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Sports Opinion: Football

By Kyle Isaacs
On September 5, 2012

With the turn of calendar to September, we allow ourselves to get nostalgic about all things fall: the leaves falling, the weather turning and most importantly, football.
Unfortunately for Xavier, we are without a team to cheer for here on campus, which means we have the option of following any college football team we choose.
If you hail from a college town such as Columbus, Ohio or Tuscaloosa, Ala., your decision may have already been made for you. If you are not, have no fear because I'll steer you in the correct direction.
The clear choice for many Xavier students is to follow the nearby Catholic university in South Bend, Ind. (my disgust for them prevents me from mentioning their actual name).
Another popular pick is Ohio State, but once again, it's a common choice so you'll just blend into the crowd when it comes to being a diehard fan.
Maybe you are an art major who is really into flashy uniforms and cool designs. If so, look no further than the Oregon Ducks, who have over 400 possible jersey combinations, each of which contains obnoxiously bright colors.
"But I prefer watching football while eating my southern cooked meals!"
Don't worry my friend, because you can do just that while cheering on some SEC schools such as the Alabama Crimson Tide or LSU Tigers.
Many people will call you a bandwagon fan for following these two universities, but you won't care when you're elbow deep in a bucket of fried chicken watching some southern football.
Let's say you reside in the northeast and despise all things south of the Mason-Dixon line. I'd suggest you reach into a hat and draw out the name of a Big East school.
Be careful though because although the name of the conference implies some geographical ties, this conference's football teams are more widespread than the swine flu of 2009. Even if you are able to locate the school, don't jump the gun and start purchasing any Big East paraphernalia because that conference is a few years away from falling apart.
You might really enjoy the California sun and want to root for the USC Trojans. That is an excellent choice for this upcoming season, based off their No. 1 ranking.
If you choose to bleed red and gold, you might as well apologize to the future version of yourself, because heartache lies ahead.
If the past is any indication, USC and their head coach Lane Kiffin are only years away from NCAA sanctions that will wipe clean any records they set.
"This is all so confusing and frustrating. I would much rather follow a team that never loses."
I can't believe I forgot to mention the lovely football team at Xavier University, undefeated since 1973.


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