Before the 2010 season, be sure you’re well rested

It’s almost game time—are you ready?

The 2010 football season is almost here. It’s hard to

believe that USC at Hawaii and Pitt at Utah are around the corner,

but before we get engulfed in the season that is almost upon us,

let’s remember what happened in 2009 and the off-season that

shook up the world of college football.

There was Alabama’s freakishly fast defense,

Washington’s epic upset over USC and of course, a moment that

still has yet to heal in Western Pennsylvania—the Cincinnati

Bearcats win over my beloved Pitt Panthers.

Smaller stories that inspired communities like Bill Snyder and

his Kansas State Wildcats returning to the win column, TCU and Andy

Dalton’s path to a BCS bowl game against Boise State, who

seem to be getting comfortable in BCS games, and my personal

favorite—the Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads and

his post-game speech that landed on YouTube after his squad upset

Nebraska—kept mid-west teams in the headlines.

Yes, there were moments that made us sick like week one and

LeGarrette Blount, Michigan’s struggles at the Big House and

Georgia ranking 80th in the nation in passing yards.

Furthermore, it was impressive and then awkward when Urban Meyer

resigned only to tell us he was just kidding, confusing to many

when Pete Carroll returned to the league he never thought he would,

and uncomfortable when Lane Kiffin called a press conference in

Knoxville. But that is the wild world that we all love and the

reasons that get some of us through the day, let alone each passing

week.

On the flipside, there were memories that also choked us up such

as Jake Olson when he taught the USC Trojans how this game goes

beyond the sideline and Bill Withers lesson for generation X

regarding what award winning music sounds, looks and feels

like.

Those moments spurred from the rock-solid foundation laid by Tim

Tebow, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy. And even though Tebow, Bradford

or McCoy could not lead their teams to a National Championship

trophy under the Pasadena Mountains, they did remind us why we love

the men under center. They each represented the leadership, class,

and poise that the Next Generation of Quarterbacks will carry into

2010.

Young men like Ponder, Locker, Luck, Mallet, Cousins, Johnson,

Harris, Moore, Jones, Weber, Barkley, Foles, Gabbert, Crist,

Gilbert and Brantley are set to become the idols of aspired QBs

around the country and their journey will be one that we will

surely follow with anticipation.

It’s time for college football.

Hope you’re well rested as we are about to do this all

over again—it’s almost game time.

 

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