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Finally: football is back

A.J. Ganger
Staff Writer

After nearly 9 months of waiting, football has finally returned. People all around campus have been seen wearing their favorite school colors. Most of them are wearing the scarlet and grey for Ohio State, but there are a select few that have been seen wearing the maize and blue for the University of Michigan. Sports fans know come November 24, 2012 when Michigan goes to Columbus to take on the dreaded Buckeyes, all bets are off.

Michigan vs. Alabama, courtesy of ESPN.com

This college football season is going to be very interesting especially in the Ben Ten Conference. Ohio State and Penn State are not able to play for a Big Ten championship or in a bowl game at the end of the year. Therefore, according to the experts at ESPN, Wisconsin is the favorite to win the leaders division and possibly the Big Ten all together. At Penn State it was a very emotional Saturday afternoon, as for the first time in 63 years someone other than Joe Paterno led the Penn State team out on the field. Troubles on both sides of the ball, and a great performance by the Ohio Bobcats led to the 24 to 14 upset, while Urban Myer made his debut as head coach in Columbus routing the Miami University Redhawks 56 to 10. A game that was an instant classic was the Northwestern game, which was a shootout, as they edged past Syracuse 42 to 41. In the Georgia Dome on Saturday night Clemson took on Auburn in the battle of the tigers. Let’s just say the tigers came out on top. Clemson won that game 26 to 19. In the spotlight game of the night, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide took on the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines in the Cowboy Classic. This was a game that was all Alabama as the defending national champions took down the sugar bowl champions 41 to 14.

I sat down and talked to my roommate Jake Barrett, a junior here at Wilmington College, and asked him how he thought the first week went. He said, “I don’t think it went too bad. I am very happy that the Buckeyes won and that Michigan lost.” Indeed a lot of Buckeye fans would be very happy that Michigan lost, but it’s just one game. College football is a season that consists of 12 games and anything can happen from now until the end of November.

This college football season is just now getting underway and with 11 more games to play; who knows which team will be playing for the BCS national championship come January. According to ESPN the favorite is Alabama to repeat as champions. They sure impressed me by beating up my team on Saturday night. I can not wait to see how the rest of this season goes. All of the scores and other information came courtesy of ESPN.com. Don’t forget to like the Witness on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @ganger8002 and the Witness @wcwitness.

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