What I Love About College Football

Where to start with the list of things I love about College Football? I love it way more than the Pros, that’s for sure, and not just because the Cowboys suck.

First, on any given Saturday, it’s at least theoretically possible that the best team in the land might lose to somebody nobody’s heard of.

Another thing I love is the passion. As much fun as the NFL is to watch, there is a machine-like precision at that level that often lacks passion.

In college football, the emotion of a crowd can actually change the course of a game. Like the Aggies say, crowds really are the 12th person. (Work with me here on the language…)

In college football, one key turnover, one long pass or run, can change the momentum of a game long before the score does. In other words, there are intangibles that always keep you on your toes as a fan.

So, that’s another thing I love about college football.

A third thing I love about college football is that so many other people love it. It’s such a unifying cultural experience. Take away the big schools for a moment. I’m not talking about them. I’m talking about the “Austin Peay’s” of the world. I’m talking about the “Colgate’s”

Every Saturday, check the scroll on SportsCenter, and you’ll find the names of tiny little schools nobody’s ever heard of will flash by…

…Furman vs. Wofford

…Samford (no, not Stanford) vs. South East Missouri State

…Butler vs. Valpairiso

I just listed six schools I know nothing about. Couldn’t begin to tell you what towns they’re in. And I’m only confident about the state for one of them. But as those scores scroll, you get the sense that thousands of people in these tiny little towns have turned out to stadiums nobody’s heard of, to scream at the top of their lungs at games nobody else will remember.

It really is not whether we win or lose. It’s that we all play the game. We’re all in this together on those Saturday afternoons, cheering on our teams, big and small, hoping against hope that this year will be “our year.”

College football is a unifying experience that is not just about the “Top 25.” It’s about everybody else too. And that’s another thing I love.

But the thing I love most about college football is that only in college football do things like this video clip happen. Maybe you have seen this clip already. Pay special attention to the joy of the announcers.

As long as you live, you may never see another play like this. Check it out:

THIS is what I love about college football.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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