The Dye-Gest: Already Missing It

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about Auburn and college football in this edition of his Dye-Gest column.

The season has been finished for just a little more than a week and I am already missing college football. I must be having withdrawal symptoms or something like that because I am ready to it to get started again.

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If you look at teams from around the country it was an exciting season for college football. Of course, Auburn had a fantastic year that was so much fun to watch with games being won on the final plays, but the Tigers weren't alone in having memorable years.

Teams like Missouri, South Carolina, Baylor, Central Florida, Louisville and others had really impressive seasons as did countless players around the country. The Southeastern Conference featured a bunch of those guys, including Johnny Manziel, the most exciting football player alive. Although Nick Marshall probably isn't in that category, he was pretty exciting, too, which helped make it a fun year for Auburn fans.

With Marshall and many of his teammates along with the coaching staff returning, Auburn fans are looking forward to the future and why not? Since Coach (Gus) Malzahn returned to Auburn the players are having fun, the coaches are having fun and so are the folks who support the team. That is the way it should be.

Football isn't quite done for the season. We still have the NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl to watch. That is good, but it doesn't get me excited like college football does. Being a former college coach maybe I am biased in my opinion, but the pro game is nowhere close to being as enjoyable as the college version.

I realize the NFL is where the best talent in the world is, but pro football is just different and in this case different is not better when it comes to the enjoyment factor. I really like the fast-pace of the modern college game. I think most people do with the exception of college defensive coaches, who have their hands full trying to contain what offensive teams are doing in this era.

I do think the pro games this weekend will be worth watching with the Denver Broncos taking on the New England Patriots in a game that features two of the all-time great quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The other game features an interesting quarterback matchup, too, with athletic up-and-coming Russell Wilson playing for Seattle and another young athletic QB, Colin Kaepernick, leading San Francisco.

I am going to watch those games this weekend, but I sure miss college football.

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Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming.

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