Too many college football rivalries were sacrificed to the gods of television revenue, vis-a-vis conference realignment.
From the Backyard Brawl to Oklahoma-Nebraska, the staff at The Student Section breaks down dormant rivalries that need a reboot. Of all the realignment-killed rivalries, the Backyard Brawl’s demise is especially asinine.
West Virginia shirking a decades-old, bitter rivalry with Pitt — located a stone’s throw away — in order to truck around America’s Heartland crystallizes the absurdity of conference realignment.
West Virginia and Pitt, Oklahoma and Nebraska or even Texas and Texas A&M don’t necessarily need to share a conference to rekindle their rivalries. Clemson-South Carolina, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech all maintain intense rivalries over league boundaries.
Paul Myerberg, USA Today
While the changing landscape of college football has gobbled up some rivalries, Army and Navy have no intention of joining those ranks. The rivalry — arguably the sport’s most famous — is played the second week of December, after the College Football Playoff field is announced.
The timing of the Army-Navy Game is one lingering question the committee has publicly talked of getting around to addressing, but administrators from the academies already have an emphatic answer: nothing changes.
“We have no intention of moving it. None,” Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk told USA TODAY Sports. “It would show that we’ve realigned our priorities in a way that doesn’t complement our mission. We can’t do it. It’s something that’s that special…If it means that we’ve got to sacrifice the opportunity to participate in the playoff system, then that’s something we’ll have to deal with. We’ll have to work on that.”
Tyler Waddell, Today’s U.
The market is bullish on the Tennessee Volunteers in head coach Butch Jones’ third season at the helm. Some, like Friend of the Site Tyler Waddell, are buying in so much that they have the Vols atop the SEC East.
With two-time defending divisional champion Missouri losing key players on defense, and Georgia facing an uncertain quarterback forecast, the East appears wide open. So why not Tennessee?
USC’s dynamic triple-threat Adoree’ Jackson won the Pac-12 championship in the long jump, and that’s hardly the last individual honor the two-sport Trojan plans on adding to his collection in 2015.
Since scoring an offensive and special teams touchdown in December’s Holiday Bowl, Jackson has popped up on the Heisman radar. The sophomore-to-be is not shying from the lofty praise, either, earlier this spring saying that he’s “serious,” but also having fun with the Heisman talk.