For some, the moment won’t come until next month. For others, it began to sink in when the Big 12 Conference announced its preseason awards Wednesday.
For me, having a sense of eagerness for the approaching college football season happened late Wednesday night while I was watching the second half of last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal game between third-seeded Georgia and second-seeded Oklahoma.
As I watched Baker Mayfield’s last collegiate football game, my mind raced as I began to think about all the possible outcomes for Kyler Murray and the Sooners this upcoming season. Will his mind still be in the game after agreeing to a multi-million-dollar contract with the Oakland Athletics? Will Lane Kiffin and FAU sneak up on Oklahoma to start the season? What about Chip Kelly and UCLA the following week?
Don’t stress yourself thinking about those games though — we still have to get through media days, which begin with — surprise, surprise — the Southeastern Conference on Monday in Atlanta. The Big 12 starts that day, too, in Frisco, Texas. The Big 10 and Ohio Valley Conference have their media days beginning July 23. The Pac-12 will take place July 25.
There will be eye-rolling storylines from those Power Five media days — like Kirby Smart’s reaction to the Lincoln Riley comments about how his defense would do in the Big 12, how Tennessee will fare under first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt, the new redshirt rules, legalization of gambling on sports, etc. — but that just means the clock is winding down on the offseason and teams will be lining up to kick off the new season before you know it.
P.S. If your team is involved in a scoring fest, it’s OK to give credit to the other team and not say your defense is terrible.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Correspondent Chris Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChrisBrown_AL.