Sure, I wasn't at Miami of Ohio for the Ben Roethlisberger days, but in my one-year stint in Oxford, Ohio, I saw some quality football. The RedHawks made the MAC Championship game and were one win away from a bowl game.
This year, though, I came back home to Saint Louis and am currently attending Saint Louis University. Not to say that I don't like it here, because I do, but it's really hard living without college football.
Here at SLU, as it is known, the sport of choice is soccer. After all, the Billikens have the most soccer national championships in D-I history with 10. That being said, no American soccer game can compare to the experience of watching college football.
Every RedHawks home game it would be the same routine: Wake up early on Saturday morning, partake in some "pregame activities," head to the stadium to tailgate and mingle with fellow fans, and then watch some MAC football.
In contrast, all I've done on Saturdays is sleep in until noon and veg around, resorting to watching college football on ESPN and other football-carrying networks.
It's pretty disheartening, to be honest, especially because I was close with several of the football players and had hoped to see their careers excel at the college level this season.
But instead of making the walk down to Yager Stadium to see the red and white, I'll be watching that East Coast thriller which is already in the second quarter by the time I wake up.
There were some undeniably great moments about last season too. Roethlisberger came home to Yager Stadium to have his No. 7 jersey enshrined in RedHawk history for good. The most exciting game of the year for the RedHawks happened at home, a 47-14 blowout of rival Bowling Green.
But I won't be there this year. Instead, I'll be lying in bed, watching the big boys play on TV.