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Ashway: An Ode to College Football

Now let us raise a glass of cheer.

O! How we love this time of year!

When passions fly for teams held dear;

The college football season’s here!

 

Tech’s coming off a rebound year.

Their win in Athens raised great cheer.

Three-and-oh against the SEC;

And now they start with Tennessee.

 

They also wonder just who fills

The big hole left by Dedrick Mills.

They’ll have a quarterback who’s new;

Will that slow down Paul Johnson’s crew?

 

The jury’s out on Kirby Smart.

He didn’t have the finest start.  

For Dawgs to take it to the hilt

The lads must first beat Vanderbilt.

 

Their defense has ten starters back;

Most foes won’t know how to attack.

But the real key to Georgia’s fate:

Can their o-line just pull their weight?

 

Gator fans shake their heads and frown

With more suspensions handed down.

Enough to drive coach Jim insane,

And send their season down the drain?

 

Butch Jones would like you all to know

His Vols won nine, twice in a row!

Here’s a fact that’s not so dandy:

He’s two-and-two against Vandy.

 

For the ‘Dores, things are looking up;

Now, conference foes they think they’ll whup.

Along those lines, this you should know:

Georgia’s their homecoming foe!

 

Nick Saban’s Tide should be the best.

A conference title they should wrest.

They’ve come to own the SEC;

None in their right mind disagree.

 

Some folks have Auburn in the mix,

And Jarrett Stidham fuels their picks.

We think Gus has a lot to fix;

Three years of losses, five or six.

 

Will LSU’s offense suffice

On carries by Darrius Guice?

We’ll see if coach “O” has the wiles

To make their fans forget coach Miles.

 

Such troubles Ole Miss has to face:

Hugh Freeze left campus in disgrace.

More NCAA troubles loom

The future’s one of gloom and doom.

 

The Seminoles will try to tame

Both teams from last year’s title game.

To win them both is quite a task;

If so, in glory ‘Noles will bask.

 

If Deshaun Watson’s still around

Clemson might just be title bound.

Coach Swinney’s cats will still be tough

But losing such a player’s rough.

 

Nine wins for Mark Richt’s Hurricanes;

Oh my!  How some things stay the same.

Last year they won their final five;

A Coastal crown might be no jive.

 

At Louisville, are all things fine?

Petrino can’t win more than nine.

Among their tough non-conference slate:

Purdue, Kent State, and Murray State.

 

The big news at Duke, we must say:

A knee replacement for coach K.

For basketball, Duke fans can’t wait.

Can coach Cut top his four-and-eight?

 

Trying to crack the Power Five

South Florida might well survive.

They welcomed new coach Charlie Strong;

When Texas told him, “Git along.”

 

Touchdown Jesus remains displeased

And Brian Kelley’s on his knees.

At four-and-eight there’s just no way

A Notre Dame head coach should stay.

 

Ohio State will always rate

As long as Urban holds their fate.

Last season’s end was no Fiesta;

The offense took a big siesta.

 

How ‘bout those Lions of Penn State?

James Franklin’s crew sure came on late.

Trace McSorley throws with ease

And Saquon Barkley runs to please.

 

Michigan’s talent hit the road:

Left just five starters in the fold.

Jim Harbaugh’s great, but fans will pout

At a continued Buckeye drought.

 

Most say the Big Twelve’s fun to hate

But don’t say that to O-K State.

For Bedlam, sure, we just can’t wait;

Are they the best team in their state?

 

Boomer Sooner, whaddya say?

Now that coach Stoops has gone away.

Their talent level’s sure to please;

Will Riley live a life of ease?

 

The Longhorns have a brand new coach;

Houston’s Tom Herman they did poach.

If they lose seven once again

The coaching carousel might spin.

 

Out west, the Trojans just might be

The finest team that we shall see.

That Sam Darnold can really throw;

Remember last year’s Rose Bowl show?

 

Huskies defend their Pac-12 crown?

Coach Peterson is sure no clown.

They should beat all teams on their slate,

Secure another playoff date.

 

Now that we’ve shared this little Ode

We hope you’re in the football mode.

May your team have a fall that’s fun,

And make a run at Number One!