2011-2012 NCAA Football: Sweet Season...or Beautiful Nightmare?

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30:  Head Coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media during a press conference before the start of Spring practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at The Ohio State University on March 30, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Now that March Madness is done, and my bracket is lying there—tattered and broken like a quarterback without a good offensive line (Cough! Cough! Matt Stafford at Detroit! Cough! Cough!)—we can concentrate on the good thing in life that's coming in September: college football.

For Penn State, injuries ensured that the team is not going to be strong at defensive end or tight end this year, bearing in mind everyone's out with potential season-ending injuries. There's also a shadow hanging over Happy Valley in the form of former assistant Jerry Sundusky, who's getting investigated for allegations that he assaulted a teenage boy. Joe Paterno may well be put on the stand.
For our dear neighbor Ohio State, Coach Tressel must still be worrying about the potential of the chop—although this is increasingly looking unlikely, despite the fact that his players did everything apart from selling their own bodies to Pawn Stars (so who wants some golden pants?).
For South Carolina, their senior starting quarterback rolled up drunk to a SEC-mandated event on Tuesday night. While the VFA's been saying for a while that the only reason Garcia is still the starting QB—even without this silly, silly violation—is that he had Alshon Jeffrey as his wide receiver, we're still going with the fact that South Carolina might be better without him. It also helps when you've got a running back like Marcus Lattimore and a starting DE/LB freak like Jadevon Clowney, who's already made himself known to the Columbia policing services albeit mistakenly!).

For Alabama, fans will be wondering who Nick Saban's going to bring into the backfield to back up Tony Richardson, and who the new starting quarterback's going to be.
At USC, it's all about seeing if they can play in a Bowl again. For their neighbor Auburn, they are just praying for everything to go the hell away.
Georgie would just love a defensive line, and for Florida, they're making the entrance to Charlie Weis' co-ordinators a bit bigger....(joke!).

In Texas, the fans will want to know if the offseason that saw Will Muschamp bolt for Florida will mean another "learning season" for Mack Brown & Co, while Oklahoma is going to try and get itself together for another potential title run.

And for all football fans, we're thinking like Wright Thompson, who wrote this piece about college football. 
We feel the same as you do, buddy.