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This Is Georgia: The Greatest College Football State In America

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The season begins here, and for the past four years it has effectively been decided here. This is the home of the oldest and winningest stadium in college football and the greatest college football player of all timeTwo of the 14 winningest programs ever, and two of the top 10 in bowl wins -- no other state can claim either.

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Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate; the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry; and the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Has your school earned one of those college football vault books? Our rivalries merit those.

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Kids who grow up playing youth football do so in the name of one of our very first coaches. They dream of one day winning the most iconic trophy in American sports, which is named after our first National Champion coachTwo of the nation's 18 most prestigious all-time programs -- both ranked in last year's final top 25 and this year's preseason rankings, led by the SEC's senior coach and the back-to-back ACC Coach of the Year.

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Two Heisman trophy winners and 117 All-Americans. Thirty-three College Football Hall of Famers from Atlanta, Athens, Statesboro, and Valdosta. One of the NFL's surest talent pipelines, with another not too far behind. Five Pro Football Hall of Famers.

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Six FBS national titles in six different decades. The nation's most dominant FCS program, with six national titles of its own. Two Division II national titles.

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You can't tell the story of the nation's greatest fight song without mentioning Atlanta, Ed Sullivan, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, our earliest trip into outer space, the tensest moments of the Cold War, the 2009 Emmys, and the invasion of Normandy. This is the heart of black college football. The Godfather loved us, and Hollywood hates us. Even our newborns are already stars.

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Transient fans who don't show up for games? Our bowl game is the best-attended non-BCS bowl and has a sellout streak trailing only the Rose and Fiesta. Sanford Stadium is the eighth-biggest stadium in America -- the population of Athens doubles on game day. 

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Pick any rivalry on any Saturday, and we can point you to an Atlanta bar populated by both fan bases. Your area's claim to being the best football town: it has a lot of Ohio State or Nebraska or Alabama fans. Yeah, we've got a lot of all those too.

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If you're new round here: welcome to college football.

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All this week, SBN ATL will be cranking out articles by great guests plus our staff writers, delivering the best one-stop source for Georgia college football writing you'll find anywhere. From Georgia's new quarterback to 1961 Georgia Tech to the West Georgia Braves. Keep it locked!

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.