NFL Lockout: Is It Good News For College Football?

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIMarch 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11:  NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith addresses reporters after the league and the NFL Players Association failed to reach an agreement in labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFLPA has filed for decertification and will no longer be the exclusive collective bargaining representative for the players. Players will now be able to file antitrust lawsuits against the NFL.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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Look, we're not happy about the NFL lockout.

As fans of seeing the people we worshiped on Saturdays for three, four, five or six years, depending on whether you loved AJ Green (3) or Jordan Shipley (6) playing well on Sundays, it was horrible news.
We don't want to see the best players at the top of their game suddenly not play for a season. Hey...we love Peyton Manning a lot more as a professional than we ever did as a quarterback for Tennessee!

But you can't argue for this major fact: College football could come out as the big winner if there is no NFL in 2011.


1) Football fans need their fix.
Big-time college football games will suddenly cover Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and we should imagine that some big-time games may even be played on a Monday night, just to help the 'thirst' (and the corporate sponsors) continue.
Also, watch for an increased amount of pleading from Jerry Jones and Art Blank for games to played in the Jerry and Georgia Domes, because now they really need the revenue.

2) The partying's better.
I know, we've heard a lot about the famed tailgating outside Lambeau Field, but we still don't think it can compare to the famed tailgating in Baton Rouge. Prepare for the parties to get bigger and bigger.

3) America needs a Super Bowl.
That means that the 2012 National Championship Game's going to come under even more scrutiny than USC vs. Texas...if that's at all possible.

4) LA can at last have its NFL team.
It's called USC. And the state of Ohio can at last have a good football team. It's called Ohio State.
And the state of Pennsylvania can see gold fall to mediocrity. It's called Pittsburgh and Penn State.
And the city of Buffalo's college football team might just be better than the city of Bufffalo's NFL team. Just.

5) The College Football offseason's more fun.
Sure, the NFL players might switch teams, but college football kids only switch teams when they are getting thrown out of school.
And I haven't seen any Super Bowl champs get arrested in Green Bay...unlike at Auburn, where four kids have just been tagged for armed robbery. They've been thrown off the team.

6) America needs its highlights.
College football will provide a lot of them.

And if you NFL fans haven't paid the blindest bit of attention to college football, then here's a highlight reel to help you through: