College Football is Back.
The return of the college football season could not be at such a perfect time. Exactly two weeks before the arrival of the NFL regular season. Now, the integrity, passion, grit, and perseverance of college athletes is finally back on the gridiron. Will Ohio State repeat as National Champs again? And this is the same team with the greatest problem to have at quarterback, with nearly 3 Heisman candidates competing for the same starting job. Whom also has Ezekial Elliot in the backfield who obliterated the Oregon Ducks in multiple ways, shedding tackles just like they weren’t even making contact towards him.
Now, we are anxiously anticipating the expanded 8-team playoff this season in early January. It had previously consisted of four teams, but was only intended as a trial run to see how it turned out. (Look up TV ratings for those games, Bama vs. Ohio State, etc.)
Can Al Golden lead the Hurricanes to their first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship? If not, this will most likely be his last year as their head coach.
Will the Crimson Tide rebound after last year’s stunning loss to the Buckeyes in the National Championship Playoff Semifinal? Nick Saban will always be able to orchestrate an elite championship team, but as of late seem to somehow lose once per season. And this pivotal loss continues to hinder a national title bid. Their last national championship appearance came in 2012, when they defeated the Fighting Irish, 42-14. Alabama allowed 327 yards per game last year (most since 2007 under Nick Saban). In Saban’s ninth year as coach, can he put a halt to three consecutive seasons without a title appearance?
The most exciting thing about college football is a team’s ability to surprise us all, an inevitable sleeper. Storytelling upsets are bound to happen, which overwhelmingly plunder a team’s title chances in a heartbeat. You can’t predict them or stop them from occurring.
A truly professing concern that never fails to occur: teams like TCU, Baylor, Boise State, and Louisiana Tech (or any other team you might say). They seem to always miss the opportunity to play in a pivotal game. It used to be the Bowl Championship Series Committee that made this determination. Now, it is under new leadership: the College Football Playoff Committee. With the expansion from four teams to eight, it should provide a more efficient system of permitting the best teams to participate.
However, one problem will still persist and plague its effectiveness: why should a team be ranked considerably high if they won’t even be able to play in a pivotal game? If TCU is not worthy of being ranked #3, don’t even include them in the discussion to begin with. So, a title-contending team is put in position to missed out time after time. All for what, since their resume doesn’t stack up towards another team from a different conference? They can’t control their strength of schedule, all TCU is asked to do is win against their intended matchup. They’re far more teams that fall in this bubble, but we’ll see who in this conversation this year.
So, this season will not disappoint with excitement throughout the year. Let the games begin!