It has been 233 days since we last saw a live college football game—and I, for one, think those seven-plus months went far too slowly.
For months we’ve speculated about what would happen in the upcoming season, we’ve argued about which conference is the best, we’ve talked about who is overrated, and in the last week or so we’ve predicted the outcome of the opening week of games.
Today we can finally start to answer those questions. While we may not agree on everything, there are a few things we can agree on.
We are all passionate, loyal, unyielding, and die-hard fans. We are all fierce competitors and filled with pride.
We all get nervous before the big game, get giddy for the big play, and pump our fists when our team performs at their best.
We all have our silly superstitions, our perfect tailgating spots, and our favorite game day traditions.
We all have that one game on our team’s schedule that keeps us up at night, and we’ve all told ourselves, “This is going to be our year.”
We may be entering the season with high expectations, like the fans of USC, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
We may be entering the season with hope that things will turn around, like fans of Notre Dame, South Carolina, Washington, and Louisville.
We may be uncertain about what the future holds, like fans of UCLA, Kansas, Michigan, and Virginia Tech.
We may be hoping this is the year we finally get over the hump, like fans of Missouri, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Michigan State, and Clemson.
But one thing is for sure: We all love college football.
We are all the same.
Today is the day we can sit down and watch a college football game. No matter who is playing, we will watch. No matter who is playing, we will smile and cheer and know that it is just the beginning.
Today, we all become one united group. We aren’t known as Gators or Trojans, Buckeyes or Sooners, Bulldogs or Tigers. Instead, we are just college football fans.
I propose for one day and one day only, we set our differences aside and come together for the love of the game.
We let the SEC love his brother in the Pac-10, the Big 12 love his brother in the Big Ten, and let the Big East love his brother in the ACC. We let the MAC love the WAC, and the Sun Belt love the Mountain West.
We let the Trojans love the Spartans, the Tigers love the Bears, the Hurricanes love the Tide, the Seminoles love the Illini, the Buckeyes love the Wolverines—well, that may be too much to ask. But you get the point.
Let us all come together, for today is Opening Day—the best day of the year.