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Ashway's Annual Ode to College Football
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Forsyth County News

The changing leaves in sunlight shine;

Tailgate parties with smells divine!

An atmosphere that’s full of cheer;

The college football time of year!

High hopes in the Classic City;

This Georgia team shall seek no pity.

These Dogs think, at the very least,

They should repeat and win the East.

Todd Grantham’s defense came on strong

Like Junkyard Dogs revered in song.

When they start to hand out bones

First in line is Jarvis Jones.

Ten starters back on this fine crew

Help an offense with linemen new.

And if the Dogs can run the ball

Good times await throughout the fall.

Now here’s sad news from on The Flats:

Paul Johnson’s wearing fewer hats.

We enjoyed this caballero

In his cute Sun Bowl sombrero.

Tech’s special teams have their own coach.

The offense Johnson still will broach.

Their running game’s the nation’s pride

Defensive foes fit to be tied.

And now it seems like coach Al Groh

Will have his defense on the go.

We’ll learn a lot on Labor Day

When at Va-Tech the Jackets play.

Alabama won last year’s crown;

Coach Nick almost forgot to frown.

Now for the Tide, a bigger test:

Can they win the SEC West?

Though this new season’s not begun

LSU’s ranked Number One.

Tiger chests were swelled with pride

Until their Honey Badger fried.

Petrino crashed his motor bike

And then was told to take a hike.

Hogs cast their fate with John L. Smith

Whose coaching genius is a myth.

Is Auburn’s Chizik feeling blue?

His two coordinators — new.

Michael Dyer has left the fold;

And will Van Gorder’s defense hold?

The Ol’ Ball Coach would like to see

His Gamecocks win the SEC.

This fall SC will have much fun

If Lattimore stays on the run.

Will Muschamp, down in Gatorland

Has the most talent in the land.

But ran an offense far too bland

And left his defense pounding sand.

At long last Vandy on the rise;

No longer does a win surprise.

Need proof?  They open this year’s slate

With a national TV date.

UK remains a roundball school;

Poor Joker’s just another fool.

Here’s good news for the white and blue:

Last year they finished two and two!

Poor Tennessee’s been down and out;

Too many games became a rout.

Now Dooley says his program’s sound

His Vols just won’t be kicked around.

Say this much for Florida State:

The Noles’ defense just might be great.

But if they want to win it all

They’d better learn to run the ball.

Clemson could be good, they say

If their defense comes to play.

But scoring points should be no chore;

We love what Tajh Boyd has in store.

Sooner defense needed a boost

So coach Mike Stoops came home to roost.

The offense, though, is sure to shine.

That Landry Jones!  He’s oh so fine.

The Texas Longhorns could surprise;

There’s too much talent not to rise.

The defense surely will strike fear,

But will a quarterback appear?

On, Wisconsin! The fight song goes.

With their fine backs, they smell the Rose.

The offense best stay on its toes;

The Badgers have defensive woes.

The Wolverines will go for broke

In Year Two with Brady Hoke.

Success following ol’ Bo’s plan:

Michigan’s coach:  a Michigan man!

The Buckeyes get Urban Renewal;

Most Gators now think he’s a tool.

To the Big Ten he’ll add some zest.

I wonder: will he wear a vest?

Land Kiffin, though nobody’s pal,

Now set to roll at Southern Cal.

The passing game?  Best in the land.

Could lead them to the Promised Land.

But Oregon could have its day

When rival Trojans come to play.

The Quack Attack—second to none.

And now Duck defense joins the fun.

At last the time for talk is done;

Let’s start the games. Let’s have some fun!

And may your school go on a run

Finishing up as number one!