and basically has everything that any 100k city has -- and in fact is a larger city than about 90% of the NCAA schools. I don't think any of the SEC schools play in a bigger city other than Vandy and UT.
This past year I was also surprised at how much has changed the past 5 or so years as I went to ND twice and trolled around town a bit more than the past 20 years where I stayed in Chicago and drove in/out for the game without looking at SB at all.
South Bend will never beat a true major city, but I am a bit amazed that it is considered below the other random small towns in the North where colleges are located. The South has weather as its only advantage -- and that's a big one even Chicago doesn't solve.