Is Labor Day weekend the most exciting week in college football? | The Tylt
Is Labor Day weekend the most exciting week in college football?
When bowl season ends, there is a depression that falls over every college football fan. For the next eight months, no meaningful snaps of NCAA football occur. Sure, there is spring ball, but it's like eating McDonald's when you really want In-N-Out—it's just not the same.
Eight months have passed since Clemson was crowned the national champion. Eight months have passed, and every day until opening week, the excitement builds, only to be let out in body paint, intimidating chants and the roar of the crowd. This is what happens every Labor Day weekend.
Bowl season is the culmination of a three-ish month season. Labor Day is the explosion of a torturous eight-month stretch where there are no bands or student athletes competing on the gridiron. Every year, the pageantry of opening weekend grows with different "kick off" bowls and huge matchups in neutral site games.
New Years used to be college football's day in the sun. Now, it's Labor Day weekend that belongs to the sport.
Opening weekend is a sight for sore eyes, but let's not pretend it is the most exciting week in college football. While it is great to see the sport back after such a long hiatus, there's really nothing on the line this early in the season. The better matchups occur later in the year, when conference titles are on the line, or when a team comes out of nowhere to the shock of more established schools.
Championship week is incredible because every game means something. Conference championships mean bragging rights, goals met and recruiting pitches solidified. Bowl season may be oversaturated, but who doesn't like to see their team hoist a trophy, get some money for the school and end their season on a high note?
Labor Day weekend is a great celebration marking the return of college football, but it isn't the sport's most exciting week—not by a long shot.