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The 7 Best Days Of The Year For The College Sports Fan

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7 Best Days Of Year

This isn't that great a time of the year for the college sports fan. 

College football's been over for a couple weeks and college basketball, while very entertaining this season, doesn't reach its peak until March. 

Fret not, though; better days are ahead. They're coming fast, too. 

Calendar shows the year 2016.

Which days do you have circled?

We've ranked the seven best days of the year for the college sports fan. These are days everyone who enjoys college basketball and college football should look forward to, no matter how their individual teams are doing. These are, simply put, seven of the best days of the year. Each of them are fantastic. 

From Selection Sunday to college football's Rivalry Saturday, we've got a pretty great seven day list. 

Here they are. 

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7. National Signing Day

This probably isn't a day that the casual college sports fan looks forward to, but it should be. 

You want craziness? National Signing Day has it. 

You want surprises? National Signing Day has them. 

You want middle-aged men freaking out on message boards over 17 and 18-year-old kids? Oh, National Signing Day has it. 

It's maybe the best day of the year for the college sports fan to be on Twitter. 

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It's less than a week away, too. This year's National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3. Make sure you're online to witness all of it. 

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6. Final Four Saturday

The NCAA Tournament's three-week stretch in mid-March to early-April is sports' best three-week stretch of the year. 

From a competition standpoint, Final Four Saturday is the tournament's best day. You're pretty much guaranteed to get at least one really good game between two really good teams. If you're lucky, you'll get two of them. And they occur back-to-back.

Last year's Kentucky-Wisconsin game was one of the best we've ever seen. 

That's why Final Four Saturday is better than championship game Monday. That and the fact that having a big sports day on a weekend is significantly better than having a big sports day on a weekday. 

You can get yourself ready all morning and afternoon (hydrate responsibly) and then enjoy watching four of college basketball's best teams battle for spots in the national championship game from about 6:30 to midnight. It's an awesome day. 

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5. New Year's Day 

If the College Football Playoff semifinal games were played on this day every year, it'd be a couple spots higher on the list. 

It's a spectacular college sports day regardless of the CFB Playoff, though. 

College football reaches its peak on this day. It's the last you can watch college football from noon until 1 a.m. day of the season. Actually, you can watch college football from 11 a.m. E.T. until 1 a.m. on this day, as a couple bowl games start before noon. 

It's a national holiday, too, so everyone's at home - or at the bar - doing the same thing: eating unhealthy food and watching college football.

It doesn't get much better than that. 

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4. College Football Opening Saturday

Few things compare to the buildup and hype leading toward the college football season. College football has become a 24/7/365 sport, but the preseason talk really heats up once summer hits. From early June until late August, it's all college sports fans want to talk about. This is going to be our year, they think. 

This all makes that first Saturday so, so satisfying. 

Everyone, after months of waiting, finally gets to see what their teams look like. 

There are great games to be watched, too. Just look at the slate for this upcoming season's opening Saturday. 

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It's a great day every year. It should be even more special this year.

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3. Selection Sunday

There might not be a better feeling in the entire world than listening to CBS' college basketball music as its NCAA Tournament Selection Show starts at 6 p.m. E.T. 

Try and listen to this and not get goose bumps. 

You watch the show, print your brackets, fill them out and prepare yourself for the best three weeks of the year. 

It's only 44 days away. 

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2. College Football Rivalry Saturday 

The last Saturday of college football's regular season is typically our best Saturday, web traffic wise, of the season. It's the Saturday after Thanksgiving and everyone's relaxing with their families, watching some of the best games of the year. 

Alabama-Auburn. Ohio State-Michigan. Florida-Florida State. 

Those three games, along with a ton of others (Nebraska-Iowa, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, etc.) are all played on this day. 

It's the best Saturday of the season. 

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1. NCAA Tournament's First Thursday

This is, hands down, the best sports day of the year. 

If you're an adult, you take off work. If you can't, you watch the games on your laptop when your boss isn't looking. 

If you're a kid, you skip school. If your parents won't let you, you beg your teachers to put the games on the TV in the classroom. There's usually at least one or two teachers (gym teachers, typically) who are cool and succumb to your pleading. 

There are 16 games played on this day. At least half of them will be awesome. A couple will probably include a great buzzer beater. Last year's first day was maybe the best ever. 

We're 48 days away. Start the countdown clock. 

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