5 College Football Movies To Watch During Bi-Week

Friday, November 18 by John Coon

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	College <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/football-194/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>football</a> is almost a <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/religion/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>religion</a> in some parts of the country. The celebration starts long before kickoff with tailgating and face painting and goes on long after <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/the-game-766/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>the game</a> is over with <a rel='nofollow' href=sports highlights and parades with torn down pieces of goal posts. In some ways, the euphoria and excitement created by college football is like a drug. The bye week is the equivalent of going through withdrawals. It is pure torture to not see your favorite team on the field, but you can ease the pain by getting your pig skin fix with these five football classics.

Rudy (1993):

Long before Sean Astin joined a bunch of other hobbits on a quest to destroy a shiny gold ring, he portrayed the ultimate underdog Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. His journey toward becoming a Notre Dame football player and getting on the field for one play is a part of Irish lore right up there with the Four Horsemen and Knute Rockne. Yeah, it is a thinly disguised commercial for Notre Dame. It is still fun to root for an underdog, though, no matter the situation.

We Are Marshall (2006):

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This movie tells the story of the 1970 plane crash that killed nearly all of the Marshall University football players and coaches and details the efforts of the team and the university to recover from the tragedy. It is a moving story of survival, although it gave rise to everyone using the phrase,"We are (fill in the blank)!" to the point of obnoxiousness. Even Kate Mara could not stem the titde of this trend.

The Waterboy (1998):

Adam Sandler's movies have gone from funny and stupid to just plain stupid in recent years. His chronicles of Bobby Boucher becoming a star linebacker for a downtrodden Louisiana college fall into the funny category thankfully. From his "foosball" hating mama to the redneck Cajun assistant coach, there are enough quirky characters and funny lines to keep very entertaining. Brett Musberger and Dan Fouts score bonus points for some hilarious broadcasting during the climatic Bourbon Bowl.

Necessary Roughness (1991):

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	Anyone old enough to remember Kathy <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/ireland/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>Ireland</a> lined up in droves to see her as a <span data-scayt_word=placekicker for an SMU-type program putting together a new team after crippling NCAA sanctions. Scott Bakula leads the misfit team as a 34-year-old farmer who enrolls in college so he can be the team's starting quarterback. His only hope was that the next leap would be the leap home.

The Program (1993):

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At the time of its release this movie sparked controversy over a scene where players lie down in the middle of a busy street as a test of bravery. Since then, it now is mostly notable as a vehicle for a young Halle Berry who was as fine looking back then as she is now.

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