College Football: Early June Edition

College Football: Early June Edition

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It has been a few weeks since these pages have made mention of college football. With the college baseball season heating up, we’re obliged to afford some attention to America’s past time. Time’s up!

Despite the news cycle slowing a bit from the end of spring football until camp begins in early August, there is enough news going on to keep everyone’s attention. Few topics are worth a complete story, but should at least receive a mention during these languid days of June.

The Pinstripe Bowl Lives

Did you know that there is a bowl game played at Yankee Stadium? That would be the Pinstripe Bowl, matching teams from the Big East Conference with teams from the Big 12 Conference. Launched in 2010, the Big East has won all three games, but after this year the newly renamed American Athletic Conference and the Big 12 will no longer pair off.

Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten Conference will send a team to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, initiating an eight-year agreement. A team from the ACC will also play. The move means that the Big Ten will display its signage at all Yankee home games beginning in 2014 and will also raise the visibility of this lower-tier bowl. Imagine the joy of freezing your tush off in the Bronx in late December!

Just Extend It

When the 2014 college football season kicks off, the Big Ten Conference will feature schools with the three largest stadiums. That’s because Ohio State plans to add 2,500 seats to Ohio Stadium, bringing its capacity to 104,829 seats, moving ahead of Tennessee’s Nyland Stadium.

Ohio State’s announcement follows news that Texas A&M will add 20,000 seats to its stadium, making it the seventh college in the nation with a stadium holding at least 100,000 seats. Michigan Stadium has the largest capacity with 109,901 seats followed by Penn State’s Beaver Stadium with 106,572 seats. Alabama and Texas are other schools that have stadiums with six-digit seating capacity.

No Contact, Please

Football injuries, especially concussions, have been getting a lot of press lately. That’s good as those that get injured may receive brain damage leading to impairments in thinking and mobility that may not show up for decades later reports the Los Angeles Times.

In a bid to limit injuries, the Pac-12 Conference plans to implement a policy where member schools must limit the amount of contact during football practices this season. Its all part of the conference’s student-athlete health initiative designed to improve the safety and health of the league’s 7,000 student-athletes. A final ruling will be published in late July.

College Football Kickoff

The 2013 college football season kicks off the Thursday before Labor Day, with 17 games on Aug. 29. Five consecutive days of football games should get this season off to a rousing start with the SEC the prohibitive favorite to extend its championship run again.

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