When there's nothing else to sell, there's always hope. We've combed through YouTube to find the best 34 season ticket videos. It's broken into three posts because if we put them all in one, it would take forever to load.
Teams featured in part 1: Kentucky, South Carolina, Northwestern, Missouri, Arizona, North Carolina State, Idaho, East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Temple, Kansas State and New Mexico State.
If you were sitting at home watching college football the night of Oct. 13, 2012, chances are you were alerted to what was happening in Shreveport. Scrappy Louisiana Tech was going toe-to-toe with big, bad Texas A&M of the Southeastern Conference in what arguably was the most exciting game of the season. The Aggies won, 59-57, and the teams combined for 1,293 yards and 64 first downs.
The Bulldog offense regularly put up pinball-like numbers in a nine-win season, but all that might change this fall. Sonny Dykes accepted the job at California and Skip Holtz, who was fired by South Florida after three seasons, takes over. Holtz promises to keep the offense humming, but with quarterback Colby Cameron gone and only seven starters returning overall, it will be a challenging task.
Louisiana Tech could be one of those teams everybody is talking about in September. The Bulldogs get a crack at Texas A&M, Houston, Virginia and Illinois before the first Saturday in October and given the team's continued improvement under Sonny Dykes, it wouldn't be out of the question for Louisiana Tech to give the big boys all they can handle. The Bulldogs should steamroll their way through the rest of the schedule and once again win the Western Athletic Conference title. But the days of a cushy league schedule will end in 2013 when the team moves to Conference USA.
Texas Christian took care of business in the Poinsettia Bowl with a 31-24 victory over Louisiana Tech, but the Horned Frogs had to rally from a 24-17 deficit in the third quarter to overcome the Bulldogs. Perhaps there was a reason for TCU's struggles. Coach Gary Patterson said afterward that he suspected the Bulldogs knew the Horned Frogs' signals, so he changed them at halftime.
The announced crowd was only 24,607, the smallest turnout in the seven-year history of the bowl. Bowl officials took a pass on inviting the hometown San Diego State Aztecs because they wanted to fill hotels, which pump about $400,000 annually to the Poinsettia and Holiday bowls. Perhaps matching two teams that travel light maybe wasn't the best idea. San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Tim Sullivan thinks the bowl should rethink its relationship with the Mountain West Conference, which runs through 2013.
College football officially has a problem. Instant replay has gotten in the way of the game.
Saturday's Hawaii-Louisiana Tech game took 3 hours 56 minutes to play. There were numerous stoppages, including a 22-minute delay in the second quarter while officials tried to figure if Hawaii had been given five downs to secure a first down.
It's not uncommon to see 7-10 stoppages per game to review on-field calls, but if replay is being used to keep track of downs, then it's time college football take another look at how the technology is being used.
Update: The Western Athletic Conference has issued an apology for the 22-minute delay in the game.