To get you in the mood for the first college football weekend of the season, here’s my top 25 list (in no particular order) of some of the greatest college football quotes ever …

1. “You are looking live … !”

- Brent Musberger

2. “You can learn more character on the 2-yard line than anywhere else in life.”

- Paul Dietzel

3. “Because they wouldn’t let me go for three!”

- Ohio State coach Woody Hayes in 1968 on why he went for two at the end of a 50-14 rout of archrival Michigan

4. “Dracula and LSU football are at their best when the sun goes down.”

- Beano Cook

5. “Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.”

- John Heisman

6. “And the last thing he said to me – ‘Rock,’ he said – ‘sometime, when the team is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock,’ he said, ‘but I'll know about it. And I’ll be happy.’ ”

- Pat O’Brien as Knute Rockne in “Knute Rockne All American” (1940)

7. “At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.”

- Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell

8. “There are two things every man in America thinks he can do: work a grill and coach football.”

- Greg Schiano

9. “A tie is like kissing your sister.”

- Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty

10. “Here’s a $20. Bury two.”

- Paul “Bear” Bryant when asked to chip in $10 for a sportswriter’s burial expenses

11. “An atheist in Alabama is one that doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.”

- Georgia coach Wally Butts

12. “You know what FSU stands for, don’t you? ‘Free Shoes University.’ ”

- Steve Spurrier after a scandal at Florida State in which agents bought more than $6,000 worth of shoes for Seminoles players.

13. “I promise you one thing. A lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.”

- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in 2008 after a 31-30 upset loss to Ole Miss. The Gators didn’t lose again, winning their second national title in three years.

14. “Three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.”

- Texas coach Darrell Royal

15. “Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, beat Texas.”

- A sign at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, before the 1965 Razorbacks-Longhorns game. No. 3 Arkansas beat No. 1 Texas, 27-24.

16. “There are two kinds of people in the world, Notre Dame lovers and Notre Dame haters. And, quite frankly, they’re both a pain in the ass.”

- Notre Dame coach Dan Devine

17. “This place makes Notre Dame look like Romper Room.”

- USC guard Brad Budde after playing LSU in Tiger Stadium in 1979

18. “Will Rogers never met Barry Switzer.”

- Darrell Royal

19. “Tell them … tell them to bear down.”

- Arizona quarterback John “Button” Salmon. “Bear Down” has become Arizona athletics’ motto.

20. “Fight ‘em until hell freezes over, then fight ‘em on the ice!”

- TCU coach Leo “Dutch” Meyer. His words have become the Horned Frogs’ battle cry.

21. “It’s tough to play them behind the bushes.”

- LSU coach Charles McClendon on going play at Georgia, typically referred to as playing “between the hedges.”

22. “Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”

- Lou Holtz

23. “Always remember: Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.”

- Auburn coach Shug Jordan

24. “No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. The Team! The Team! The Team!”

- Bo Schembechler

25. “Have a great day.”

- Les Miles

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