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|So so ready for football|
I don't know when I have been more ready for a football season to get started.
Between the NFL strike, Jim Tressell, the University of Miami, boosters giving money handshakes to players, Willie Lyles, whether Les Miles is going to Michigan and Texas A&M going and not going to the Southeastern Conference and bar fights, it's been the kind of offseason that takes away from the game itself.
The only comment I will make about the bar fight right now is that you won't see me using the words smart and disciplined to describe this LSU team anytime soon.
And, I would rather lose to Oregon with players suspended than win with those who broke the law.
But, hopefully, what goes on between the sidelines will start taking center stage.
As far as the NFL is concerned, everybody's talking about the Philadelphia Eagles, but I really like what the Saints' organization has done this offseason. If Drew Brees stays healthy, I believe the Saints will be in Indianapolis early next year playing for their second title in three years.
LSU and Oregon should dominate the headlines over the next couple of weeks. I bet Chik-Fil-A or some other organization would have loved to have been sponsoring this marquee matchup. Hmm, Raising Canes Classic?
Hopefully, most of the talk will pertain to the game itself, but you know Willie Lyles and the bar fight will attract most of the attention. ESPN thrives on controversy and they will probably be talking to the brother of the uncle whose son was sitting in the back of the bar when the fight took place.
And while the action on the field this year should dominate the headlines, you can bet we are not done talking about expansion.
Texas A&M is not happy and you know what you get when you have an angry Aggie (there's a joke in there somewhere). The SEC will probably be wise to reel in the Aggies before someone else comes courting really hard.
Super conferences are just around the corner. While SEC coaches certainly would not welcome even tougher competition, money walks and talks and presidents are not going to coddle their coaches with that much loot out there.
Florida State would also be a nice fit for the conference. My bet is they will be playing Florida, Auburn and Georgia pretty regular in the near future anyway.
Jimbo Fisher is making Seminole fans miss Bobby Bowden about as much as I miss Lou Holtz pep talks.
If you do end up with about four super conferences, then it would seem inevitable to me that a second tier college division would be necessary because there's no way teams from the MAC, C-USA, WAC could compete with those schedules.
But that's looking to the future.
The here and now is LSU versus Oregon. Thank goodness.
And it seemed to take forever to get here.
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