This upcoming weekend is traditionally the start of the college football season for all teams (although a handful start before in Week 0), There will still be a few games this weekend and all teams who are playing this fall are set to roll out over the month of September. So the question for this week will be: Will you be watching college football this season? If so, what team will you be rooting for in lieu of the Mountain West team?
Alex: Of course I will be watching college football this year, hopefully it gets to be a full season. While I will be happy there is something to watch on Saturday, I will also feel a sense of sadness because I will have to wait for the Marcus Arroyo era to begin at UNLV, in their brand new stadium. But, it will make it that much sweeter when it does happen. One team I will be rooting for is Virginia Tech. My dad is from Virginia and I always root for the Hokies, especially given UNLV’s record this century.
Aside from that, I want full anarchy and chaos. I will be rooting for all the underdogs and a season full of upsets. I will be rooting for someone other than Alabama and Clemson to be at the top of the rankings. I want teams with multiple losses to make the College Football Playoff. What I will be rooting for the hardest is for the American Athletic Conference to make a run at the playoff. I want an undefeated, or multiple undefeated, Group of Five schools this year to try and make a run at the College Football Playoff. This season is already going to have an asterisk beside it, so why not have the wackiest college football season in history?
Zach: I’m going to be honest, I got rid of cable so I won’t be watching many games. It causes a lot of pain to see these teams playing. I’m sure I will tune in to some of the nationally televised games, maybe in hope of someone new rising to national prominence. I’m still skeptical of a full season happening and if so, it is going to be tainted by key players missing games.
It’s college football, I’ll be watching. But I likely won’t be glued to the TV like I would be otherwise. Week 1 Saturday (aka tomorrow) I would traditionally watch football for 14 hours straight, from first game to last. I likely won’t do that this year, but I still plan to watch a few games.
Anyway, outside of the Mountain West, I follow Wisconsin the most. Without Big Ten football, there are no Badgers. I don’t see myself adopting a team this year, so I’ll just watch the games as they come, for however long they are playing them.
I’ll be watching, but with less enthusiasm since my Falcons don’t plan to play much right now. Of course I’ll be watching Army and Navy, and probably a lot of AAC games. My second and third favorite conferences, the Big 10 and the PAC 12, won’t be playing either, so that’s a downer. It will be fun to at least see teams that are making an effort to overcome the adversity of living in the era of COVID.
If football is on television then I’m going to be watching it, but I am not vested in the outcome. Most games that I usually watch during the college football season are Mountain West games, big marquee matchups, or games where the outcome potentially affects Boise State in one way or another. This season two of those three reasons have been eliminated. So, I’ll watch some of the big dogs, but I’m not sure how much I’ll care. Heck, maybe I’ll adopt a team for the fall? I need football back in my life!
It is disappointing to come to the reality that football is truly being played now and is moving on without the conferences that decided to opt out, however I like to focus on more of the positive than the negative. Football is still being played this fall and that’s good enough for me. Weeks 1 and 2 don’t really have a lot of marquee matchups but watch out for week 3, which has Houston and Memphis on a Friday night, UCF at Georgia Tech and Virginia vs Virginia Tech among other solid matchups. There are still good matchups to watch so college football will still have at least a little bit of an excitement level.