22 thoughts for 2022, n° 16

22 college football thoughts for 2022, #16: NFL announcers are fine, but college stars are better… and we can’t lose them to the next level


22 thoughts on college football for 2022

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– 2022 college football schedules: all 131 teams

22 thoughts on college football for 2022
22, college football is changing, and that’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, do you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good whether you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. The transfer portal will only get bigger

16. Here’s the deal, the NFL broadcast world…

The NFL hates to admit that certain aspects of the college game are better.

The college version of instant proofreading…better.

Overtime system – as contrived as it may be… better.

Rivalries and traditions… much better.

Halftime length… okay, so the NFL wins this by seven touchdowns, but there is one area that college football has in the entire NFL.

1) Pre-game broadcasts and, with some exceptions, calls to college games that I will not be attending, 2) announcers.

Nothing against all the hard-working, more-than-knowledgeable people who broadcast NFL shows, but there’s a reason Peyton and Eli have made it so easy for fans to step away from the normal appeal of a game – and why ESPN spent a trillion dollars on Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Oh, sure, there’s Al Michaels, and Buck is terrific — he’s so unfairly stubborn — but the NFL announce teams are all… fine.

It’s the NFL. He likes things to be uniform, which is why Tony Romo can be clumsy and he sounds like a breath of fresh air.

Now find the NFL announcer team who have as much fun calling a game as Mark Jones and Robert Griffin III when they’re shooting.

There will never be another Keith Jackson, but Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit are way better than you think. The NFL figured out that Herbstreit would also be fantastic for his broadcasts, as he teams up with Michaels on Thursday Night Football from Amazon. This is where you have to stop.

Sure, they’re professional talents who can be great at juggling different levels of football – certainly Jackson has done other sports with no problem and Fowler is great with his tennis work – but having signature voices when it comes to football university.

It is part of the identity of the sport. Having a side hustle is fine, but top college advertisers and analysts need to stick around.

Eventually, the NFL is going to figure out how miserable the pablum of its major network pre-game shows are — seriously, the NFL, less fluffy-talking ex-jocks and big-brand coaches — and that will steal it all College GameDay crew. Everyone tries to imitate him now for every sport, but it’s just not the same. It’s not as authentic.

So here’s the deal, NFL.

Yeah, fine, college football lends you Herbstreit for Thursday night games, and college football gets Peyton and Eli for the Tuesday night MACtion and the occasional Saturday afternoon SEC showdown. The Mannings actually prefer academia, anyway.

Costs?

22 thoughts on college football for 2022
22, college football is changing, and that’s okay
21, Texas & Oklahoma, do you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good whether you like it or not
19. James Madison, welcome to the show
18. Sun Belt is the cool conference
17. The transfer portal will only get bigger

– 2022 college football schedules: all 131 teams

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