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Professional football vs. college football is a debate as heated as Russell vs. Chamberlain or Mantle vs. Mays.

Those who prefer college football will tell you their sport has the most passionate fans, that there's nothing like being at the Big House, or Neyland Stadium or The Swamp on a brisk Saturday afternoon.

Pro football aficionados have pursuasive arguments as well. There's nothing like the fans and atmosphere at Lambeau Field or Arrowhead Stadium on Sundays in the late fall, or the animosity at Lincoln Financial Field when the Dallas Cowboys are in town for the Monday night game.

Along those same battle lines, we have pro vs. college in fantasy football, and Fantasy Check is asking you the readers to pick a winner. As the relative newcomer on the scene, college is the clear long shot in this tussle, but America loves an underdog, right?

We all know the merits of pro football fantasy. It's the reigning champion, with an estimated 20 million participants and growing, and it's an industry with an economic impact that exceeds Albert Haynesworth's contract.

As for fantasy college football, there's a virtually untapped market that could be set to grow rapidly.

"We get a lot of fan feedback for a fantasy CFB game and are seeing it as the next logical evolution for fantasy sports," Jason Waram, ESPN's vice president of fantasy sports, wrote in an e-mail.

But even Waram admitted the college game has a distance to go before it can compete with the pros.

"We feel good about it based on the demand and amount of feedback we get from fans who have asked about a fantasy CFB game, but don't expect it to become as popular as pro fantasy so quickly," he wrote. "We realize that the turnover of college football's star athletes is higher than the NFL, which is why we haven't set any lofty goals in our first year of doing this."

By Gene Wang  |  August 11, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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