By: Ben Jenkins
Can you feel It? It’s almost here. 236 days of waiting. 236 days of over-analyzation. 236 days of talking. Talk about recruiting classes, talk of surprise contenders, and even talk about what schools put on the best tailgates. Soon enough, all the talk will mean nothing. The discussions of schedules will subside. The analyzation of every single game will hold no merit. The unbridled optimism of “talking season” will finally diminish when It arrives.
Sure, one could argue It started this past weekend when a few Division II schools kickoff. Some may even argue It starts Thursday, when the first Division I games kickoff. Yet, the true fans know that It doesn’t start until Saturday September 1st, at approximately 12:00 PM. Only five days stand between us and what feels like the best day of the year.
Until then, the message boards will continue to blow up with questions about rosters, how freshman are performing in camp, and how if these 23 different scenarios happen that our team could make a run at the college football playoff. The uninhibited confidence in one’s school and team is what makes “talking season” so special. Injuries are thrown out the window, your team’s star player is going to have a break out year, and the teams on your schedule all appear to be beatable. Every year as fans we buy into it, knowing how dangerous that it can become. We set lofty expectations, believe that each true freshman is ready to make an impact, and believe that one player with potential will finally turn the corner. In due time, all that noise will be thrown out.
We have five days until It begins. 5 days/120 hours/7,200 minutes/432,000 seconds until It is here. So go in the garage, and dust off that tailgate tent. Clean that portable grill, and make sure you have enough fuel for the year. Go by yourself that new jersey that you don’t need but have been waiting all off season to buy. Start planning the food spread for the first game’s tailgate. Lastly, go binge watch hype videos at work when your boss steps out of the office for lunch. Because in five days, College Football is back.