I don't know how many of my followers here follow football. I don't know how many of those follow college ball, but I have to get something off my chest.
Yesterday in college football was depressing to say the least.
a University of Michigan fan. The best thing I can say about their
showing versus tiny UConn was 'they won'. It was an
ugly game. Sure, they got the first touchdown. Then UConn handed
them their asses by getting the next three touchdowns - all unanswered
by my beloved Wolverines. They looked awful out there - and I didn't
even get to see the game because the BTN was showing Missouri and
apparently here in Missouri when Missouri is playing, no other Big Ten
games get shown. Well, =op. Anyway, from all reports, Michigan looked
But for me, that wasn't the worst of the weekend.
wanted to watch football. I wanted to see the competition between two
teams. I wanted to see teams fight it out to win. Instead I saw, again
and again as I surfed through the games, a huge school beating the crap out of a small school...
#4 Ohio State played little Florida A&M, whomping them 76 to nothing. #7 Louisville kicked the crap out of tiny Florida International, scoring 72 to nothing. #16 Miami slaughtered itty-bitty Savannah State (I don't even know where the hell that is) 77 to 7.
What in the hell? If you're scoring 70+ points against your opponent, what in the hell are you even doing playing that opponent? It's like Arnold Schwarzenegger setting up a steel cage death match against Gilbert Gottfried. Somebody's gonna get pounded, and it ain't the big guy.
And who really wants to watch that? Sure, I love it when my teams win, but I want to see a good game. I want to be able to say my team is 4-0 because they came out ahead of some really awesome other teams. Not 'my team is unbeaten because it played teams that couldn't possibly beat them'. If that's satisfying, why not just have the whole season be against teams like Morgan Community College and Goodrich High School and Pawtucket School for Girls?
Oh, because playing against those teams would be unfair. Well, duh.
And don't give me the answer that without playing those big teams, the small schools would never get television coverage or their names in front of potential students or players... Does anyone really choose their college because they once saw the place get their asses handed to them by a big name school? "Oh, Bethune-Cook? I saw them get whooped by Florida State, so yeah, I definitely want to go there." Riiight. As for television coverage? Yeah, I never get to watch my alma mater, Northern Michigan University's football games on TV - and I don't want to if the only way I could means watching them get creamed.
Of course, there are also the people who believe these early games are like pre-season NFL. Just practice for the real games that occur later in the season. Well, if that's the case, then these games against small school shouldn't count toward the rankings. They shouldn't count for anything. They're just scrimmages.
But no. The number 1 school in the nation (Alabama) plays an unranked team (Colorado State) - and that game wasn't even a blowout - and they get to stay #1 because they won. Woo...hoo.
There are probably those out there who are thinking I wouldn't be all pissy about any of this if Michigan had rolled over UConn yesterday. Nope. If Michigan had ended up with a score of 70 something to nothing, I still would be crying foul. Because Michigan should be better than that. They should be bigger than a bully kicking sand in the face of a weakling. (Even if the weakling schools asked for it by setting up this obscene schedule.)
It's just good sportsmanship. It's just good football. And hell, it's way more fun to watch.