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One Texas university towers to top spot on USA Today Best Colleges for Sports list

One Texas university towers on USA Today Best Colleges for Sports list

University of Texas cheerleader football game
Longhorns have another reason to be proud. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

At no time is school spirit more apparent on college campuses than football season. And although Texas has some pretty great universities, just one made the grade in the latest list for sports lovers.

For its annual 10 Best competition, USA Today named the 10 Best Colleges for Sports, and the University of Texas at Austin took the No. 1 spot. In fact — sorry, TCU fans — it was the only Texas school to make the coveted list.

"For athletes and non-athletes alike, the college experience — with its mascots, marching bands, and longstanding traditions — often breeds lifelong loyalty in fans," says the newspaper of the importance of athletics during the university experience. 

In order to determine the rankings, USA Today sports editor Steve Henson nominated the top 20 schools in the country. Fans then had the chance to vote once a day for their top picks.

"The University of Texas in Austin [sic] enjoys sporting success across its programs, but on Saturdays in fall, football is king," says USA Today. "Regardless of the team's success, hordes of burnt orange-wearing fans turn up in their cowboy boots to cheer on the team. Another bonus: Texas weather is ideal for tailgating."

Coming in second is Pennsylvania State University (2) followed by the University of Maryland — College Park (3). University of Florida (4) and Ohio State University (5) rounded out the top five spots. And while UT was the only Texas or Big 12 school to make the list, college football's reigning champs, University of Alabama, came in at No. 10.