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This is the thread where we talk about College Football. Tebow be praised.
College Football is a sport contested between teams fielded (primarily) by American universities and colleges. In a match, or "game", as they are known, two teams alternate attempts at moving an oblong spheroid, called the "football", down the pitch, or "field", towards a goal scoring area, called the "end zone". "Points" are awarded according to the manner in which the goal is scored. At the end of a regulation game, the team with the most points wins.
A more complete discussion of the rules of "College Football" is available here
The most popular kind of College Football is called FBS -- meaning Football Bowl Subdivision. You may remember it as Division 1-A. A summary of the upcoming 2009 FBS season follows. Taylor Mays is listening.
Rather than copy and paste a patently stupid top 25 list which is sure to be demolished by week 3, I will briefly summarize the season outlooks of the "contenders" for the National title. Colt McCoy is ready.
University of Florida
The defending BCS National Champions return 20 starters, including 11 on defense. They have a Heisman trohpy winner in Tim Tebow, a top-3 Middle Linebacker in Brandon Spikes and a joke of a schedule. The only games in which the Gators could conceivably be favored by fewer than ten are a visit to Baton Rouge and the Cocktail Party with Georgia. The SEC championship game should be interesting, featuring a rematch of A) the LSU or Arkansas game, B) Last year's SEC championship with Alabama or C) the Gators lone 2008 defeat at the hands of Ole Miss.
University of Oklahoma
Last year's BCSNG runner-up returns 9 starters from a defense that, while mediocre on paper, stood relatively tall against the withering offenses of the Big 12 south. The Sooners also return the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Sam Bradford, and electric running back Demarco Murray. One major question is the status of the offensive line, which lost 4 starters from an immensely experience unit. The schedule provides some interesting games: The neutral site opener against an always-game BYU squad and a road trip to a young-but-talented Miami squad in the non-conference, with trips to Kansas, Texas Tech, and Nebraska as well as the highly anticipated Red River Shootout with Texas in-conference.
University of Texas
No player in the nation is as important to his team as Colt McCoy. Aside from his absurd passing stats (34 TD – 8 INT; 3859 yds; 76.7% comp.*). McCoy was also the Horns’ leading rusher, running for 561 yards and 11 TD. McCoy was best in the biggest games, passing at an 80% clip against Oklahoma, 90% against a highly rated (at the time) Missouri team, and 414 yards against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, including a game winning TD drive with just over 2 minutes to play. The only blip was at Texas Tech, when McCoy went for a measly 294 yards at 58%, and accounted for TDs on all three of Texas’ final drives, including the would-be game winner with 5 minutes left.
University of Southern California
The Trojans lose key starters at Quarterback and Linebacker, but return All-American safety/cyborg Taylor Mays, a stable of proven runningbacks including Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight, and most of an already veteran offensive line. Moreover, Pete Carroll is the only coach in college football who recruits like he's playing NCAA Football 2005 -- just 3 players on USC's 2-deep roster were rated fewer than 4 stars. The main storylines will be the Quarterback battle between Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain and Matt Barkley and the Trojan's potentially brutal road schedule, featuring trips to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cal, Oregon and Arizona State.
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What do you think of college footbal? Does [your team] suck as bad as [pundit] says it does? Will [conference other than your school's] prove itself to be completely overrated, once again? Will Tim Tebow ascend to heaven directly after winning the BCSNCG, or will he stick around for autographs?
A final note: this is my first OP, so please be merciful.