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Forget college basketball, give me college football

Published 11:19am Thursday, March 21, 2013

Remember a few years ago on American Idol, when Simon Cowell told Kellie Pickler after her performance that “she was just so-so”?
Remember what she immediately asked Simon? It went something like this: “You don’t like country music, do you?” Pickler asked.
“No, I actually hate it,” Cowell replied.
Well that is exactly how I feel about the basketball that is played today.
I was once and avid hoops fan, but that is no longer the case. I will not elaborate or opine on my diminishing affection for basketball. I will tell you that until they change the image the game portrays and the way the players portray themselves, I will boycott the game.
What I will talk about is this — college football is alive and well.
If you are not paying attention to what has become a year-round process in college football, the world of recruiting is not in hibernation and is going strong, even as college football camps are open for spring ball for 2013. In the world of competitive college athletics, there is no down time, especially when it comes to recruiting blue-chip athletes.
That is exactly the case for the 2014 recruiting trail. Just about every high profile college football program hosts at least one major camp, if not multiple camps during the off-season.
Everything from the Nike camps to the Elite 11, to the seven-on-sevens and the list goes on.
If you are a head coach and you want to keep being able to make your mortgage payment, you had better find a way to multitask, coach what you have in camp and keep your eyes scanning the nation for the next crop of student-athletes who will secure your job for a couple more years.
In the dominant Southeastern Conference, there are no less than 10 teams who could change positions in the standings by just adding a couple of impact players.
The burning question I hear is this — Can anyone slow down Alabama? The Crimson Tide is coming off yet another BCS championship and a top-three recruiting class.
The answer is yes, but the way it will happen may surprise you. One or even two teams may find a way to beat defeat Alabama but over the stretch of an entire season, it must be a group effort.
Until this past national signing day, only LSU, Georgia and Florida would historically finish near the top of the recruiting standings.
2013 should have been a wake-up-call for all SEC programs. Point: Mississippi landed in the top 10 for the first time in the era of the Internet.
As I mentioned previously, to dethrone Alabama will take a group effort.
With new addition to the conference Texas A&M finishing No. 6 in recruiting while No. 7 through No. 10 were Florida, LSU, Georgia and Mississippi, the gang just may be ready to pounce like a pack of wolves.
Auburn closed strong with a No. 14 finish and the surgeons from Vanderbilt carved their way into the No. 20 position. Mississippi State also had an encouraging off-season, ending up No. 21.
What does all of this mean for the rest of the nation? It means that beginning in 2014, when college football goes to a four-team playoff, the entire nation of college football is playing for probably two spots.
It is highly conceivable that the SEC will have two teams eligible and voted into the playoffs.
Translation: Nothing changes from the BCS era of college football.
Now that I got this out of my system, I will update the world of college baseball next week.
Until next time…
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.

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