Football News, Front and Center

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This week, the focus of SayCampusLife.com has been on football more than academics. That certainly isn’t the balance we want with this site, but recent events demonstrate just how important collegiate athletics are to so many people.

college footballOn Tuesday, we focused on the tragedy of Jasper T. (Jazz) Howard’s death, the star University of Connecticut cornerback who was murdered in the early hours of Sunday morning on the UConn campus. As of this writing, one arrest has been made and more arrests are expected. The UConn campus is in mourning even as the Huskies prepare to face West Virginia on the road this Saturday, with a tribute expected to take place before the start of the game.

On Wednesday, we learned about Playoff PAC, a political action committee formed in a bid to bring about a college football playoff system for Division 1-A schools. Right now, all of the other football divisions have playoffs while the biggest programs must settle for the bowl championship series (BCS) which arbitrarily selects a national champion after a mythical title game in January.

Today, its all about what we typically talk about once each week – this weekend’s action. And, as we enter the second half of the season, the stakes are being turned up yet another notch.

Texas Christian at Brigham Young – BYU got hammered a few weeks back by a Florida State team that is now 2-4. Still, they’re ranked #16 and will be hosting the #8 Horned Frogs in a battle of BCS busters. Including #18 Utah, the Mountain West Conference has three nationally ranked teams, a tribute to the strength of this “mid-major” league.

Connecticut at West Virginia – The Mountaineers are ranked #23 and will be hosting the wounded Huskies who are mourning the death of Jazz Howard. Will UConn remember Jazz by presenting fans with a surprise win?

Penn State at Michigan – The Nittany Lions bring their defense to Michigan in a bid to solidify themselves in the Big Ten race. Though Iowa now has the lead, Coach Paterno knows that winning out their schedule will certainly help. Don’t expect Michigan to roll over and play dead, because at 5-2, the Wolverines want to set their own bowl destiny.

Florida at Mississippi State – #1 Florida barely beat Arkansas last week in what was considered by many to be a trap game. But how about this weekend’s match against the 3-4 Bulldogs? Florida hasn’t won in Starkville since 1985 and better not forget just how close LSU came to losing to the Bulldogs during the fourth game of the season.

As always, have a great weekend watching your favorite teams do battle.

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