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Birthplace of college football

If September is synonymous with anything, it’s college football – an American tradition born in Brunswick, New Jersey of all places.

The inaugural collegiate kickoff occurred on Nov. 6, 1869 between a pair of Garden State teams on College Field: Rutgers University vs. The College of New Jersey (or Princeton University, as it’s been known since 1896). The Scarlet Knights, enjoying a home-turf advantage, emerged victorious over the Tigers 6-4.

While the teams’ rivalry on the gridiron ended in 1980 (when Princeton joined the NCAA Ivy League Conference and Rutgers the Big Ten), it continues in other arenas – namely men’s basketball.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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