There has never been a year that the college football season could not have started any sooner.
After all the turmoil this offseason, we can finally turn the page and go wild for our favorite college football team. Aug. 30 will be the first time you can turn on a TV for college football and won’t see the Jerry Sandusky case, Joe Paterno’s epic fall from hero to villain or the sanctions on Penn State football.
What matters most about the upcoming season is that actually football will be happening. Young athletes everywhere will be strapping on their pads once again and fighting to become the nations best team.
It is sickening that the Sandusky sex trial took away the excitement of an upcoming season. After the mighty Penn State came crashing down, along with beloved coach, Joe Paterno, we all thought the controversy was over in college football.
We were wrong.
Stars such as LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu, Auburn’s Michael Dyer, Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell and Florida State’s Greg Reid were all kicked off their team. Yes, we will all miss you Honey Badger, but drug rehab is clearly the right move.
Notre Dame’s starting quarterback Tommy Rees and Clemson’s Heisman candidate receiver, Sammy Watkins, were both suspended to begin the season. We need the season to begin.
Despite a troubling offseason, expect an exciting season. College football is loaded with talent and huge story-lines this year.
It’s the year of the quarterback once again.
We have all sorts of dazzling quarterbacks worth watching: USC’s Matt Barkley, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Florida State’s EJ Manuel, Arkansas Tyler Wilson, Alabama’s AJ McCarron, West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas. Yes, I’m excited.
Will the SEC dominate again and be crowned champions for a seventh straight year?
They have hands down been considered the best conference in college football for quite some time now and has reloaded once again. With the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, the SEC’s championship streak will be hard to break. I see up to four SEC teams that can win it all and four players that are Heisman hopefuls.
LSU will certainly miss the game-changing plays of Tyrann Mathieu, but LSU will be just fine. With defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo terrorizing quarterbacks, the team will be right in the hunt for the championship.
The rejuvenated USC that can bring back the old Trojan dominance, will be fun to watch. The AP No. 1 team has a serious chance of ending the SEC’s championship streak.
Receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee give Matt Barkley the most lethal combination in all of college football. Barkley came back for his senior season for one reason; to win a national championship.
I want to see if Notre Dame can be Notre Dame again? Can Texas be Texas again? Will Alabama repeat? Will Barkley’s quest for a championship happen?
Is there life at Stanford after Andrew Luck? Or at Baylor without Robert Griffin III?
All these questions matter and we all need to see the result. They matter because they are real and they are football, not a court room.
It doesn’t matter if you are watching South Alabama or the University of Georgia. It’s football and it’s finally here.
Mark your calendars for Aug. 30 and expect an exciting season, but mostly expect the unexpected this college football season.