Enough of the football talk; time to settle it on the field

The college football season is still more than a month away, but the hype is in midseason form.

The ACC, SEC, Big South and just about every other conference with a pulse wrapped up their preseason media blitzes this week, and the trash-talking, finger-wagging and sooth-saying is well under way.

South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney kicked off the wildest week in football without any actual football. He called out Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, among others, for being scared of him.

No news there, Jade-C. You’re 6-foot-6, 250 pounds and proud owner of an ESPY for decapitating a Wolverine. You’re a QB’s worst nightmare; big enough to do damage and fast enough to chase them down.

To Boyd’s credit, he took the high road at the ACC Football Kickoff, side-stepping Clowney’s words far better than he dodged the defensive end’s 4 1/2-sack performance in last year’s Palmetto Bowl.

Besides, Boyd and the Tigers were too busy having their egos inflated by the ACC media, which overwhelmingly annointed Clemson the league champion and declared Boyd the repeat player of the year.

Coastal made a similar sweep of Big South voters, picking the Chants to defend their crown and naming receiver Matt Hazel and linebacker Quinn Backus the Offensive and Defensive players of the year.

But preseason prognostications and polls before the first snap are just like the scoreboard before kickoff – pointless. In fact, sometimes the polls seem to produce the exact opposite results.

Tell a team like Clemson and Coastal the conference crown is their’s for the taking can give players a false sense of security. Tell a team like USC it’s third best and they try to prove you wrong.

As is typical, USC coach Steve Spurrier had to have the last word on the matter, poking fun at Clemson counterpart Dabo Swinney because “he already has (a national championship) on the board.”

Nervous laughter gave way to groans over the first shot of the season being fired from the SS Spurrier to the general direction of Ft. Swinney. Let’s just hope the season lives up to the hype.

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