level, football is king in Texas. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that the Texas Longhorns are among the greatest college football programs of all time. Their dominance has been somewhat forgotten as of late given their recent struggles, but when it comes down to it, 835 wins, 53 bowl game appearances, 30 conference titles, and four national titles is nothing to scoff at.

Total wins: 555
National championships: 5
Conference titles: 9
Heisman Trophy winners: 2

In the early ’80s, the Miami Hurricanes went from being one of the biggest laughingstocks in all of college football to being one of the best programs in the history of the sport. In the process of becoming “The U,” Miami went on two dynasty-esque runs. The first was from 1983–1994 under head coaches Howard Schnellenberger, and the second came during the 2000–05 seasons with Butch Jones and Larry Coker at the helm. On top of it all, there may not be a better school in the country when it comes to producing NFL talent.

Total wins: 486*
National championships: 3
Conference titles: 15
Heisman Trophy winners: 3

The fact that the Florida State football program has had just two head coaches since 1974 should tell you everything you need to know about how successful the Seminoles have been throughout the years. Former FSU head coach Bobby Bowden, who coached the Noles from 1976–2009, can be credited for the program’s rise into national prominence. Current head coach Jimbo Fisher has carried on the tradition of excellence in Tallahassee. On top of churning out countless All-Americans, Florida State has also become a haven for future NFL draft picks.

Total wins: 674
National championships: 3
Conference titles: 9
Heisman Trophy winners: 3

Over the last 25 years, the Florida Gators have been one of the most dominant college football programs in the country. During that stretch of time, they have posted 14 double-digit win seasons, won eight SEC titles and three national titles, and had two Heisman Trophy winners (quarterbacks Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow).

The University of Florida football program has always been strong, but they truly became a national power in the mid-’90s when Steve Spurrier took over as the team’s head coach. They also later enjoyed an immense run of success under Urban Meyer, and despite a rough four-year run from 2011–14 under former head coach Will Muschamp, the future again looks bright in Gainesville, Fla. with new head coach Jim McElwain leading the way.


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