Yes my friends, it's THAT time of year. The time of year when it's ok to ring a cowbell directly in someone's ear and receive a high five for the gesture, the time of year where fashionable kids and grownups reduce themselves to wearing ridiculously clashing colors without a care in the world, the time of year where you can wake up on a Saturday morning and not feel badly about pouring a mimosa instead of coffee to get you going. It is the time of year for college football, and THAT my friends, brings the biggest smile to my face. We are full swing into this 2014 season, and let me tell you, it is one of the most surprising and exciting seasons I have ever experienced. Not only is it the first year ever the NCAA will be holding a college football playoff, but for the first time in the entire history of the school's existence, my Mississippi State Bulldogs have risen to the number 1 spot in the country after defeating (what I thought to be) the undefeatable Auburn Tigers with a 38-23 victory. Georgia has also come away with some surprisingly effortless wins since #3's indefinite suspension (#freegurley). I was born and raised a Mississippi State fanatic and became a Georgia girl when I went to college. The only reason my dad allowed me to attend UGA is because I would technically still be a bulldog and that was good enough for him. Yes, it's that important.
Mind you, it's not all fun and games. The NCAA sure does everything in their power to assure us of that fact. Cam Newton has still not been stripped of his Heisman Trophy or National Championship victory after being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend Auburn. 2012 Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel was only suspended for half a game against Rice for making thousands of dollars off of his signature. 2013 Heisman winner, Jameis Winston has sexual assault charges filed against him and not ONE step has been taken by the NCAA to show that they even recognize the charges. Yet, let's talk about it, 2014's Heisman frontrunner, Todd Gurley, is suspended indefinitely for basically doing the exact same thing Mr. Johnny Football did only last year! Perhaps Gurley should have waited to commit such heinous acts until he won that Heisman trophy so that his vile actions would have been generously overlooked by the NCAA. Just... perhaps.
Besides the fact that the NCAA is filled with complete power hungry, money grubbing, a-holes, I still wake up every Saturday morning with effortless vigor, turn on college game day, and smile. The rest of this season is far from over, and I cannot wait to see what twists and turns are ahead. MSU still has to travel to both Alabama AND Ole Miss, while Georgia has a few more barriers to overcome as long as #freegurley is still trending. College football is not just a tradition; it's a way of life, and it will forever be a staple in mine. I'm getting chills just thinking about it. Damn, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.