“Every week can change the season”
That’s one slogan that plays over and over on ESPN during college football commercials, and it’s right!
Besides learning more with each game, seeing the excitement of the teams and the fans, and watching some crazy plays, I think the thing I love most about college football is you really have no clue what’s going to happen in any given game.
There are never guarantees.
Ranked teams lose to unranked teams in crazy upsets.
Undefeated teams lose to teams who haven’t won once the entire season…or over multiple seasons.
Nothing is completely known or predictable. And that is where the real excitement comes in.
Your team could come into the season with all kinds of hype and expectations, ranked in the top 5, and start the season off with a loss.
Teams that have never had their name in the top 25 are suddenly ranked in the top 15 in the country.
Wherever there is a perfect throw or running play, there is a defense that can completely stop it with an interception or forcing a fumble.
The offense and defense are trying to stop each other, and this battle on the field causes some plays that are so exciting and game-changing…it often shocks you.
Those rankings are changing every week because everything else is changing, as well. Teams that have done great all season can drop 10 spots in the rankings from one loss, and that change reflects on every other team, the rest of the schedule, and yet the next weekend can do the same thing.
Watching an interception happen when the receiver has no idea it’s coming or seeing someone return a punt for a touchdown, just weaving in between people and breaking tackles…those are the plays that get you off the couch or the chair or the barstool.
Those are the plays that make football what it is – and the crazier thing?
That very momentum that comes from breaking up a pass or dropping a running back for a loss can swing from one team to the other in a second. And that momentum in a game is often what decides who wins and who doesn’t.
Games this weekend! Seriously – this has to be one of the most exciting football weekends so far. There are so many good games on, and most of them are ones that WILL change the season.
8:00 PM ET Pittsburgh at Rutgers ESPN
12:00 PM ET No. 20 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Texas ABC *Red River Rivalry Game
12:00 PM ET No. 11 Iowa at Wisconsin ESPN
3:30 PM ET Arkansas at No. 1 Florida CBS
3:30 PM ET No. 6 USC at No. 25 Notre Dame NBC
3:30 PM ET Minnesota at No. 14 Penn State ABC
3:30 PM ET Texas Tech at No. 15 Nebraska ABC
3:30 PM ET California at UCLA ABC
3:30 PM ET North Carolina State at Boston College ABC
6:00 PM ET No. 4 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Georgia Tech ESPN2
7:45 PM ET No. 22 South Carolina at No. 2 Alabama ESPN
9:15 PM ET Missouri at No. 16 Oklahoma State ESPN2
And for those of you who could care less about football (for shame!), here’s my lunch ;)
I brought the last of my split pea soup with lots of leftover broccoli added to it and some blue corn chips to dip.
And a local apple to finish it off.
Make your picks in the comments!
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?