22 Thoughts For 2022, No. 22

22 College Football Thoughts for 2022, No. 22: Don’t worry so much about the transfer portal, realignment, and all the various changes.

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022

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22. No, all of the changes won’t mean it’s the end of college football

22 College Football Thoughts For 2022
21, Texas & Oklahoma, you really want the SEC?
20. SEC is really, really good if you like it or not

If it seems like just about how college football operates is changing going into 2022, it’s because it sort of is.

And it’s going to be okay.

For a sport that thrives on tradition, and moves at a snail’s pace when it comes to advancements and improvements, all of the changes over the last two years have been seismic. But …

Please, don’t get too caught up in Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL). It’s all going to work itself out, and it really doesn’t mean anything more than players can now be better compensated for being the celebrities they most certainly are. That’s all.

Don’t get bogged down in the craziness of the transfer portal, and don’t get lost in the swarm of discussion about a possible bigger College Football Playoff, conference realignment, and expansion.

Of course, I’ll be writing and talking about all of that pretty much every day – starting with the rest of this 22 Thoughts for 2022 thing – but as a wise man once pounded into my head, none of that outside stuff matters once the ball gets kicked off.

And no, none of those changes will signal the end of college football.

The forward pass, conferences expanding and contracting, integration, a playoff, nickname changes, amending fight songs with questionable lyrics in the obscure fifth verse, instant replay, pivoting away from the cringy mascot, new uniforms, and on and on and on – the tweaks over the 150+ years…

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