At the height of the football season, a Monday morning quarterback's map of the U.S. (above) looks like nothing so much as a general's battle plan. From one end of the country to the other, the weekly battles are organized like the encounters of battalions, regiments and divisions in a system as complex as it is often confusing to the eager football layman. And behind them stand the colleges, large and small, from whose ranks of men and women come the teams, the cheerleaders, the bands and all the pageantry which make football what it is.
Here, with the aid of diagrams prepared by L. H. Billing, Sports Engineer for the Falk Corporation's Sport Facts, SI presents an over-all view of the national football scene. The conferences are located above, and detailed in charts at right, which lists the colleges, their enrollment and football stadiums. The gridiron itself, scene of the weekly battles, is blueprinted on opposite page with all the precise measurements developed from 80 years of play.
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF MAJOR FOOTBALL CONFERENCES
A—Pacific Coast Conf.
C—Intercolt. Athl. Conf. (Big 7)
D—Missouri Valley Conf.
E—Western Conf. (Big 10)
F—Detroit U. (Mo. Valley Conf.)
J—Atlantic Coast Conference
MODERN COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL FIELD
The field shall be a rectangular area with dimensions, lines, zones, goals, flags as indicated. All lines must be marked with a material which is not injurious to the eyes or skin.
Inbounds shall be determined by measurements from the inside edges of the boundary markings. The area enclosed by sidelines and end zones is "inbounds."