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The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. 02/01/ · On any given Saturday during football season, all manner of beast roam the sidelines as team mascots. There's a big reason why.

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Before the game the teams' live animal mascots -- Georgia's Uga the bulldog and Texas' Bevo the steer -- faced off on the sidelines. It was supposed to be a simple photo op, but nobody told Bevo, who promptly charged at Uga and almost took out a few humans in the process.

So, just why do college football teams have live animals mascots anyway? The live animal mascots have some real advantages. I think of them as like a focal point for the fan community to get behind. On any given Saturday afternoon, you'll find all manner of beast roaming the sidelines at games: Bill the Goat at Navy.

But it's believed the first live animal college mascot was Yale's Handsome Dan bulldog. A student from England named Andrew Graves brought the first Handsome Dan to football and baseball games in , according to the Yale News. There's been a continuous line of them ever since. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That equals more than half a billion in dollars. That's more money than the gross national product of some small nations.

In fact, many universities in places like Tennessee, Kansas, Arizona and elsewhere are shelling out astronomical funds to build shiny new stadiums, or to make their existing facilities bigger and better. A lot, if not most, of the money for these multimillion-dollar facilities comes from private donors, but the ultra-high numbers speak volumes about the role of sports in America's education system.

Sporting events, particularly football, have become cash cows that are critical to the overall economic success of many institutes of higher learning. Even after adjusting for inflation, experts say the cost of modernizing or replacing aging stadiums is generally pricier than a generation ago. They expect amenities like club level seats, premium concession areas, video screens throughout the stadium and robust connectivity.

Let's take a quick look at a few recent, pricey renovations along with some of their best features. Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Kyle Field opened in What the money bought: That's not surprising, given the final price: The project transformed Kyle Field from a horseshoe-shaped facility to one fully surrounded by seats, making it "one of the five largest stadiums in collegiate football.

It also boasts one of college football's largest video boards, measuring 47 feet by feet. Notre Dame Stadium opened in Renovation included three new academic buildings. Notre Dame called this renovation and new construction plan the largest building project in its more than year history.

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Manchester United Reading. Also in the works are plans to expand the south concourse, including new restrooms and concession stands.

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