Ahhhh. The college football season is here once again.
This is the time of year where everyone is optimistic about the upcoming season. Maybe their team is picked to be a BCS contender. Maybe their team could be a "sleeper" in a conference that is not as strong as previous years. Maybe their team could be this year's Boise State and give the big boys a run for their money.
For others, this is the time of year where they get to have fun once again. Maybe they're looking forward to standing in their student section trying to distract the opposing team as they begin a drive pinned deep in their own territory. Maybe they're looking forward to sitting amongst friends reminiscing about the days when they first saw a game from those stands. Maybe they're looking forward to tailgating from the second classes end on Friday til well after their upset victory on Saturday night.
There is nothing like the beginning of the college football season. Unfortunately, I cannot give you any stories from experience. I don't have a team to cheer for or a student section to go stand in. I'm not worried about how we do this year or what's on the menu for this weekend's tailgate. It's not by choice, I simply just don't have a college football team to follow.
I moved back to campus this week, as did most of my friends. Some of their schools are hosting football games this weekend as part of the whole college experience. Mine isn't. You see, I am a sophomore at Boston University where there is no football team. Hasn't been one for eleven years now. You would think that a school with Division I athletics would at least have a football team that plays in what was formerly known as Division I-AA, but we don't.
As a sports fan, I cannot tell you how mad that makes me when I turn on the television every Saturday to see ESPN's College GameDay on the campus of some college with students who have camped out for days to see their team in action. I become very jealous because they have something that I will never have, Saturdays with football.
I have been relegated to cheering on Boston College, a team I grew up with, although it is not the same as I do not attend the school and cannot be a part of the atmosphere throughout the week leading up to the game. At this point, I'd settle for Division III football because at least it's football.
So you ask, what is my school doing to kickoff the college year? Well, we're having a nice little soccer match against UMass on Sunday. I have to go get my signs ready in case Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit decide to pay a visit.
I can dream, can't I?