Almost like a Super Bowl
Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 10:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 10:19 a.m.
This is the first, a guinea pig for college football, this game disconnected from the other major bowls. A week after the traditional big bowl day, Florida and Ohio State will be the experiment to see if this new BCS model works.
But the one thing that is clear is that college football is using as its model the most successful event in American sports the Super Bowl.
Everything has that Super Bowl feel whether it's the credentials, the media hospitality rooms (plural, because there are two and one has Golden Tee and Pac-Man), the stadium and Friday's Media Day.
The biggest difference is that there isn't the number of media members you would see at a Super Bowl Media Day. You could sit in the stands and chat idly with almost any player. At the Super Bowl, it can be difficult to get a question in.
The one thing that was interesting was the different hair styles on the Ohio State players. There were mohawks and pony-tails, shaved heads and long hair.
Well, there was one more interesting thing lunch. Ribs and chicken and pork.
Most of the questions were sensible, another departure from the Super Bowl where you have celebrities asking questions and guys dressed like chickens asking questions.
Many of the questions concerned the long layoff for the teams. Ohio State has 50 days between games.
That's one of the things that will be evaluated Monday is did we overprepare or did we underprepare, Jim Tressel said. I wish I had the answer.
A lot of answers will come Monday night.
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