Why The Season Needs To Stay In Its Traditional Time Of Year
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com College Football Blogger
There is some talk about moving college football to the spring.
You know, the time of the year when you’re starting to mow the grass again, falling asleep on the couch to Spring Training or early-season baseball game, when March means madness and St. Patrick’s Day.
Not race-to-the-TV to spend your Saturdays watching college football.
Yes, the COVID-19 situation has left college football – as well as the NFL – in a difficult decision spot. Do you play the games with fans, without fans, without fans with crowd noise pumped in for the TV audience?
Personally, I feel America needs college football in the fall almost as much as it needs a vaccination. And I also feel college football belongs in the fall, not in the spring.
First of all, let’s talk practically here. If the season were put off until the spring, that would pretty much ruin things for the fall season in 2021. You can’t play two full seasons just months apart from one another. It would be better just to cancel the 2020 season and start fresh with spring football practices and the inter-squad game to prepare for the coming fall.
Also, fans have plans for the spring they don’t have for the fall.
But beyond that, college football and all football for that matter, belongs in the fall.
One reason football belongs in the fall is the weather. Come mid-October in places like Ann Arbor, Columbus and Happy Valley, the temperatures turn cold, the wind begins to blow and the snow starts swirling, giving games an extra bit of intrigue and excitement.
Another tis that rivalries take place at traditional times in the fall – Alabama-Tennessee on the Third Saturday of October, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party on Halloween Weekend and Rivalry Week around Thanksgiving. It just wouldn’t be the same to play, say, the Iron Bowl in May.
Or the championship in June.
Football in the spring is for sort-lived leagues like the XFL, not college football.