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College football is American football played by teams of students fielded by American universities and colleges, including United States military academies. It was the venue through which American football first gained popularity in the United States. College football remains extremely popular today among students, alumni, and other fans of the sport, particularly in the Southern and Midwestern parts of the country.

The first game played between teams representing American colleges was played under rules more similar to the 1863 rules of the English Football Association, the basis of the modern form of soccer. The game, between Rutgers University and Princeton University, took place on November 6, 1869 at College Field (now the site of the College Avenue Gymnasium), New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won, by a score of 6 "runs" to 4.

The 2006–07 bowl season capped the 2006 NCAA Division I-A football season in college football. The NCAA Division I-A does not include a play-off system. Instead, the season concludes with a series of bowl games that have developed as a reward for teams that do well in the regular season.

The 2006-07 schedule was the largest post-season lineup ever, with the addition of the new stand-alone Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game as well as the International Bowl in Toronto, Ontario which was the first bowl game to be played outside the USA since the last Bacardi Bowl was played in Havana, Cuba in 1937. The season also added two additional games---the PapaJohns.com Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl---as part of a record 38 post-season games (32, not including the post-BCS all-star games) scheduled between the Poinsettia Bowl on December 19, 2006, and the post-season-ending Texas vs. The Nation Game on February 2, 2007. Thus, 64 teams out of the 119 in Division I-A played in the post-season, thanks in part to the NCAA's decision to expand D-I schedules to 12 games and allow teams with a 6-6 record to be bowl-eligible if the team or their conference has negotiated a bowl contract.

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The 2008 ACC Championship Game was a college football game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Boston College Eagles. The game, sponsored by Dr. Pepper, was the final regular-season contest of the 2008 college football season for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech defeated Boston College, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, 30–12.

The Virginia Tech Hokies were selected to represent the Coastal Division by virtue of a tie-breaking head-to-head victory against division rival Georgia Tech and came into the game with an 8–4 record (5–3 in ACC play). Representing the Atlantic Division was Boston College, which had a 9–3 record (5–3 ACC). The two teams were the victors of a closely contested season in the ACC. Neither team clinched a spot in the game until the final week before the championship, and both had to rely on conference tie-breaking rules to earn a spot. The game was a rematch of the previous year's contest, which Virginia Tech won, 30–16.

The game was held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on December 6, 2008. Tampa had been chosen after poor attendance at the game's previous spot (Jacksonville, Florida) led conference officials to move the game. The 2008 championship was the first to be played in Tampa, and the game will return to Tampa in 2009. The 2010 and 2011 championship games are scheduled to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The game began slowly, as both teams punted after their opening possessions failed to gain a first down. Later in the quarter, Virginia Tech took a 7–0 lead with a five-yard touchdown run by Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies never relinquished the lead after that point. Tech extended its lead to 14–0 in the second quarter, but Boston College managed to narrow Tech's lead to 14–7 by halftime. In the second half, Virginia Tech scored 17 points to the Eagles' five, and the Hokies won the game. In recognition of his game-winning performance, Taylor was named the game's most valuable player.

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