The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Bill Bowman

November 29, 2011

Why I love (and hate) college football

I love college football. And I hate college football.

I love college football because there's nothing like an absolutely clear crisp October day sitting in the bleachers with your family watching your school, one you hope will become your kid's school.

I hate college football because of conference realignment. Can someone explain to me how West Virginia is heading to the Big 12 and Missouri is going to the Southeastern Conference? Look at a map people. Oh, and how come the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Big 10 has 12? Even my six-year old daughter thinks that's stupid.

I love college football because of rivalries. Harvard-Yale. Army-Navy. Lehigh-Lafayette. Michigan-Ohio State. Stanford-Cal.

I hate college football because of the BCS. What other sport gives the team that lost (Alabama) a better chance of making the national title game than the team that won (LSU)?

I love college football because of the BCS. Admit it, most seasons it does work out, the two best teams usually play for the title. Remember the days of No. 1 Nebraska going to the Orange Bowl and No. 2 Penn State going to the Rose Bowl? That stunk too.

I hate college football because too many teams play during the week now (that means you Virginia Tech). College football is played on Saturday. Period.

I love college football because of tailgating all day long ... and into the night.

I hate college football because of message boards. Did you hear Urban Meyer bought a house in Boalsburg? Yes he did, I read it online. That means it's true.

I love college football because of the Heisman Trophy. Great college players don't always translate into great professional players, but I don't care. I love watching guys like Charlie Ward and Eric Crouch.

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