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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 8:41am.
You can start to feel the fall in the air, and that doesn't just mean cooler weather ahead - it also means big time college football. Usually though we have to wait through the duldrums of the cupcake matchups through the first months before we can sit down and bunker down for the high drama matchups. But this year it's different.
Even though the season is only one week old, heading into week 2 we're getting a taste of some mid-season matchups as several 'big boys' face off this weekend in some Goliath vs. Goliath matchups. Take your pick. You have Florida State heading to Norman to take on Oklahoma. Miami visiting Ohio State after seeing their potential 2003 National Championship taken away at the hands of the Buckeyes. You have a classic matchup with new intrigue in Michigan vs. Notre Dame. And in my biased opinion, the marquee matchup of the week features the Penn State Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno heading to the land of Bear Bryant to take on Nick Saban and the nation's topped ranked team in Alabama.
The weather outside here in Wilmington will be nice enough for those outdoor plans Saturday - but if you're a college football fan, aren't you going to be glued in front of the set?
But I digress. I'm lucky enough to be headed off on the road as we speak to follow Penn State into Tuscaloosa. Needless to say, it will be my first time taking the trip to Bryant Denny Stadium in Alabama, so who knows what to expect? I'm hoping a great gameday tradition, with a great atmosphere, and a great upset of the nation's #1 team. (Hey, I can hope right?)
But to me College Football is only partly about the games. It's about the tailgating, the traditions, the atmosphere. It's hard to beat the atmosphere of college sports. The pageantry of a college football Saturday on a fall afternoon, or the intensity of a college basketball game in early March is something you just don't get in professional sports. Maybe it's the emotional attatchment of the students or the alumni, who feel like they are in some way 'part of the action' having gone to the school that makes it something special.
Anyway, as I'm about to head the road, I'm not only packing my jersey but also my poncho just in case. Looks like showers are possible Saturday night in Alabama. I wouldn't leave you without a weather forecast would I?
"As I say, we tried to remove the tusks. But they were emebedded so firmly we couldn't move them. Of course, in Alabama the Tuscaloosa, but that's entirely irrelephant to what I was talking about." - Groucho Marx
Enjoy your weekend.
By: Tim Buckley