by Eric Fulton
College football is officially back in session tomorrow night. Now that the Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) is in year two of their College Football Playoff, every game truly matters. There are plenty of storylines to follow. Although, I am pretty sure many sports fans who love the sport have been thinking about all of this since Ohio State won the National Championship in January.
Speaking of the Buckeyes, will they repeat? They are the unanimous number one team in the country playing three different quarterbacks at about the same time. They also have the best coach in college football, Urban Meyer, who was once an SEC title winning coach.
Speaking of the SEC, they have not won a national championship in a couple of years after dominating the previous seven years. Will Nick Saban and Alabama get back to the championship game? How about Auburn? They were in the final BCS championship game two years ago. How about LSU or will someone else surprise the college football world and help the SEC become the best conference in college football once again?
ESPN, who spends a lot of time talking about college football has a question they ask during their promos of college football, “Who’s in?” What they are referring to is who will be the four teams vying for this year’s National Championship? Yes, fans will say Ohio State or Alabama. Could the Big 12 have either TCU or Baylor in the final four after being shut out last year? Will the Pac-12 have a team make it? Oregon? USC? Stanford? Me personally, I love Arizona State and I think they have a shot as the dark horse team.
Last year, the Cinderella of college football was Mississippi State. The Bulldogs began as an unranked team and then went all the way to number one. Although, they did not finish the year as number one, they still were able to capture the heart of the country. Who will be that team in 2015? Arkansas? Tennessee? Perhaps another team that flies out of nowhere, comes in and tries to shock the college football world?
Plus, what is more exciting than the fact so many teams look promising entering the season is that we don’t have players like Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston who steal the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Speaking of two former Heisman winners, who will win this year’s Heisman? Maybe their play on the field will grab the attention of voters and fans than their acts off the field. I think this is the year someone we may not know well now will win it.
I believe college football at the peak of its game is better than the NFL. And the thing is players in college are doing this for free while still getting an education. So I love the fact that college football is back in our lives. I think 2015 will be a wild and crazy football season that all sports fans will indeed remember.