6 Notable Games From 2016 Rivalry Week

6 Notable Games From 2016 Rivalry Week

There is nothing better than a deep rivalry paired with football.
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The second-to-last week of regular season college football, also known as rivalry week, graced viewers with football heaven this past weekend. The College Football Playoff looming above the heads of athletes and coaches has amplified these rivalries to the point where even newborns are gifted from birth. The result? A weekend dedicated to sitting on the edge of your seat and waking up the next morning to a lost voice.

1. Ohio State vs. Michigan (30-27)

Where do I begin? Fourth-and-1, six seconds left with overtime looming overhead—the first in Ohio State vs. Michigan's 113-game rivalry. On-field scuffles, overtime and then double overtime later. Ohio State came out victorious this year and Michigan may be out of playoff contention. Harbaugh may disagree with the call prior to the final play, which allowed a first down, but we'll see what the selection committee officially decides.

2. Penn State vs. Michigan State (45-12)

This game may have been predictable, but Penn State winning the Big Ten East was not. Penn State's 2-2 start this season and losing 49-10 to Michigan did not strike me as potential title-winner material. Penn had a 35-0 lead in the first half alone, while the Spartans are losing what got them to the College Football Playoffs just last season. On the bright side, Penn State is regaining its balance and it's a joy to watch.

3. Kentucky vs. Louisville (41-38)

Lamar Jackson, Heisman-favorite, ended the game breaking Howard Stevens' 1,429 rushing yard mark while also breaking Deshaun Watson's previous record for single-season touchdown record within the ACC. A 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the game was what determined the fate. Jackson threw three interceptions, which hopefully does not affect his Heisman Trophy race.

4. Alabama vs. Auburn (30-12)

Although not a huge surprise, you can't help but feel some form of satisfaction when Alabama wins (maybe due to the fact that Nick Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches in history). Auburn was first on the board with a field goal, however 20 minutes into the game they still hadn't gotten a first down. Alabama led 13-9 at halftime and is unlikely to shift from their No. 1 ranking.

5. Florida State vs. Florida (31-13)

Dalvin Cook joined Sammie Smith, who in 1988 also had three consecutive 100-yard games against UF. UF was 0-12 for third down efficiency and has not had an offensive touchdown against FSU since the two played in 2014. Great game for the Seminoles, but for the Gators this is just a warning for a possible repeat of how they ended last year.

6. USF vs. UCF (48-31)

GO BULLS (although this was no surprise). The War On I-4 ended with USF extending the longest active streak of games with 30-plus points (at 16 games currently) and the Bulls ending their season with a record of 10-2. UCF led two minutes into the game, but Marlon Mack returned with two running touchdowns accompanied by Juwuan Brown's 22-yard fumble return.

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It Took Me 4 Years And $100K To Realize Why Poor Kids Like Me Don’t Go To College

But now that I know, I can't get it out of my mind.

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I grew up poor.

There, I said it. It's out in the open now—I don't come from a family that has a bunch of money. In fact, my family doesn't have much money at all. My single mother works in fast food and does a DAMN good job trying to support herself and the rest of us. A lot of the food my family gets comes from food pantries. We have received government assistance before. I grew up poor, but I haven't let that define me.

Especially when it came to going to college.

I didn't want to let my economic background hold me back from my potential. I wanted to be the first person on both sides of my family to receive my college degree. I wanted to get a better paying job and moving up in socioeconomic status so I don't have to be the "poor" girl with the "poor" family all my life. I'm not really ashamed of coming from a poor family, but I also don't want to be poor my entire life.

For a majority of my college career, I wondered why there weren't many poor students around me at college. I go to a public university, and it's just the same price as any other state school really. Coming from a lower income home, I did receive a lot of assistance, and without it, there's no way in hell I could be here. I know that many other lower-income students can get this same assistance, which really made me wonder why there was such a lack of other poor kids around me.

I mean, everyone posts videos from their nice, upper-middle-class homes on Snapchat over holiday breaks while I go back home to the trailer park.

Everyone can call mom or dad and ask for money when things get rough while I pay for 100% of the things I own because my mother simply cannot afford it.

