NCAA College Football and the NFL Are Back!Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:24
NCAA college football Week 1 provided plenty of excitement; will the NFL’s Week 1 reciprocate?
It’s Football Time
Are you ready for some football? There’s always been a nice synchronicity with the respective starts of the college football and NFL seasons, something that cannot be said about college basketball and the NBA. They may be only one week apart, but Week 1 of the NCAA football season feels like the last blast of summer, while Week 1 of the NFL year is the first hurrah of fall.
Week 1 of the 2013 college football season was a wild ride, what with multiple upsets of FBS teams by FCS squads and several big school showdowns (including two inside the Top 25) as part of the NCAA’s push to eliminate early season cupcake scheduling…of course with the FCS upsets, perhaps cupcakes aren’t quite the same as they were in the past. Last year’s Big 12 champ, Kansas State, FCS taken down. #25 Oregon State, FCS taken down. And those were only the two biggest. Now, tomorrow night launches the NFL year, and those into NFL betting are wondering if they will be dealing with a similar firestorm of upset surprises.
Of course, for the NFL that start to the season cannot come soon enough after one of the more tumultuous off seasons in recent memory–and that includes the lockout year. The Aaron Hernandez murder case has been front page news–not to mention players with far lesser brushes with the law–while the concussion controversy, associated lawsuits, et all have continued to generate bad press that the league would like to forget…and in some cases has been quick to quell, whether directly or indirectly.
After all ESPN just pulled out of the documentary on concussions it had been jointly producing with PBS. Considering the amount of money has sunk into NFL television rights and how much other airtime is dedicated to the league, an investigation into a deeply disturbing aspect of that money train was not in ESPN’s best interest–regardless of whether the NFL was pushing the network to kill it.
As for the other bad publicity, no better way to kill it than to get the players back on the field, since once the teams start playing, most fans quickly ignore or even forget the damage inflicted on their gladiators. And the first game of the season tomorrow night, as befitting a season kickoff tilt, is one of the best of the weekend, Baltimore at Denver.
Once the games get going, everything is good. Will the NFL’s Week 1 match college football’s for excitement? At first glance, three games stand out–the aforementioned, Baltimore at Denver, Atlanta at New Orleans, and Green Bay at San Francisco. But if the unexpected happens…
Are you ready for some football?
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