Labor Day weekend has quickly become college football weekend. Beginning on Thursday and continuing through Labor Day college football rules the airwaves and the internet. For those who do not know, I absolutely love college football. It is, without any sport remotely close, my favorite sport. It offers to most excitement and most teams to watch in one weekend. College football (Division 1 anyways, I refuse to call it the Football Bowl Division) also currently offers one of the longest and most divisive arguments in America. Playoff system or bowl system? No matter where you fall on this argument college football is still the best sport out there. In college football there are no players whining about the millions they are being paid not being enough. They may whine about other things but not having to listen to those complaints is nice.
Opening weekend is a bit bittersweet as most of our favorite teams are playing cupcakes to warm up for the season. The only time it is bad on the first weekend is if your favorite team struggles or loses (Michigan losing to Appalachian State, a team from a lower division, is the biggest example) to a cupcake.
The beginning of the college football season offers every fan even the slimmest glimmers of hope of their team winning the National Championship. Most teams fall out of that discussion after the first week but it is nice to dream anyways.
This season is one of the most wide open seasons in recent memory. Everyone (almost everyone anyways) expects Alabama to win the National Championship this year but they are having to replace the best defense from a year ago. Florida, who is always near the top of discussion, is replacing perhaps their best quarterback in their history. If today's game was any indication it could be a long season for the Gators. Their defense looked good but their offense looked absolutely lost at times on the field.
Then there are the other teams that almost always get championship talk at the beginning of the year, Ohio State. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas. Then of course there are the non-BCS teams Boise State and TCU. If Boise State beats Virginia Tech on Monday night they will have the inside track to the National Championship game.
This is also the last year of the Big XII as we know it. Colorado and Nebraska both bolt for new conferences at the end of the year. The big question is; can Nebraska win the Big XII in their last year. Their conference schedule is definitely in their favor with their biggest game (Texas) at home and not having to play Oklahoma.
This college season should be one for the ages. Could there be any surprise teams like in years past (anyone on Arkansas)? Time will only tell.