Twas the Week Before Kickoff and All Through the Land...
Twas a week before kickoff and all through the land
College football fanatics were way out of hand
Eight months had transpired with no gridiron action
The pause weighed heavy for some of this faction
The tease of predictions, commentary, and rankings
Made the length of this hiatus even more everlasting
But then came June, then July, finally August!
Did it seem as if this summer was the longest?
To ease the suffering and to pass the time
We sat at our desks with our teams on our mind
Dreaming and hoping that our boys play their best
For titles and championships are the ultimate quests
But part of the spectacle is the anticipation
The buildup of passion through debate, conversation
The words we read, from all points of view
Praise some, question most, and skewer a few
The Mighty Gators it seems, are tops on the list
But Dawgs, and Tigers, and Elephants insist
That claims of this nature are best left alone
Until the final whistle is blown at the Dome
Out in the west there are Ducks and Bears
Eager to prove that the crown should be theirs
But down in LA the Trojans all claim
That the Pac-10 title is their private domain
Over on the east coast—not Big East you know
Randy and Bobby will reap what they sow
The Hokies will hoke and the Jackets will sting
But who will prevail and earn the ring?
Up in the tundra of our frozen north
Penn State is prepared to eagerly put forth
A run at the title for ol’ Pa Joe
Let’s hope they don’t play Iowa again in the snow
Cowboys and Aggies, Raiders too
Chase ball tossing Longhorns and Sooners who
Long for a return to the Championship game
To prove that the Big 12 Champ isn’t lame
The Mountain West and the WAC—stepsisters it seems
Are banging the drum—they wanna be seen!
Will this be the year that great efforts prevail?
Not if the BCS thinks the argument’s stale
The Big East, the MAC, and the Sun Belt too
Have games to play and something to prove
Conference USA is also along for the ride
All hoping to field a very strong side
So here we are one week to go
Our schedules updated, our tickets aglow
Traditions remembered and charms in place
We are prepared to begin our season long race
So to all my brethren, allies, and foes
I share a few words in this article I close
I bid you and your team good fortune and luck
But if you play my Gators I hope you... play well but not better than us!
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