Welcome back, college football. Yes, yes. I love the NFL, but I really love college football. It’s where American football began…at the college level. Every. Game. Matters. Any squad hoping to pursue a national championship run? Can’t slip. Not once. In the waning years of a system without playoffs, the familiar names sit atop the crop, hoping for that opportunity to play in the last game of the season–the BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl.
Some excellent action this evening, but the most intriguing match-up is an early SEC East battle: South Carolina at Vanderbilt. The eastern version of USC is ranked in the Top 10 once again, and poised to make another run at the SEC Eastern division title; however, Vanderbilt is on the rise, their fans will be amped, and Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Aaron Rodgers, will look to improve upon a very impressive junior season.
For South Carolina, NFL fans will want to take note of Marcus Lattimore, the junior who put together ridiculous freshman and sophomore seasons before being sidelined last October with a season-ending injury. The Heisman hopeful may very well be the top RB prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.
So. Back to the beginning: Who plays in the Orange Bowl for all the marbles in January of 2013? LSU and USC (aka The Trojans). It’s a match-up that is about 10 years overdue.