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Why do they come back to Ann Arbor for a game? "Half of it is just seeing all our friends," said Shufro. So what's the other half? "College football is different than any other sport," said Ryan. "It engages the whole campus."

"And it fills the whole day," Shufro said. "Tailgating, the game, dinner, then drinking. You catch up pretty fast.

"You come back here," he added, looking around the bar, "and you step back in time. And honestly, I don't know if we'd ever come back if there wasn't a home football game. I know we never have. We're not coming back for Art Fair!"

"There'd be no point!" Shufro said. "If we didn't go to a school with a serious football tradition ..."

"We would never come back!" Ryan said. "My friends [in Atlanta] who went to Wake Forest, they don't go back."

Given their deep-rooted passion for college football, they are naturally concerned about preserving what makes it special.

So, what does make it special?

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