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Why college football sucks (and isn’t a real sport)

Wildcat Willie mascot runs on the field. Photo taken by The US Army

College football is a mind numbing pointless time sinker. All sports are competitions and a competition is meant to determine a freakin’ winner. In other words, you can point to a single person/team as triumphant over the rest.

Now quickly answer the following questions:

Who won the NBA championship in 2010?
Mavericks.
Who was the best professional baseball team last year?
Phillies.
Who took it all last year in professional football?
The Packers.

Hey, you’re pretty good.

And now, which college football team is last year’s best?
LSU? Miami Gators? the Dolphins? You don’t know?
Fine. What is the name of the college championship game… its NFL Superbowl equivalent?
Nacho ball? Fiesta bowl? The BCS national championship?
What is this BCS?
It’s the ranking system colleges use to see who is facing who.

Basically, after college football teams complete their schedule, their record determines their ranking, which determines their opponent.

Oh wait, but sometimes a team’s history affects their rankings.

So leading to the BCS National Championship, is there a playoffs?
Well, the thing is the college system is weird in that…

All right. Just stop. So, you’re telling me there isn’t even a way for colleges to battle each other and determine a winning team. Not only that but you can still lose based on your rankings?

Can you imagine this working on the NFL regular season?

This whole BCS seems more complicated than it is and there’s no reason to concern myself as to why that is. Why should I, as a football fan, care about internal college politics? Do people ask “Why doesn’t this radio work?” No, they throw it out and love for an alternative. (After throwing the garbage of a merchandise to the seller)

If universities can’t set up a serious and competent system for college football teams to compete, what’s the point of following the games?

Well, you can root for your college. Yeah, school spirit!
College did shizzle for me. And what are you… a cheerleader?

You may ask “but why does that stop you from just watching games and enjoying college games?

College football, and sports in general, is a long story leading all teams to a bitter conflict and struggle to prove superiority. Each fan has a flicker of hope that this will be the year their team will best represent them and take it all the way.

And only a decisive victory, or loss, will tie all the loose ends to this story.

I don’t know about you but I’m a simple person. What better way to determine a victor than with a playoffs forcing each college team to win to continue.

Now, there maybe other reasons to dislike college football and not to watch like

  • horrendous college bands
  • each conference has their own officials
  • three week hiatus in December when college football disappears

but the core complaint remains: There is no real form of competition going on in college football.

At this point, as far as I’m concerned, college football is nothing more than a football farm for the NFL.

Photo credit: The U.S. Army

I don't know. Sometimes it feels like my writing & thoughts are way off. Who knows if it'll help anyone or if it means anything.

Written by Ben

  1. Jeff says:

    I feel your pain for how stupid college football’s lack of a playoff is. However, you seem to be going a bit far with this. Sure, that part of college football sucks and, sure, college football IS mainly just a farm for the NFL (just as high school football is just a farm for college, and pop warner a farm for high school), but within conferences there is a lot of competition and college football certainly is a real sport. The problem is there is little competition *across* different conferences except for the 1-game bowl games that prove little. I agree that the hiatus sucks too, and so do the marching bands, but for every crappy band there are a ton of hot cheerleaders that are, on average, much younger than NFL cheerleaders. That has to count for something? 🙂

    • Ben says:

      Sure, lots of conference competition but come on, don’t you want to stand up and tell that annoying neighbor “haha you suck. My team IS the best” haha

      This is the way I look at this college mess:

      So you win your coference. Big deal! There’s like more than 15 conferences! That’s at least 15 “champions” every year.

      Kinda makes each one of them less special doesn’t it? Who can really brag?

      So, in the end, each “champion” ends up staring and just acknowledging each other.

      Come on. That’s not a sport! Who’s the real college football winner? Let them freakin’ play and battle it out. I want a good old knock out. Just imagine if you had the same thing with the NFL this year: Broncos, Steelers, Packers, etc all champions of their side and not taking it to the end between themselves. It’s like some form of cockblock ha

      Cheerleaders? No comment :p

    • Urmil says:

      I play this game at least 8 hours a day.not that im a loser.let me just go on ..the flaws in this game he didnt mention1.Good luck stnpoig qb sneaks 4 inchs2.based on all Offense hard to keep game under 20 points.3.Making prospects go to ur school (tough)eh4.Not being able to mute players!!!! (stupid)5.Cant get updates changing the bcs rankingsuck ass shit. i can tell you that more than half of the team arent even ranked

  2. bbl1 says:

    Great article and valid points. College football is much more “pro wrestling” than it is any sort of competition. The fan’s favorite teams are given an arbitrary rank at the beginning of each football season and the biased sports media promote the popular programs as the best schools in the nation. There is definately a profit motive at work in college football when decisions on who to rank and promote is considered ( if you really can’t tell who’s the best team you may as well consider the most popular teams the best because those teams bring the big ratings and ticket sales ). It almost makes one not want to watch anymore ( unless you like watching the same results and hearing the same media narrative year after year ).

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