Everyone who loves sports enters into this love in different ways. For me, it was genetic, like my eye shadow and hair color. I wanted to be like my father in any way possible.
My parents love football, and I love it too.
This love of football developed when I was in first grade. At the time, I had my first college football video game: NCAA Football 2005 from EA Sports on PlayStation 2. Most of my friends who also grew up with this gaming system have either thrown their friends away or watched it bite the proverbial dust a long time ago.
However, my workout still worked, along with NCAA 05, and that’s what led me to this workout.
The old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same” has been applied to the team game for a long time. Gone are the days of various national opinion polls declaring their national champion. Football, like our world, has evolved with the times, and the latest stage of this evolutionary process has reached our doorstep this summer in the latest wave of conference expansion.
For many of you, the sport we love in your life has changed more than it has changed me, but my acquisition of NCAA 05 has always symbolically marked the beginning of my obsession with the sport in my mind, so I see it as a unique tool in the field of football change tracking over the past two decades.
Since Elle Manning’s Oxford days with the 2004 Cotton Bowl ended, football has changed. Here are some examples.
In the 2004 season (represented by NCAA 05), there were 119 Division 1A schools, now referred to as FBS.
– The Navy and Notre Dame were the only independent 1A in the country.
– The ACC had only 10 schools.
– In fact, The Big 12 still has 12 schools. By the time this game reaches its 20th anniversary, at least five of these schools will be in another convention.
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The Big East still sponsors football.
– The Pac-12 was still the Pac-10.
The Supreme Education Council had 12 schools. It will soon grow to a 16-year-old.
You get the point. Football continues to evolve, and it always happens in one form or another.
The latest wave of conference expansion may seem strange to us for a while once the dust has settled, and while many of us (including ourselves) are rebelling against change, history has shown that it is inevitable. This brings me back to my previous review: “Whenever things change, they stay the same.” Is this still the case?
I would argue, yes. Even in the midst of television networks dictating the steps of individual conferences, and in association with individual teams, college football will still be what we all love, even if some of its details have changed. A young Oklahoma Sooners who still remembers the days of the Big Eight Conference will root just as hard when his team travels to Oxford as he did when he travels to Boulder, Colorado.
Even as football continues to change around us, fans of sports and schools will always be able to hold on to that: their emotional bonds with their home university. My team is better than your team, conference or other. This part never changes.
Am I romanticizing an aspect of college football that has become increasingly institutionalized in recent decades? Maybe, but I’d argue I’m right. The majority of those who read this article are fans of Ole Miss. Cut ties with your university and, therefore, college football is not something that can be easily accomplished.
Even as Destiny’s manifesto turns upside down and schools head west to east, it’s just another step and another story in the sport we all love so much.
Will this sport look different in the future? yes. Will we still love her? definitely.
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