College football 2012: Why to love it or leave it

  • Updated: August 28, 2012 - 9:18 PM

FIVE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL

1. Gameday experience: Nothing better than fall Saturdays, tailgating, Victory Walks, 90,000-seat stadiums, marching bands, student sections, fight songs and so much more.

2. Rivalries: We love a good border battle and trophy game. Whether it is Texas-Oklahoma, Michigan- Ohio State, Gophers-Wisconsin or Tennessee-Alabama, a heated rivalry always gets fans worked into a frenzy.

3. Heisman Trophy: Still the coolest individual honor in sports.

4. Offensive fireworks: No lead is safe the way teams score in college football.

5. Rose Bowl: Put this on your bucket list. You won't regret it.

FIVE THINGS COLLEGE FOOTBALL COULD LIVE WITHOUT

1. Conference realignment: All the shuffling has made it difficult to keep track of who went where. Case in point: San Diego State joins the Big East next season, because nothing says East like San Diego.

2. BCS: Thankfully, we have only two more seasons under the current Bowl Championship Series system, which will be replaced by a four-team playoff in 2014.

3. Bowl game bonanza: Don't get us wrong. We love bowl games. Just not GoDaddy.com, Famous Idaho Potato and a few other third-tier bowls that result in overkill.

4. New-age uniforms: Some of the new color schemes -- hello, Maryland -- are just plain hideous. And do teams really need 12 different uniform combinations? Seriously, it's football, not Milan fashion week.

5. Recruiting rankings: Fans love this stuff and rankings do provide a general indicator of talent, but the star system receives way too much attention. Can anyone honestly distinguish a three-star recruit from a four-star?

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