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?