Pity those who attended a small liberal arts college where Faulkner was more relevant than football they have no idea what they're missing. In Southeastern Conference country, football is a way of life. It's religion. It is the first, last and best way to spend a weekend, as evidenced on crisp fall Saturdays by the nearly 100,000 fans who pack into Bryant-Denny Stadium home of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Were the filled stadium a city, it would be the state's fifth largest.) Try to attend a game against archrival Auburn, when the fervor ratchets up even higher.