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College Football is America’s sport. There. I said it. Pro football can try to make the claim, but, other than church, they own Sunday. Sunday has a different feel than Saturday. There was a Seinfeld episode where a character named George discussed the different days of the week and the way they felt. Saturday had a feel, Sunday had a different feel and Tuesday did not have a feel. Perhaps George was thinking of College Football when he was describing Saturday’s feel. In the 1950s and 1960s, baseball was America’s sport, but that time has long past. Too many games at too slow of a pace has rendered baseball largely irrelevant to anyone under the age of 40.

College Football also got some outside help when the large all sports network launched in 1979. Starved for programming and not wanting to broadcast slo-pitch softball in prime time, the rights to several conference’s games were purchased. I remember the ACC the most, but I believe the SEC and the Big Ten were also broadcast. Again in the late 1990s, when the network was at a crossroads and facing increased competition, executives doubled down on the sport and went all-in. Now, the pre-game show starts early Saturday morning and games are on several platforms through the completion of the last Pac Twelve or Hawaii home game. In addition, the network owns the rights to the College Football Playoff and owns many smaller bowl games outright.

This all-in wager would not have happened if the landscape was not already established. People love to spend Saturday’s pinning College Football to their center. Whether it is tailgating at a game site, grilling on your patio with several games on or attending that Saturday night neighborhood get-together, people love College Football. It’s amazing to me how many people root for schools they did not attend. I know people that graduated from a school that root for another school, even a rival.

Phil Steele has become a national celebrity because of College Football. His annual preview magazine is the best I’ve ever seen. I buy it every year. I know it comes out right around father’s day. One year, my wife picked it up for me and I had already bought one. I took it back to the bookstore and the clerk said, “I’ll gladly take this back, because I know I’ll sell it.” The clerk went on to tell me the store sells out in just a few days. Now, like most hard core fans, I pre-purchase it through Phil’s website and have it sent to my house.

The ritual starts each year toward the end of June, when I read Phil’s preview and start to think about College Football. Activity heats up in August when teams start practice schedules. The end of August starts the games, with Labor Day weekend being the big kickoff. I viewed Labor Day with disdain as a kid, because it coincided with the end of summer and the start of school. I now look forward to the holiday, because it starts College Football. This weekly ritual continues through the week after Thanksgiving, when the Conference Championship games are played. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is filled with three daily bowl games. Ultimately, the National Championship game is played the week after New Year’s. Then, College Football goes into hibernation and we can all resume our weekend lives.

My apologies to those of you who can get motivated for the intra-squad spring games. I see this as nothing more than televised practice. If I change the channel, maybe I can find someone mowing their lawn. Good for you for tuning in during April for one weekend.

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College Football Playoff Rankings.

Free sports scores, lines and picks at

Goldsheet, America's No. 1 Sports Handicappers for over four decades.

Phil Steele's website.

ESPN's website.


Fox Sports.

NBC Sports.

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