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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Season can't start soon enough

By Mark Schlabach
ESPN.com

The calendar says there are only 10 days left until the start of June.

But if we flip the pages, we count only 100 days until the start of the 2013 college football season.

UNC/SC
North Carolina and South Carolina kick off the season on Aug. 29.

Fourteen weeks and one day until South Carolina and North Carolina kick off the season at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

If you're a college football fan, Aug. 29 can't get here soon enough.

As the summer begins, our Lee Corso/Kirk Herbstreit withdrawal symptoms have reached a crisis stage.

We've watched tapes of all of the spring games (twice) and analyzed the film of every incoming freshman.

We've polished our résumés to apply for a seat on the future College Football Playoff's selection committee.

We've memorized the depth charts of our favorite teams -- and each of their 12 opponents.

We've finally learned how to spell Robert Nkemdiche.

For fun, we've ranked our teams' redshirt freshmen and sixth-year players in alphabetical order.

We've debated whether South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would be the first pick of a college football fantasy draft.

We keep checking the mailbox or newsstands for the first college football preview issues.

If you look around, there are plenty of signs the 2013 season is near.

Brady Hoke
Michigan coach Brady Hoke called out Notre Dame for its scheduling this offseason.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke called Notre Dame "chicken."

The Fighting Irish pretended they didn't hear him.

Alabama coach Nick Saban already has his game face on -- and his opponents say it looks like Satan.

The Head Ball Coach is on the homestretch of his offseason golf regimen, probably still cursing a missed putt from April.

Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt is changing addresses -- as long as it's not a school in the Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Southern Miss or Central Michigan (hello, FAU!).

New Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has finally mastered how to "call the hogs."

New Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino is really starting to regret wrecking his hog.

Eastern Michigan coach Ron English is jumping out of airplanes.

Alabama is picked to win its third consecutive BCS National Championship, as well as the NFC East.

The ghost of Beano Cook is picking Notre Dame to win it all.

We're licking Tootsie Roll Pops to count the number of days since a non-SEC team won a BCS national title -- until we realized we'd need a case of them.

We've planned our vacations around when our favorite teams are going to report for fall camp.

We're looking for BCS collectibles on eBay, while counting down the days until a four-team playoff is finally here.

We've filled out missing persons reports for Gene Chizik, Jeff Tedford and John L. Smith.

Oregon's Chip Kelly
Maybe Chip Kelly got out of Oregon just in time.

We've used flip cards to figure out conference realignment, while dismissing rumors that the new Big East has reached out to Man City.

We've identified each of the teams in the new American Athletic Conference (the former Big East).

We finally found Ohio State's nonconference opponents on a map.

Michigan running backs are already lobbying not to play South Carolina in a bowl game.

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly is breathing a sigh of relief he got out of Eugene when he did.

SEC teams can't wait to play Notre Dame in another bowl game.

Bowl reps are getting their polyester jackets tailored and laundered.

We're stashing away money in case this really is the year our team finally makes it to Pasadena, Calif.

There are 100 days until the start of the 2013 season.

Do we really have to wait?