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Midweek Musings - The Struggle is Real

I seen better days

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So, anyone else on the struggle bus right now?

In a different universe, we’d be talking about how our top 10 (5?) Nittany Lions looked against Kent State, and talking about the upcoming trip to Blacksburg. Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth would be working on their final, hopefully All-American seasons, and we’d all have the date against OSU circled on our calendar as THE game that could finally get the Lions over the hump, and into the playoffs.

Instead, this past weekend, we saw games like Marshall-Eastern Kentucky, Army-Middle Tennessee, and Memphis-Arkansas State lead the docket. The best game, at least on paper, was the showdown between BYU and Navy - which turned into a 55-3 laugher, due at least in part to the fact that Navy had not been practicing with tackles due to COVID-19.

It could be the quality of the competition, but I just did not care about college football this past weekend. I tuned in to a combined 10 minutes of college football the entire weekend. With the B1G and the Pac-12 (wisely) opting out, this season now just feels like a sham to me. And I cannot get interested in it.

Week 2 promises an uptick in quality of games, with gems like Syracuse-UNC, Duke-Notre Dame, and Clemson-Wake Forest on the schedule. But I still can’t seem to bring myself to care.

Is anyone else struggling like this? Or am I alone in thinking that without PSU (and bigger picture, two of the five P5 conferences) that college football is just kind of there this year. Add in that even with the other conferences plowing ahead, top NFL draft prospects across the country are pulling out of the season, and it just seems like this season is a bit of a waste.

In any case, if anyone else feels this way, know you’re not alone. If it’s just me, well then I’ll be over here wrapped up in my misery until (hopefully) this time next year, when we can all get back to normal.

Until then, cheers.