I remember sitting with my big brother, watching the University of Washington play in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day at some point in my pre-teen years. He patiently explained to me what was going on, why different players were doing different things, who I should be rooting for.

It's the first time I can recall watching a football game, and I was pretty much hooked from then on. I cheered for the Huskies for years after that, only shifting my loyalty when I enrolled at BYU. In fact, some of my best memories from my days there happened at Cougar Stadium (LaVell Edwards Stadium, these days).

So you can imagine my excitement when a friend scored some last-minute tickets to watch the two winningest college football programs in history match up last weekend in South Bend, Ind. Granted, Michigan and Notre Dame aren't exactly setting the world on fire this year, but you wouldn't have known that from being in the crowd.

As much as we Cougars love our team, no game I attended in Provo matched the energy of the fans in South Bend.

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