Top 10 College Towns in the Big 12

Here at HSJ, we have done a ton of research over the years.  Some of this research has been used for investigative reports, and some has lingered for months in our computers.  This offseason, we will dust of some old research and formulate articles for the general public.

So, for our first effort this offseason, we give you the top 10 college towns in the Big 12.

1.  Lawrence, Kansas – Forgetting about the bitter cold winters and the fact that you can’t throw a snowball without hitting a frat guy, Lawrence is without question the top college town in the Big 12.

2.  Norman, Oklahoma – Oklahoma has a beautiful campus and the football-centric culture really comes alive on football Saturdays.

3.  Fort Worth, Texas – Fort Worth is a cool town.  It really isn’t a college town, especially since TCU is such a tiny school, but the few students who do live in Fort Worth certainly enjoy the experience.

4.  Manhattan, Kansas - Aggieville is fun.  The students have a blast.  This is what a college town is all about.

5.  Ames, Iowa – Iowa State is a large school with over 30,000 students.  The small town of Ames features a high student ratio and creates the most school spirit in the Big 12 outside of The Little Apple.

6.  Stillwater, Oklahoma – The campus itself looks like an abandoned military base, but the bar to student ratio within walking distance is off the charts for such a small town.

7.  Lubbock, Texas – Too many days of dust storms and bad smells take up the year in Lubbock.  It’s almost impossible to be happy in this place.

8.  Waco, Texas – Again, this is not really a college town.  The Baptist Church sucks the life out of this place. 

9.  Morgantown, West Virginia – Along with Lubbock, Morgantown is known for being in the middle of nowhere.  It’s rare a town this small could have riots, but there is definitely a backwoods element that surges to the forefront on happy occasions.

10.  Austin, Texas -  Like Waco and Fort Worth, this is not a college town.  In fact, it’s home to the worst traffic in Texas.  Bums live on and across from campus, and the neighborhoods surround the university are unsafe.  Once a great city, Austin has now fallen way down the list of livable cities, and definitely does not offer a positive experience for college students.

STAAAATE Fans Arrive from Starkville

This week in College Station, we welcome the fine people of the progressive beacon of technology, Mississippi State University.

HSJ has been carefully documenting the people of the Magnolia State as they come to town a’tradin and visitin’.

If youve got any greenbacks to dally about, leave em at home. Bring your seed sacks, livestock, hard candies, and straw pennies–lets do some good ol fashioned business this weekend at Kyle.

 

MSU fan photogallery:

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A well warshed face goes a long way when meetin new kin

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The people have a youthful exuberance about them over tomorrows contest

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parking is nary a problem for the well traveled journeymen of Stayte.

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The people are a romancin this fall, takin their betrothed out courtin. Show them the Century Tree!

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A well learned group, they might find the Battalion of interest. Share a copy Ags.

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Girls! Girls! Make a girl a woman this weekend Ags.

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Theyd just like to have a cold glass of suds..

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And maybe give you a show!!

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But mainly, its about sportsmanship.   Heres to a ripping good ol row on the field!

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Sit back and take it all in. Have fun out there.

Kyle Field 1999-2013 Bottom Ten

Let’s get right down to brass tacks; the majority of these last 15 years have been a rough time to be a Texas Aggie Football fan. If we think like Charlie Weis and analyze this situation the same way we would a sandwich, we have some pretty decent bread (the Bonfire game and the whole SEC experience these last two years) and some horrendous meat/cheese/veggies. 0 conference championships, 2 wins against Tech, 1 against OU and Texas, a near-loss to Baylor, and, outside of the 2010 Nebraska game, there’s been a dearth of meaningful home wins in The House that Billy Pickard Lives In.

So when Mr. Pickard starts going to work on West side with his sledgehammer this Monday, don’t blame us for not being too sad to see the new configuration of Kyle. Let’s take a cathartic look back at moments that will be much easier to suppress  bthelack & white slow motion flashbacks of when you walk into newer Kyle next September.

10. Fresno State 2007

Despite the win, just an all around ball-buster. Heat. Overtime. Pat Hill’s mustache.

9. Pittsburgh 2003

The Larry Fitzgerald game. Remember in the 2002 game, when you thought, “Hey, this freshman that’s making Sammy Davis Jr. look awful must be REALLY good because Sammy is a future NFL star.” Well for once your Ag-grandizing was partially right as it was a precursor to Fitz torching the Ags 3 receiving TDs on this hot as balls September day.

8. Iowa State 2005

Todd Blythe.

7. Baylor 2005

The “Lock the Gates” Game. If Jerry Garcia had not told stoned out of his gourd Reggie to go for it, we might have lost to the Beards two years in a row.

6. Oklahoma 2008

Chief Sam Bradford leads the worst home loss in Kyle Field history.

5. Texas State 2005

Remember convincing yourself that the reason we looked so bad was because our team thought the game was supposed to be played on Saturday of that week? So did their team.

4. Texas Tech 2002

Woof. This one set the stage for a decade of Air Raid torment. Failure to implement a style of play that neutralizes talent disparity in the face UT and OU rapestanding us for 15 years on the recruiting trail truly makes you appreciate where CKS has the program today.

3. Arkansas State 2008

Literally, the only good that came from this was some ballistic AYer posting after the game that said “the only way he could be more pissed off, is if his pregnant wife’s baby came out Asian.”

We don’t think his handle was JapaneseAg92

2. Texas 2005

Tough call putting this one over the 2011 game, but it hurt knowing we had a shot to end their title chances. An injured Reggie McNeal nearly led the team to victory from the sidelines.

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