College Football: Tons Of Questions, Few Answers

Bill ThrasherContributor IMay 13, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 3:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Are you like me? Are you sitting around breaking down game tape from spring day waiting for the next tidbit of information to quench the voracious thirst for your college football mind? Are you longing to make prognostications on the 2010 season, but unable to know what you might be up against?

College football is full of questions right now, and we as fans want answers.

Speculation has gone haywire lately. I myself have been drawn down dreaded "rumor-as-fact paths" only to be dead wrong when all the dust settled. It's out of control.

Numero uno among the current list of giant questions we all wish to have answers for:

What the heck is going on with expansion?

We all know the saying, "where there's smoke there's fire" well I think we've destroyed the earth's remaining rain forests with this blaze. The Big Ten is making plans, the SEC is making counter-plans, the PAC Ten/ACC/Big 12 and Big East are making double-secret-pinkie-swear-counter-agent plans. It's freakin' ludicrous!

We want answers, but only fossils of unsubstantiated rumors exist where we search. Yet, through the fog, we all know that somehow, when that first domino begins it's fall, college football as we know it today will not be the same.

On smaller scales: Will ACC Starting QB's Kyle Parker and Russell Wilson forgo their college football careers and take guaranteed baseball money in the upcoming MLB draft?

Both players are highly touted prospects, almost surely to be drafted in June. It's the classic risk/reward scenario. Do you take what will be a known value, lower risk surety or do you follow your heart and play football for free, hoping that you avoid injury and get a chance to play in the NFL where money is much less secure but greater glory could be found?

The choice of these two young men could most certainly change the future landscape of the ACC this year. So what's it going to be guys?

Finally, when is the NCAA going to grow up and get us a real college football championship?

I'm tired of the excuses: The incessant bowl whining, the disingenuous concern for the extra toll on the student athletes, the cluster muck of the BCS and its pathetic product we're being forced fed each New Year.

The BCS is a sham, and pathetic one at that. Please fix it and give us playoff system where we can know, without question, who the best team in the country is.

I don't care how you do it, just figure it out, please!

I could go on with other questions about adding a fifth year of eligibility for players, or removing conference ties to officials, removing incentives to play FCS (D-II) schools...

But why?

All we'll end up with is another round of smoke being blown up our collective tailgating, third down screaming, season ticket holding, money paying butts.