Top Five Wishes for the 2013 College Football Season
Every college football fan in America hopes for certain scenarios to unfold during the course of each college football campaign. With this observation in mind, I will now reveal my top five wishes for the 2013 season. Be warned, it will be fairly UGA-centric.
5. Johnny Manziel Starts Every Game for Texas A&M
Despite the fact that I defended Johnny Manziel a few weeks ago, I am sick of hearing about Johnny Drama and his off the field buffoonery. If Manziel has broken NCAA rules he should be punished, irregardless of how one views the validity of his infractions. I do hope that Johnny Football is deemed eligible to play, because it would be nice to see if he can answer his critics with spectacular performances on the gridiron.
I do dread the possibility that Johnny Manziel’s eligibility will be ambiguous throughout the upcoming season. The NCAA must be steadfast in their investigation of the goings on in College Station so that the Texas A&M Aggies can move on with or without the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
4. Ohio State Loses a Game in 2013
The Ohio State University is the number two ranked team in the country, and the Buckeyes have one of the easiest schedules in the nation. Urban Meyer and company do not play even one team in the preseason top 15. Thank goodness there is a Big Ten Championship Game, because if not, Michigan would be the only roadblock between Ohio State and Pasadena, California.
The Buckeyes do actually play eleven other regular season games, but they are very loose traps that Ohio State could only fall into if they are selling memorabilia for tattoos during the games. Simply looking at the Buckeyes schedule makes me wish the college football playoff would start a year early. Bottom line: Ohio State plays twelve regular season games, seven of which are against teams who had a losing record in 2012.
3. Georgia Beats South Carolina
Losing to a glorified chicken is terrible but when that poultry is coached by Steve Spurrier, it flat out sucks. Georgia must end South Carolina’s three game win streak against them, because the Dawgs will not go to Atlanta if they drop another one to South Carolina this year. The good news is that South Carolina has lost a ton on the offensive side of the football. The bad news is that the Gamecocks still have Jadeveon Clowney, and the Ole’ Ball Coach seems to have a knack for making Bulldog Nation miserable.
Georgia needs to defeat the Gamecocks to win the SEC East because South Carolina has an extremely soft schedule. If South Carolina is good enough to beat Georgia, they will be hard pressed to lose two other Southeastern Conference games.
2. Please Football Gods, Do Not Allow Alabama to Three-Peat
Fans of the Southeastern Conference seem to be united when it comes to the SEC’s streak of seven straight BCS titles. If Alabama represents the SEC this year, I might have to go against my gut and cheer for the team that is opposing the Tide.
Furthermore, we would all be subjected to ESPN discussions about whether Alabama is the greatest college football team of all time, while listening to absurd opinions such as Alabama could beat an NFL team. The only thing that could make the possibility of another Crimson Tide tidal wave worse is if the championship game also involves Urban Meyer. The following image should represent every Georgia fan’s worst nightmare.
1. Please Football Gods, Help Georgia Win a National Championship
Georgia’s loss to Alabama in the 2012 SEC Championship Game served to strengthen Bulldog Nation’s thirst for a championship. Quarterback Aaron Murray returned to Athens for the pursuit of a national title, and a BCS trophy would catapult Mark Richt into legendary status between the hedges.
Wanting a championship and earning a BCS title are two different animals. Georgia has a tall mountain to climb, but the Dawgs have the talent to turn back any challenge in the country. I would give my right arm for a rematch with the Tide in the Georgia Dome come the first weekend in December, but UGA must take care of business in the regular season first.