With fans cheering on their college team each Saturday, it college football is something special to its fans to say the least. Being an undergrad at Cal and watching USC beat us 30-9 on Thursday night led me to write about how college football is a part of a cultural revolution.
For the most part each Saturday I find myself sitting on the couch watching any football games that are being shown. Then I begin to think about all the news about realignment and conferences expanding.
So with that said, here are three reasons why the NCAA conferences should leave college football the way it is.
1. Rivalry Games
Hearing the possibility that rivalry games can be eliminated is heartbreaking. Take for example the chance that Texas A&M and Texas may never go against each other. Although I am not from Texas, the many rivalry games across the nation is what makes college football so great.
You can be a top 25 ranked team going against your rival opponent and still have chance of pulling an upset. The reason being because rivalry games bring so much more energy while also bringing a reputation in-state.
With Texas A&M now moving to the SEC, the rivalry between Texas will never be the same. Although new rivalries can be created, the NCAA will be hurting the game by eliminating the ones that people have come accustom to.
2. College Atmosphere
Connecting to rivalry games, the atmosphere around a college campus can be an experience every human should have.
Not only are days before games energetic but when Saturday rolls along the environment around a campus is life changing. Although it may not change as much, the shift of teams from one conference to another will have an impact on how the atmosphere around college campus will be.
Take the same example of Texas A&M and Texas. The two being from Texas makes an in-state rivalry that can never be matched by other teams outside of Texas. If the NCAA eliminates such in-state rivalries then college football will be damaged as a result.
3. The Generation Impact
I wonder whether the NCAA took into account the impact of the history behind each conference and team. Over the course of college football we have seen great moments from across each conference. More importantly those moments are expressed through the generations of football players and fans who have been a part of the college game. Although many more memories are to be made with the new alignments, it is safe to say that memories created from past conferences will be erased.
The problem here is the gap that the NCAA will create between generations. Those who have lived seeing Texas and Texas A&M go against each other will miss the rivalry. At the same time, the generations to come will never get a chance to see how valuable rivalry games and in-state matchups can be.
I understand that at the end of the day the reason for the changes is circled around money. But in a economy where college football already profits, the NCAA is simply erasing the culture of college football. If the system continues like this, it is only a matter of time where these movements will hurt what college football really is.
Even talks about a playoff system are disheartening. The NCAA should be aware that the reason college football has risen in value and overall attention is due to the style it currently has. I don't know where football will be in the next 25 years but I am sure that any changes can hurt the sport instead of helping it.
With that said I urge the NCAA not to change college football, as its already a great sport to follow.