College Football Midseason Roundup: Overrated, Underrated, What It All Means

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College Football Midseason Roundup: Overrated, Underrated, What It All Means

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College Football Midseason Roundup: Overrated, Underrated, What It All Means


What It All Means: Midseason

Yeah, the powerhouses are back, and the sleeping giants are waking up.

College football is more fun when Tennessee is awesome. It just is.

The sport is more fun when USC is really good,

It’s more of a blast when Texas is playing like it’s on the verge of something great. It’s more exciting when Michigan is showing staying power, and Clemson can bounce back and be great, and LSU can be a quick turnaround under Brian Kelly.

The game could use it.

As conferences realign, move, merge, and do whatever they’re about to do next, the sport needs more than the usual powerhouse teams that might be brilliant, but have America wanting more.

I’m personally a fan of greatness and have no problem watching excellence, but my ears are still ringing from that one big yell across the country when that knuckleball from Tennessee kicker Chase McGrath went through.

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Oh sure, we still might get a College Football Playoff final four of Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, but it’s not a sure thing now. Even if it is that, they’re going to have to battle to get there.

But it’s not just about those four this year.

It’s about UCLA, who for some reason hasn’t been able to put it all together to be the consistent powerhouse it should be. Now it looks like it’s going to be amazing under Chip Kelly.

It’s about an Illinois program that’s in a great geographical location for recruiting, has a tough guy style that fits the base up in Chicago, and has a whole lot of things in place to become special.

It’s about the reemergence of Tennessee, and Washington, and Texas, and USC, and with Florida looking to be on the way back soon, and with an amazing coaching staff at Miami, and with Florida State starting to get going a bit, and …

More fan bases than ever are getting back into college football. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you the messages from Penn State, TCU, Tennessee, and yeah, Wake Forest fans who were more than happy to chirp it up.

The fans are more jacked, the games are more exciting, and – saying the quiet part out loud – there’s more interest thanks to easy betting.

There are more wild swings, unpredictable finishes, and more talented players and coaches than ever making it all happen.

It’s going to be even more fun over the second half.

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