American Football

(Part 2)

 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association of Football consists of 119 college football teams. There are over 100 players on each team. The NCAA Football season consists of 11 to 12 games. It all depends on what conference you are in, as there are 12 different conferences and each conference has its own rules. Many stadiums in college are built for a much larger fan base than the NFL. A usual college game attendance is around 80-100 thousand. The season starts in September and is over in January. Each team has a mascot and also has their own fight song. There is no playoff system in college football. There are polls that rank the teams on a weekly basis throughout the regular season. These polls are determined by the Associated Press. At the end of the season there are numerous bowls. Each bowl is about a financial benefit for that city, company, and school. There are 5 major championship games, the National Championship, the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. The number 1 team plays the number 2 team in the National Championship. For all the other bowls, there are pre-determined conferences entitled to those games. The NCAA has been criticized by fans and analysts from across America because certain colleges that have a better overall season record cannot play in these major bowl games as other top colleges because the conference they play in is primarily of smaller schools who play a weak regular season schedule.

Of the players who make it to the NFL after graduating from college, most find it physically demanding on their bodies because the NFL plays 16 regular season games compared to the 11-12 games the NCAA plays. The season could be even longer if the team makes it to the post-season then there is a possibility of playing 3-4 more games. It usually takes a collegiate graduate one to two seasons to fully adjust to the physical demands of the NFL. The players also start to realize that their body needs more time to relax and heal after some games because they are getting older in age. The reason for this is because all of their football lives, these players never had to play football all year round. Even though the season in the NFL is only from August to February, the players report to training camps in June and many of these players work out with their own personal trainers prior to training camp. The NFL’s playoff system is run much more effectively, as they have a system in place to where the NCAA has bowl games and these are primed to the bigger universities and is all about financial gains. When the bowl games first came out they were simply known as, the Fiesta bowl or the Rose bowl and today they’re now known as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl presented by Citi. The universities benefit from these types of bowl games because they receive the money. Players in the NCAA are not entitled to be paid because they’re college athletes. The fan base is much more impressive for the NCAA because there are 119 Division 1-A schools. The NFL has only 32 teams and only in certain cities. Therefore, people from cities that don’t have a professional football team can support their local team. The style of the game is not much different from one another. They both play 60 minutes per game and follow the same rules for the most part. There are a couple of different rules in the NFL, but nothing to really elaborate. At the end of each season both the NFL and the NCAA hand out annual awards for most valuable players of the league and for each position. They both conclude their seasons with an all-star game where the best of the best for that season compete in a game. After each season players from both levels of football get the proper amount of time to let their bodies heal and plenty of time to get ready for the next season.

I believ College football is better of the two because out of the all the colleges, each one of these players have a dream of playing professionally. They play the game the way it is meant to be played. They have a heart for the game whether there team is having a great season or not, these players do not get paid for there playing time. The NFL is great also, I really enjoy watching the season and the playoffs, but my only concern comes when a team is having a bad year it just seems that all the players and coaching staff gives up because they know they’re still getting paid. Overall both of these levels of football are entertaining and millions of fans come out every weekend in the fall and winter to cheer for their team.

 

 

American Football