The college football season is underway and nobody cares in New England.
OK, I'm exaggerating. There are plenty of parents and girlfriends of local college gridders to care about the football fortunes of Boston College, UMass, UConn, Harvard and Holy Cross.
But outside of New York City it would be hard to find a place more apathetic toward college football.
Too bad. The college game was practically invented in the northeast and greater Boston today is the home of more colleges and universities than any place in America. It's just that we don't have much modern football around here and there aren't many fans who care. We are a pro sports town and it's almost impossible for big programs from BC and UConn to get any ink or airtime. College football is way down the food chain on our sports smorgasbord.
Three years ago Boston College's team was ranked second in the nation for two weeks, but hardly anybody in New England noticed. The region at that time was consumed by the Red Sox surge toward a second World Championship, and the Patriots March toward 18-0 and a Super Bowl date in Glendale, Ariz.
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On October 2, Boston College will play host to Notre Dame and the whole world will hear about the Mark Herzlich story. Too bad New England sports fans will be consumed with the moribund Red Sox playing at Fenway against the Yankees and the Patriots gearing up for a massive Monday night game against the division-rival Miami Dolphins.
That's just the way it goes. We are a professional sports town.
Which explains why nobody in Boston is looking forward to Penn State-Alabama or Miami-Ohio State on TV this weekend. It's all about the Patriots opening against the Bengals and the Red Sox annual elimination party.
The University of Connecticut football team played at Michigan in front of 113,090 Saturday. In Sunday's
Would you believe that Holy Cross once played in the Orange Bowl (1946)? Up until the 1970s, the Crusaders regularly scheduled Syracuse, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Army and Boston College. Now they're playing Howard.
Way back in the day, both Harvard (1920) and Brown (1916) played in the Rose Bowl. That's like finding out that
Boston College has played in bowl games for 11 consecutive seasons, but few are impressed with appearances in B-line bowl games sponsored by car parts. It's not like the golden days of the 1940s when the Eagles played in the Cotton, Sugar and Orange Bowls. BC's last taste of the big time was in the mid 1980s when
A lot of those Eagle freshmen will be wearing their gold T-shirts when the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame come to Chestnut Hill three weeks from Saturday. It's be a big deal on campus and on national television. Too bad hardly anyone in Boston will be watching.
After the season in which the Eagles were ranked second in the country, BC head coach
The Jets wanted to interview him for their head-coaching vacancy. He wanted to go to a place where people cared about the local football team. That's not happening in college in Boston in this century.