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College Football is Kicking Off

Eli Hogan
Sanford Stadium in the afternoon

For 123.8 million people, September means one thing: college football is finally back. After waiting for six months, people’s hunger for football can finally be satiated. Now, men and women have an excuse to have a lazy Saturday at home. Saturdays now mean something other than shopping or mowing the lawn.

Through just a couple weeks, the things that make college football beloved by many have returned; close wins, heartbreaking losses, games that go past everyone’s bedtime. There have been upsets, blowouts and everything else that makes the college football season special to so many.

There can only be one left standing on the mountaintop when all is said and done. Only one team will be crowned a champion. One winner, 128 losers.

Alabama, who recently lost at home to Texas in a wild 34-24 game, is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff hunt. At least one fan is not taking the loss as poorly as others.

      “Yeah, we did play an ugly game, and to be honest, we deserved to lose. However, there have been plenty of teams that have lost early in the season and ended up winning the championship.” – Justin Britt, Kia manager

Some teams (and their fans) want to see something besides a championship, like making a bowl game or seeing some progress out of what was said to be a multi-year turnaround.

Georgia Tech is one example. Stuck at the bottom of the ACC for almost five years now, the fans just want to see something from their team.

Many Tech fans say college football has been an afterthought for them. While their friends’ teams were competing for championships, Georgia Tech was near the bottom of the ACC. Only when they hired Brent Key to be the Jackets’ interim, and later the full-time coach, did they feel like Tech might be decent this year. They want to see passion, progress and a lower-tier bowl from their team. Anything more would be a bonus.

From trying to compete for bowl games to going for a championship, every team is different, but differences only serve to bring fans together. Even though they may all cheer for and against certain teams, they love the game – and hate when it ends.


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Eli Hogan, Staff Writer
Junior majoring in mass communications with a focus on photojournalism. I've been doing photography for around 3-4 years now, traveled around the world, and most recently worked at Glacier National Park in Montana for around 3 months.
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