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College Football Makes For More Interesting Viewing

By Chris Lin

This past weekend of college football was full of big games, upsets, and high drama all around. And it just goes to prove that watching college football over the NFL gives you more value for your entertainment dollar.

In the NFL, the bottom line is win, and agents, owners, and Dave Shula only take away from the fact that these are the best football players on Earth. In college, the money is under the table, the fans are more into the game, and anything can happen on a Saturday.

Northwestern barely won again last week, and they have won their last four games by a total of 10 points. While they merit respect, they should not be feared in any way. I point this out because the announcer for the Ohio State-Iowa game this weekend declared Ohio State was lucky they did not "have to play" Northwestern this year. Get real.

But that is the appeal of college football - the speculation and the contrast between the hundreds of teams. Northwestern has already made one team's season - when they lost a 2413 lead - to lose to Wake Forest 2827. In the process, they raked up their first loss and gave WakeForest one of their few wins. In college, teams can take pride in a season even if they win one or do not win it all.

Sometimes that gets lost if you are a Buckeye, Gator, or Volunteer follower. And while I refuse to give Northwestern top 10 respect because they seem to just barely win every game they play against anyone, their games could be watched just for their pure entertainment value. But I will shower the purple and black with all the respect they deserve if they survive the next two weeks at Penn State and Iowa. We'll see.

This weekend weeded out two of the championship pretenders in my opinion, Alabama and the more obvious West Virginia. Both have not played any meaningful opponent yet this season. The two are no longer undefeated, but they both have pretty cool uniforms.

Wyoming is the only team still soaking it in in terms of dreamland. We'll see. They have yet to play anyone of any merit. However, Wyoming does have a tough schedule ahead against the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Fresno State, and Iowa State. Wait, I'm thinking basketball

So college football has its final four already set for the most part. Florida and Florida State is already a semifinal game, happening Nov. 30. It is also possible another semifinal will take place Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl between Arizona State and Ohio State. Too bad there won't be a final. Then again, Ohio State could lose to Michigan, Indiana, MIT get the picture?

So college football may have multiple undefeated teams claiming the national championship, it may have none. Until Jan. 2, all we can do is listen to talk about it and avoid our problems sets.

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Volume 116, Number 54.
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