I’m not sure my TV remote can withstand many more days like this past Saturday.
As anyone who reads my blogs knows, I like college football. On a typical Saturday in the fall, I will spend hours in front of a television taking in as much action as I can. From the time the first games kick off at 11 a.m. until the final game ends, I’m in pigskin heaven, switching back and forth, trying to keep up with as many games as possible.
This past Saturday was even better than most, with the outcome of nearly every game undecided until the final seconds.
I began the day watching the first half of the Florida-Troy game, one of the day’s few blowouts. At halftime, I switched to ESPN and watched the second half of Wisconsin’s overtime win over Fresno State. When that game ended, I tuned to ESPN2 just in time to see Central Michigan kick a last-second field goal to upset Michigan State.
Things really got interesting when the afternoon games started. I primarily watched the UCLA-Tennessee game on ESPN, which wasn’t decided until the final minute. All the while, I was keeping tabs on the Michigan-Notre Dame game on ABC, a seesaw game won by Michigan on a touchdown with 11 seconds to play. Fox Sports Southwest was showing Houston’s 45-35 upset of Oklahoma State.
Saturday’s prime time games proved to be more of the same. I was flipping between the USC–Ohio State game on ESPN (won by USC on a late TD) and Georgia’s 41-37 win over South Carolina on ESPN2. I was also able to see the final minutes of Jacksonville State’s near upset of Florida State on my laptop, thanks to ESPN360.com. I also cheated and watched some of the NASCAR race on ABC.
The day wasn’t over, yet. There were still games on the West Coast that had to be watched. Oregon defeated Purdue 38-36 in an entertaining, high-scoring game. When that game ended, I was able to watch Utah hold off an upset bid by San Jose State, 24-14. That left only one game still in progress, and, naturally, it went down to the wire, as Oregon State kicked a field goal on the game’s final play to defeat UNLV 23-21.
It was approaching 2 a.m. when I finally felt that it was safe to go to bed without missing any action.
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