This list ranks only a little higher than the last Top Ten list I put together on my day off. However, it does come from the heart. I don’t have many sports-related vices. I’m not a Monday night football guy. I don’t take off on Fridays to play golf with my buddies. I couldn’t care less about the NBA’s (seemingly) year ’round season. But I do love college football. So, here’s my list of my favorite college football teams.
And… unlike most of my other Top Ten lists, this one is in particular order.
1.) The University of Georgia Bulldogs. If I had written that in the 1980s (during my formative highschool and college years), folks might have said, “Well, that’s not real courageous.” They might have said that because my beloved Bulldogs won a national title and came in second during those years. (It’s also when the Great One was there.) They routinely beat the Gators (that’s right children… there was a time when the Bulldogs could actually beat the Gators).
But a couple of decades later, my statement that the Bulldogs are my favorite team is a true sign of commitment. (Cheering for them over the last few seasons has given me cause to think that perhaps I need to be committed.)
I grew up not too far down the road from Athens (during my elementary school years). That’s where I became a fan. When we moved to Orange Park (i.e., Jacksonville) in 1976, there was no compelling reason to change allegiances because there were as many Georgia fans around then as fans for any other team.
No, I didn’t go to UGA for college (I needed a smaller learning environment if hoped to ever graduate). However, my sister kept the Tedder dream alive by going there. More importantly, she met and became friends with the future Mrs. Tedder while she was there. So I’m eternally grateful for Georgia in that respect as well.
My wife and I have brainwashed… I mean, passed down our love for the Bulldogs to our children, though one of my children also likes the Gators. Of course, growing up with Georgia teams that seldom if ever beat the Gators, who can blame him?
So that’s my number one pick: Go Dawgs!
2.) The Rest of the SEC
3.) doesn’t matter
4.) doesn’t matter
5.) doesn’t matter
6.) doesn’t matter
7.) doesn’t matter
8.) doesn’t matter
9.) doesn’t matter
Last.) Notre Dame, Ohio State, University of Southern California, Michigan