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Old 11-19-2012   #1
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Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though
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You are gonna start a serious war on here. But since you asked, why don't you pick the team that has the most exciting conference, up and coming coach and player - go Aggies.
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You are gonna start a serious war on here. But since you asked, why don't you pick the team that has the most exciting conference, up and coming coach and player - go Aggies.
Or you can go with history, tradition, and a talented freshman QB as well.

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I would recommend trying to squeeze in a trip to Dallas for the Red River Shootout if you are going with the Horns. One of the iconic college experiences.

Are you a Rangers fan by chance?
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LONGHORNS BABY!!!!

Just watch a handful of games of various conferences and see who you end up pulling for?

I think we can all agree you should like a Texas team
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Lonhorns, if you want a Texas team that has won a national championship during our lifetime.
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Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though
University of Houston or better known os UH. They are moving to the Big East from conference USA next season and "should" get a lot more national television time, not to mention they will be become a BCS school which will also help them recruit some of the better atletes from around the country.

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I would say the Irish but since your Welsh, I guess there's a difference? JK...why not go for the team that is an underdog?

My parents never had the luxury of going to college but my dad roots for teams that remind him of the college football glory days (teams that are similar to the 1980s Hurricanes, 1990s Huskers, etc) whereas my mom will root for the underdog.

If you like tradition and excellence then consider the Victors:

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i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.
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i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.
I was brain washed early (first football game in my life) it helps for those being over seas to pick a team shown a lot nationally. The one thing ND does I respect the most is that when they face the academies they always walk over and sing their Alma mater song. Out of respect for them.
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i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.


And a very fine decision to be sure.

Great year to be a Texan and Irish fan. Been a long time coming to be able to say that.

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Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though
WT I am going at this from a different directions than others and maybe in a way you are not interested. I only watch college to discover prospects for NFL and more importantly Texans. Basically I watched Alabama, University of Texas and LSU as they are consistently ranked and more importantly on television a lot. All 3 have placed players into NFL on both sides of the ball.

Others I have watched but who imo are less consistant are Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Baylor (recently) and Arkansas. It has been a pleasure and an extreme help to get feedback from my 3 Amigos mock draft partners Beerlover and Rmartin65. We each have different teams & players from all over the country we exchange info on. We have been friends for years and we can critique, question and give heads up to each other on players we discover. There are few guys on this MB that I can say "What the heck are you talking about?" without pissing the guy off. We freely exchange opinions, gut feelings as well as facts & have no hurt feelings. Well, at least they still PM me. lol
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I'd recommend Notre Dame if you are in Wales. I can't imagine you will consistently see many games of other teams in that part of the world, unless you are OK with streaming them over the net illegally and at poor quality. Also there's a good chance you're Catholic, so if you are that's a plus for ND. They played a game in Ireland this past year, so if they continue to do that, you might be able to easily make one of their games.

Other than accessibility, I can't really think of a defining factor to choose another team aside from interesting players. Obviously Texas A&M will be interesting with Manziel at QB for the next 2-3 years, but I doubt you will see more than 1-2 of their games on TV in Wales. USC has a great WR in Lee who will be entertaining to watch, possibly a #1 pick in the making. Oregon has a bright future with an excellent freshman QB and an entertaining spread offense. He should be one of the Heisman frontrunners next year.

Lots to choose from if you didn't attend an American college, the field is wide open.
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I wasn't a college ball fan till I lived in Nebraska.

Now I am a Huskers fan through and through.

The college game day experience is approximately 1,701,423 times better than the NFL (in my limited experience). The football is ALOT worse than the pros but you get that with all lower tier competitions (like Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby).

Pick a school with tradition.

And don't pick the Longhorns.

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I wasn't a college ball fan till I lived in Nebraska.

Now I am a Huskers fan through and through.

The college game day experience is approximately 1,701,423 times better than the NFL (in my limited experience). The football is ALOT worse than the pros but you get that with all lower tier competitions (like Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby).

Pick a school with tradition.

And don't pick the Longhorns.

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I was in a restaurant in Austin and one of the guys there was watching the LSU A&M game cheering for LSU. Dude had a Longhorns t-shirt on. People in Austin have a horrible case of ex-girlfriend-itis. All my Longhorn buddies from high school do. I remember the crap they gave me when A&M transitioned to the SEC. One of them was so bold as to say that the Aggies wouldn't win a single game.

Fortunately they all owe me money now, because A&M finished the season ranked higher than UT. Most enjoyable 500 bucks I've ever made xD
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Being from Canada, I've had the same issue trying to pick a college team. Years ago, when I first started following college ball, I decided to follow USC because my own high school mascot was the Trojan. That lasted all of one season as they won the National Championship with Bush/Leinart and I couldn't help but feel turned off by the fact I was jumping on a teams bandwagon during such a successful period in their history. It just didn't feel right. Following that, I went back to becoming a college football nomad and a casual fan until three seasons ago when my good friend moved in with me. He's a diehard Florida St fan and got me into the NCAA game more than ever before. It was here that I decided to make a list of desirable qualities I wanted in a team. This is what I wanted...

-Close enough to comfortably travel on a yearly/bi-yearly basis to catch a home game
-Relevant conference = nationally televised games occasionally
-Nice jerseys/gear
-Track record of sending guys to the pros (at least occasionally)
-Not a national powerhouse, but...
-Could someday put together a program that could contend for a major bowl.

I was initially drawn to Tennessee. Calgary-Knoxville can be done in 6 hours with a layover in Denver, they're always on TV, I love the orange. They seemed like an ideal program to grow with as they tried to rebuild. Unfortunately, Lane Kiffin started spouting off around the same time and I was so disgusted his arrogance and what was coming out of his mouth that I was totally turned off to the program.

After further consideration, I found Cal. Calgary- San Fran is a direct flight for me which is convenient. Living out west we got a ton of Pac-10 (12) games on tv. I think their jerseys look really sharp. They send lots of guys to play on Sunday which has made NFL games even more interesting for me. Mostly tho, I love that they have so much untapped potential as a program given their close proximity to star recruits and the quality of their recently renovated stadium/athletic facilities. They're in the dumps right now thanks to the Tedford/Maynard/Allen debacle this season but with a good coach their is no reason they couldn't rise up and play with the big dogs again.

Anyways, this has become long-winded but I definitely recommend getting into college ball. Following recruiting for your team in late December/January is an absolute rollercoaster with guys committing/decommitting on an almost daily basis. It is unlike anything the NFL has to offer and the drama of it all is immense. Extremely entertaining.

Good luck! Let us know who you decide on. More importantly, don't feel bad if you don't "click" with the first team you decide. Over time you will find a program that just feels right.
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