College football’s sleepy Saturday
Looking for a good college football today? You’ll have to go hunting high and hunting low. (Trivia: What band released an album named “Hunting High and Hunting Low” in 1985?)
There are a couple of intriguing games later this evening. Arkansas travels to Fort Worth to play TCU in a battle of former Southwest Conference teams, and Tennessee and Virginia Tech play at Bristol Motor Speedway along the Tennessee-Virginia border, where a crowd of up to 155,000 is expected. The record attendance for a college football game is a little over 115,000 at Michigan. But no game will ever come close to the nearly 200,000 who jammed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in 1954 to watch the Brazilian national futbol team.
Other than the two games I just mentioned? SNOOZEFEST.
ABC is so desperate to show Michigan and Ohio State they are giving us a pair of horrific mismatches. Central Florida goes to Ann Arbor at 11 a.m.,, and Tulsa heads to Columbus at 2:30.. Please. ABC didn’t want to at least televise Arkansas-TCU, given how few times ABC gets to televise SEC teams other than the neutral site games?
CBS’ SEC game is Kentucky at Florida. Problem is, CBS has to televise a conference game if one is available, save for opening weekend, and there are only two conference games today. The other choice was South Carolina at Mississippi State.
LSU hosts Jacksonville State tonight. I’ll watch, but if the game is closer than expected, then it’s going to be an even longer season for the Bayou Bengals than I thought last week after the loss to Wisconsin.
LSU should not be playing any teams from a lower division. Period. But with every SEC game on some sort of television these days, conference teams don’t feel the need to schedule four Power 5 teams. During my first year at LSU, 1994, only three of 11 games were televised at all: Auburn, Florida and Alabama. And two of the three were on the SEC’s syndicated package, which meant they were not carried outside the SEC footprint, which at the time didn’t include Texas or Missouri. To be fair, the LSU-Texas A&M game would have been televised had the Aggies not been on probation, which included a TV ban for 1994. No team has been banned from TV since Ole Miss in 1995.
Games are kicking off in 30 minutes. I’ll watch, but not with any particular enthusiasm.