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Why Australia's hosting 2017 college football's opening day again

Before that, the last American College game in Australia was in 1987, when BYU beat Colorado State in front of a crowd of fewer than 8,000 .

Quite simply, there has been an eruption in the last five to ten years — Nintendo, watching Fox Sports, and social media have absolutely captivated the imagination of Australians.

Coaches can point to this experience in the future and tell recruits, “See, we do fun stuff here.” Without having polled either locker room, it seems certain that players are excited about the trip.

“For our Football players, many of whom have never been abroad, this trip will be as much about experiencing a new culture as it will be about the game itself,” Owls athletic director Joe Karlgaard says .

Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images A few skill players have made their way across the ocean in recent years, but the continent stands out for how well it produces specialists.


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