There are a number of places that claim to be the birthplace of the game of football. This being Connecticut Magazine, we are going to go ahead and say the invention of the modern game was in New Haven, when New Britain native, Yale player and “father of American football” Walter Camp put order on a disorderly version of the game played up until that point. His intervention produced many of the rules we think of as central to the game today: the downs system, the snap, the line of scrimmage, and 11 players on each side.

It’s September, which means football season is here. And there’s still a humble, scrappy version of the game played on college campuses across the state. Most of the players will never play in the NFL, but their games are imbued with local character and tradition. Here’s our list of places to watch.

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UConn at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (University of Connecticut Huskies, East Hartford)

Home of UConn, Connecticut’s only Division I football school, “the Rent” holds a special place in the hearts of many. It’s been a difficult few seasons for the Huskies, but the return of head coach Randy Edsall after a seven-year self-imposed exile has Husky fans hoping for brighter tomorrows. UConn has produced numerous NFL players, and hopes to do so in the future. Opened in 2003, the Rent is the state’s most modern football facility, sporting club seats and private suites, among other amenities. More than 40,000 can fit in the stadium, although that ballooned to nearly 43,000 when UConn hosted Michigan in 2013. Home opener: Holy Cross, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. 860-486-6411, uconnhuskies.com/football

Andrus Field (Wesleyan University Cardinals, Middletown)

Located right in the heart of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Andrus Field touts itself as the oldest continuously used football field in America. Games have been played on the field since the early 1880s, when Wesleyan played against the Ivies on a regular basis. Today its main rival is the Trinity Bantams. In more recent times, Andrus Field has been home to football royalty: Five-time Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick played center and tight end on the field in the early 1970s. Home opener: Tufts, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. 860-685-2690, athletics.wesleyan.edu/sports/fball

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Ralph F. Dellacamera Stadium, West Haven

Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium (University of New Haven Chargers, West Haven)

DellaCamera Stadium has one of the most unique fields in the state: the Chargers are one of only a handful of teams across the country to play on a non-green field. The blue-and-gold gridiron at the UNH campus in West Haven is a must-see for any true football fan in the state. Like a good cross-town rivalry? The Chargers are just across the West River from Southern Connecticut State University. Home opener: LIU Post, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. 203-932-7357, newhavenchargers.com/index.aspx?path=football

Westside Athletic Complex (Western Connecticut State University Colonials, Danbury)

The Colonials play at the Westside Athletic Complex (the WAC! Great name), and are in Division III of the NCAA. The roster is truly a showcase of homegrown talent, as the vast majority of the players are from Connecticut. A look at the hometowns and high schools of the players reveals what is likely the most Nutmegger-heavy roster in the state. Home opener: Plymouth St., Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. 203-837-9015, wcsuathletics.com/sports/fball

Arute Field (Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils, New Britain)

Two of CCSU’s games will be available this year on ESPN3 (at Youngstown St. on Sept. 16 and at Sacred Heart on Sept. 30). The Blue Devils are also squaring off against some big teams this season, kicking off the schedule at Syracuse on Sept. 1, and hosting the Ivy League’s Penn for their homecoming game on Oct. 7. Home opener: Fordham, Sept. 9 at noon 860-832-2583, ccsubluedevils.com/sports/fball

Jess Dow Field (Southern Connecticut State University Owls, New Haven)

Want to catch some football in New Haven but don’t want to deal with the Yale crowds? In the town-gown divide that has shaped New Haven for centuries, the Bulldogs are gown, and the Owls are town. The Owls’ roster is replete with kids from the Greater New Haven area. Southern hosts cross-town rival UNH on Sept. 29 at its Westville campus. Home opener: Gannon University, Sept. 2 at noon 203-392-6028, southernctowls.com/index.aspx?path=football

Jessee/Miller Field (Trinity Bantams, Hartford)

Trinity College is gorgeous. Beautiful buildings dot the campus, located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. The football field sits right at the middle. In the lush oasis of the campus, you would almost forget you were in Connecticut’s capital city, and not some small country town in the Litchfield Hills or the Berkshires. The Bantams host rival Wesleyan on Nov. 11. Home opener: Colby, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. 860-297-2000, bantamsports.com/sports/fball

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Yale Bowl’s capacity exceeds 60,000, making it the largest venue in the state.

Yale Bowl (Yale University Bulldogs, New Haven)

If you’re a college football fan, you know what a bowl game is. “Bowl” is derived from Yale Bowl, the crown jewel of Connecticut’s stadiums. When it was built in 1914, Yale Bowl was the biggest stadium in the world, for a team which played in the most important football league there was, the Ivy League. (Remember, there was no NFL in 1914.) It was the AT&T Stadium — the Dallas Cowboys’ monstrous new home — of its day. With a capacity over 60,000, it remains our state’s largest venue. While it has seen better days (we think it criminal that there aren’t more non-Yale events held there), it is still a remarkable historical experience to see a game there. The season’s big event arrives Nov. 18 when the Bulldogs welcome bitter rival Harvard at 12:30 p.m. Home opener: Cornell, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. 203-432-1400, yalebulldogs.com/sports/m-footbl

Cadet Memorial Field (Coast Guard Bears, New London)

Want to take in a service academy rivalry, but can't make it to the Army-Navy game? Then head to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the annual Division III Secretaries Cup, pitting our Coast Guard Academy against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In a beautiful coastal setting overlooking the Thames River, the artificial turf field honors all cadets who have died at sea or on duty. It's also the only football venue in the state that every few years hosts the sitting president to deliver the commencement address. President Donald Trump did so in May, while President Barack Obama spoke here in 2015. Home opener: Alfred State, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. 860-444-8600, uscgasports.com/sports/fball