Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/27/13
As the college football season begins to wrap up with the final regular season games being played this week and next, an assortment of conference championship games coming up and bowl match-ups becoming official, we at Crystal Ball Run wanted to extend our thanks to our readers and supporters this season. We have had our ups and downs in a year of some transitions on our site, but we have tried to introduce some new things and appreciate the support we have received from you along the way. We're also thankful for college football. Here are some things some members of our staff are thankful for. Please feel free to share your own thanks in the comment section below... Tom Perry: The simple answer would be to say I'm thankful for college football in general. For eight months a year we have to live without the games, and get our fix from recruiting and spring practice. But it's not that simple. College football fans have to be thankful for what has happened at USC. When Pat Haden dismissed Lane Kiffin it looked like the Trojans were a train wreck.That's also when the nation got a close-up look at Ed Orgeron. Coach O was supposed to be a stopgap until Haden could convince someone like Jon Gruden, Kevin Sumlin or Steve Sarkisian to take the gig in December. But Orgeron just keeps winning games and winning more supporters. So I'd love to see USC beat UCLA and then see if Haden stick with Coach O. Kevin Causey: I did a post similar to this a couple of years ago and I find my tastes really haven't changed. I am thankful for the great rivalries (Georgia/Florida, Alabama/Auburn, Oklahoma/Texas, etc) and the larger than life coaches (Les Miles, Lane Kiffin, Bret Bielema, etc) that are always good for a sound bite. I'm thankful for parity and how just about anybody can beat anybody on any given Saturday. I'm thankful for walk-ons who pay their dues and then finally get a chance to shine. I'm thankful for players like Georgia's Hutson Mason, who stick it out and wait for their shot instead of taking the easy way out and transferring at the drop of a hat. As a Georgia alum, I'm thankful for Mark Richt. The Bulldogs could not have a better man representing our program. As a blogger, I'm thankful for the opportunity to write for this site and also all of the other great blogs out there that pump out good content for fans like myself that can't get enough of this sport. Kevin McGuire:  One of the best things about college football that separates itself from other sporting options, for me, is the pageantry and tradition of a rivalry. It is something you just cannot duplicate in the professional level in any sport and it stands out more in football than in other sports such as basketball. In football you get one chance at your top rival, and with victory comes a year of bragging rights. Sadly in the great conference realignment shift over the past few years we have seen some fine rivalries sacrificed in favor of bigger conference and media revenue shares. Sure, new rivalries will develop over time but there is just something wrong with not seeing Texas and Texas A&M every year. The same holds true for Pittsburgh and West Virginia, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and Utah and BYU. My dad still cannot get past the idea that Penn State is not playing Pittsburgh every year and that rivalry snapped their annual meetings once Pittsburgh joined the Big East and Penn State joined the Big Ten. Thankfully, we still have a number of great rivalries that we will get to watch this weekend, next weekend and the weekend after that. Clemson vs. South Carolina. Alabama vs. Auburn. Ohio State vs. Michigan. Army vs. Navy. There is still a rightful seat at the table for rivalry and tradition in college football, and for that I am thankful. Aaron Torres: What I am thankful for in college football? Wow, that’s like asking who my favorite Victoria’s Secret model is. Or my favorite flavor of ice cream? Where do you even begin? I’m thankful for it all. Thankful for Alabama rolling over their opponents, but also thankful that just about anyone can get upset on any given Saturday. Thankful that in a world of $4 million head coaches and where teams have 25 quality control assistants, Ed Orgeron turned USC’s season around with Roscoe’s and a trip to the movies. I’m thankful for Rich Rod’s spread and David Shaw’s refusal to do anything but run right at you. I’m thankful that Urban Meyer is now at Ohio State after a year away, and hopeful Chip Kelly will be too in no time. Thankful for the crowds from Autzen to Atlanta, and Death Valley at night, both at Clemson and LSU. As Tom said though, I’m mostly just thankful that for every Saturday from the beginning of September until the middle of December I wake up thinking I know everything that’s about to happen, only to have five things pop up that we could’ve never imagined. Basically, I’m just thankful for college football; the best sport there is.    Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Subscribe to our newsletter, podcast and YouTube channel.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Zach LaVine dedicates dunk contest win to Flip Saunders

Alleged Manning sexual assault cited in Tennessee lawsuit

Arian Foster: It's hard for me to watch football

Isaiah Thomas recruiting players at All-Star weekend

Report: Charles Woodson joining ESPN's Sunday NFL crew

Best and worst from NBA All-Star Saturday night

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Klay Thompson can't go home unless he beats Steph Curry in 3-Point contest

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

Fans want Floyd Mayweather to buy their soccer team

Tennessee shares Valentines-themed photo of packed stadium

NY Post writer takes harsh shot at Jason Pierre-Paul

LaVine, Gordon put on best NBA dunk contest in years

WATCH: Thompson beats teammate Curry in 3-point contest

NFL teams, players hand out awesome Valentines

Earl Campbell ‘disappointed’ in Johnny Manziel, wants to help

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA skills challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker