Elevating college football to a suitable turn of significance in his tiny though absolute world, Bear Bryant once noted, “It’s kind of tough to convene around a math class.” And as if we indispensable reminding, a male operated during a time before outlandish concepts like “academic reform” and truth-in-scholarship limits.
Emotionally, however, not many has altered in a past several decades. For many, quite in a South, a opening of college football deteriorate this week is like finally being given clearway to slice a present hang off of a box that has been sitting in a corner, clearly taunting you, for 9 months.
“If we grew adult around here, a fad is one of those things that we mostly consider behind to, like poignant holidays,” pronounced Bill Curry, a 69-year-old Georgia State coach, who is entering a final deteriorate (we assume) of his career.
“You remember where we were for certain games. we still remember listening to Georgia Tech and Tennessee on a radio in 1956. This is my 58th time doing this as a player, manager or broadcaster. we consider a final time we had a Labor Day off was in 1954. we was in a seventh grade.”
This Labor Day weekend will see 124 games involving Division 1 teams (FBS and FCS). It starts Thursday when Georgia State opens opposite South Carolina State during a Georgia Dome, and South Carolina travels to Vanderbilt, an early SEC East Division measuring stick.
The parking lots surrounding a Georgia Dome will be like a 72-hour tailgate: There’s a Georgia State diversion on Thursday, Tennessee against North Carolina State on Friday and Clemson opposite Auburn on Saturday.
Georgia opens Saturday in Athens opposite Buffalo, a light yoga widen before subsequent week’s SEC opener during Missouri. Defending BCS champion and preseason No. 2 Alabama faces No. 8 Michigan Saturday night during Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The feast finally comes to an finish Monday night when Georgia Tech visits No. 16 Virginia Tech, simply a many formidable opener in manager Paul Johnson’s tenure.
Then there will be a few days for fans to redeem from their queso drop seizure before starting all over again in Week 2.
I’ve lived in Atlanta for 23 years. we never truly had a clarity for how critical college football was in these tools until relocating here from a apart universe (California) in 1989. we remember sitting on a MARTA train, withdrawal a airfield one Sunday morning after returning from an assignment, thinking, “Why are people articulate about a Tennessee game? And Auburn? And who cares about Clemson?”
I don’t consternation anymore. Every year it gets bigger. Too big? Probably. The significance of college football for so many is out of suit to a significance of academics and, well, genuine life. But there is a poignant fastening component in a tumble that zero else compares to. In that sense, Bryant was correct: Regardless of age, foe and socioeconomic level, we bond on a college football Saturday like we can’t over a math category – unless a curriculum includes perplexing to disintegrate a BCS formula.
It’s a poignant deteriorate for all 3 internal Division 1 teams. Georgia, by trait of a clever defense and a auspicious schedule, is a viewed favorite in a SEC East, that means it has a legitimate possibility to win a SEC title. That potentially puts a Bulldogs in a BCS picture. (Standard caveat: This is a common refrain in Athens. But a Missouri diversion should tell us something.)
Tech’s record in a past dual seasons (14-12 overall, 9-7 in ACC) hasn’t matched Johnson’s initial dual (20-7, 12-4), though a invulnerability should be softened and maybe we’ll even see a finished pass on occasion. The Yellow Jackets could be a dim equine in a ACC Coastal. But that expected would obligate upsetting Virginia Tech.
Curry’s goals are some-more modest: Just win. It’s year 3 of this start-up module and he would like to see a Panthers have some success before he moves into retirement and they pierce into a Sun Belt Conference subsequent year.
“We’ll be softened in each area,” he said. “But so is a competition, drastically. With all a hearts, we’ll have to play a courage out.”
It’s what we demeanour brazen to this time of year.
By Jeff Schultz
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