The Yin and Yang Of College Football

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterSeptember 26, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 1: Newscasters Brent Musberger and Dick Butkus broadcast 'NFL Today' during the 1988 NFC Divisional Playoffs game with the Minnesota Vikings against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on January 1, 1989 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 34-9. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Tailgating in Wisconsin is brats and cheese on the back of a pick-up.

Tailgating in Seattle is fresh salmon and wine on the stern of a boat.

A great cheer at Beaver Stadium is, "We are...Penn State."

A great cheer at Williams-Brice stadium is, "Go Cocks Go."

Old school in Alabama means a giant number on helmets.

Old school in Eugene means puke yellow helmets.

You get the drift here. What one person or region delights in, another eschews. There are some things in college football that just bug me to no end, but probably float another person's boat.

It's the yin and yang of college football.

I'm not a big fan of Brent Musberger, despite his presence in the bastions of college football traditional announcing. Sorry, but he doesn't hold a candle to Keith Jackson. Yeah, Jackson's retired, but I don't care. I miss Keith.

I don't get Musberger's constant repetition of his phrases, such as, "You're looking live...."

Yes Brent, I know it's live, the TV schedule says it's live. I'm also not your "partner," just ask my husband. I'm not "folks," either. I live in California, you can call me "honey," and I swear, I won't get offended. "Folks" is for the Big Band era set, by the way, not Joe Cool football fan.

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Is it just Musberger who gets on my nerves? Heck no.

I like Lou Holtz simply because he amuses the hell out of me. By the way, so does Borat and Adam Sandler. I know Holtz is a Irish homer, but at least you know where he stands—he's not thinly veiled like some other announcers.

This isn't to say Holtz doesn't raise my ire—calling USC, "the University of Spoiled Children" not once, but twice, on air last week is not only classless, but really, a frat-boy, sophomoric attempt at humor. It's really beneath a guy who expounds on what a classy school Notre Dame is—which they are. But Lou isn't representing well, now is he?

Then there's the total SEC bias going on. Seriously, if an SEC team loses to a lower or middle-tiered team in conference play, then the reason why is they lost is because the SEC beats everyone up in conference play because they are all so good.

When a Pac-10 team loses to another Pac-10 middling, it's because the Pac-10 sucks. WTF? Memo to SEC fans—the Pac-10 middlings have kicked your SEC butts for the last decade. Get over yourselves.

Ole Miss got spanked by South Carolina, but let's take a bet and see if Ole Miss is still ahead of say, USC, on Sunday.

The reason for this bias is simple. The SEC has marketed itself as a conference. The fields all have an SEC logo on the 50 yard-line, and all the teams have SEC logos on their unis. Brilliant. The SEC is a powerhouse, even IF their West champ got throttled by Utah.

Yin and Yang is alive and well in college football. It's what keeps us fans arguing, talking smack, and bitching about a playoffs system that will never happen as long as we, the fans, pay to see a BCS Bowl game. As long as the Benjamins are in play. 

If we lived in China, there would be a playoffs system. Food for thought, no?

The yin is, "This is the best we have right now."

The yang is, "We can do better."

The yin is, "The Big Ten sucks."

The yang is, "Michigan beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl."

The yin is, "The system the sucks."

The yang is, "When your team is in the title game, the system is perfect."

I'm over the yin and the yang.

Holtz can kiss my spoiled child's ass. Musberger's being the subject of the greatest drinking game since the Bob Newhart drinking game will be his biggest mark on college football. The SEC is no better than any other conference. The BCS is an experiment in failure and, "Go Cocks Go," is the greatest cheer in college football.

Carry on.

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