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We compare three new college football DVDs -- Which teams score big, and which are gridiron-deficient?

We compare three new college football DVDs

There are college football fans who sing their school's fight song...at their weddings. These are the same folks who forget their anniversaries but somehow know the score to the 1989 Fiesta Bowl. Don't be ashamed. If you're a disciple of Notre Dame, Texas, or Florida, you can bask in your team's glory year-round on Warner's new DVDs. Fans will treasure the old footage from the 1946 Army game in The History of Notre Dame Football, interviews with coach Darrell Royal in The History of Texas Longhorns Football, and the deification of ''The Swamp'' and Gatorade in 100 Years of Florida Gator Football. Plus, the three docs are a virtual blueprint of the sport's evolution, from Knute Rockne's innovative forward pass to Florida coach Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun offense. For sheer chills, the Notre Dame doc ranks No. 1, but Florida's centennial celebration boasts the most ESPN-generation savvy. There's no mention, of course, of pool shark George Gipp's truancy or Florida's NCAA probation, since these docs inevitably share a trait required of every loyal fan: a selective memory. Which reminds me. The 1989 Fiesta Bowl? 34-21, Irish. ND: A- Texas: B Florida: B+

Originally posted Sep 22, 2006 Published in issue #899 Sep 29, 2006 Order article reprints