Yesterday, our very own Dave White wrote about college hoops being better than college football. It struck a nerve and I felt the need to write my own opinion. However, instead of directly coming at Dave and telling him why I think he is wrong, I will simply state the case for the greatest sport in the world. The following proves why college football is better than every other sport out there.
1. Every game is crucial
Something that makes college hoops great is the fact that the postseason championship race is so incluscive. After the regular season, 68 teams have a shot to become the kings of the college basketball world. In college football, only 4 teams get that opportunity. They have about 13 games to prove their case. In hoops, they have a little more than 30 games. Evidently, a loss in hoops isn't killer since either winning a conference tourney or losing less than 9 games as a Power 5/Mid-Major gets you in the Big Dance. On Saturday, P5 team TCU lost its first game of the season, effectively ending their championship hopes. Teams in the SEC, such as Alabama, are incredibly fortunate since they can lose ONE whopping game before losing all hope of hoisting the crystal football. Simply put, there is a much smaller margin for error in football.
2. The Fans
Sure, college arenas are incredibly loud and rowdy, but 70,000>10,000. @NFL: show me 70,000 middle aged men jumping around for 2 minutes straight and then I'll be impressed.
3. The Entrances
No words needed.
Unrivaled game day experience.
"The Grove" - Ole Miss
The classic uniforms of the USC cheerleaders
The 12th Man - Texas A&M
5. Service Academies
6. Crazy stats!!
SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL!!!
Just to depict a few...
Even the Rutgers faithful got to experience this for the first time - Michigan
Better not let go of that beast! - Colorado
RUDY TOUCHED THAT - Notre Dame
Sooner Schooner - Oklahoma
IF ONLY THE GOSH DARN SCARLET KNIGHT WOULD THRUST HIS SWORD INTO THE TURF BEFORE RUTGERS GAMES!!!!!!! Chief Osceola - Florida State
It's all about the U, whether it's the classic smoke or Sebastian the Ibis with fire extinguishers. "The Smoke" - Miami
"The most exciting 25 seconds in college football" - Clemson
8. HAIL MARY
Sure, the NFL has had it's fair share of answered prayers, but every other sport can't say they have this:
9. WE HAVE MARCHING BANDS
S/O to OtB reader ZuzuRU for creating that awesome video!
And now for some more awesome marching band displays:
And of course...
10. TRICK PLAYS
If any Michigan fans are seeing this... sorry... but I had to.
The Bottom Line
I obviously can't cover every single sport in one article, but give me any sport and I'll take College Football every time. There is just something about the sport that sucks you in and keeps you hooked for life. There is no other sport I could sit on my couch and watch from noon until the 10:30pm games wrap up around 2am. That's right, I can (and have done so) watch college football for 14 hours straight. If there is a testament to how great college football is, just think of how many Rutgers fans still watch the Scarlet Knights week after week given the state they are in. It truly brings out the loyalty in all of us.