Everyone walks around in their name-brand clothes while I'm rocking Walmart knockoffs. It's not something I thought about for a couple years in college, but once I noticed it, I couldn't think of anything else.

It took me nearly all four years of college to realize why there's such a lack of poor students at my average, public university. Poor students are set up for failure in college. It's almost designed to be a survival of the fittest when it comes to us lower-income students, and those of us who are deemed the fittest and do make it to graduation day are typically stuck with a lot of debt that we don't have the financial intelligence or support to even think about paying off.

Poor students are in the minority in college, and when you're in a minority anywhere, surviving can be difficult. When it costs $100 just for a 5-digit code to do your homework, it can be hard to stay in school. When the cost of living on campus is $10,000 or rent for an apartment is nearly $500 a month, it can be hard to stay in school. When you don't have a car because you can't save up the money for one and your parents can't help you, it can be hard to stay in school. When you're forced to get a minimum wage, on-campus job that limits your to twenty hours a week, it can be hard to stay in school. When all of your friends don't understand why you can't go out to eat or to the bar every weekend, it can be hard to stay in school. All of these reasons add up to the main reason why poor kids don't go to college—the odds are stacked against us.

I never had shame in my socioeconomic status until I went to college. In my hometown, I wasn't much less than the norm. Now, my home life is drastically different than that of all of my friends. I know that this is something that is never going to change because when I enter the workforce in less than a year, I'll be going in as the first member of my family with a college degree. People will treat me differently when I tell them this, even if I don't want them to. People will treat me differently when they ask where my parents work and I tell them McDonald's. It's an unfortunate reality that I cannot control.

It took me nearly all four years to realize why poor kids don't go to college, but now that I know, I can't get it off my mind.

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Another Year, Another Game, Another Experience That Makes Me Want To Stop Going To Michigan Football Games

Michigan is supposed to be held to a higher standard, but right now we are holding the bar too low.

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I have written about a negative experience at a Michigan football game in the past. Last October I believe, but as much as I was looking forward to my last year here on campus, I've realized that football can't be a part of that.

Scratch that. Football can, but going to the games cannot.

Ever since I got on campus my first year, and let's be honest, even before that, I had been looking forward to going to every football game. I have purchased student season tickets every year and would pride myself on my determination to go to every game, regardless of weather, or other factors.

It is probably important to mention that I don't party. I don't go out and drink and dance and everything. I mean, maybe once in a blue moon, but it definitely isn't my scene. If it's yours, alright, just please don't prioritize your drunk version of fun over the overall enjoyment of other football fans.

Along with the previous statement, I have never gone to a tailgate party or tailgating, or whatever. and I know that there are different kinds of tailgating events. Of course, the one that sticks out in my mind is the full-on parties that include loud music, any and all forms of alcohol, and questionable decisions.

Again, if this is what you want to do, fine. Do it. Other than the annoyance of the same songs blasting through the air, it's not my problem. But please, for the love of God and/or anything you hold holy, do not come to the game after getting impossibly drunk.

That out of the way, this is what happened at the game that made it the last straw for this Wolverine.

I get to the stadium without a problem and even to my seat. You know, the one you paid for. The one that is printed plainly on your ticket. Anyway, I get there about a ½ hour early as usual cause I don't trust that people won't take my seat if I'm any later.

FYI to those entitled Michigan students: Just because I am a student, doesn't mean you should take advantage of my "free" spot. If someone leaves or hasn't arrived yet, do not move in like vultures.

So, I get there and before the game has even started, a group of students (probably not drunk, just annoying) has moved into my area. I personally go to the games alone, but just because I do doesn't mean I don't understand wanting to experience the game with friends.

So, a couple of girls ask me to switch places with them. I said "okay" because I didn't want to seem cold-hearted.

Tip for the future: Just be cold-hearted. Better yet, call them out.

Of course, it didn't take long for the seats around me to fill up and for the bench, that we have to all stand on, to get overcrowded. I know the tickets seem like a "steal" at the price for students, but really the lower price means a lower quality of experience.

The game itself wasn't particularly interesting as our opponents weren't exactly challenging, but I still got to feel the thrill of watching some good plays and touchdowns.

New Flash: these were the only good things about my experience.

This being my fourth year attending Michigan football games, I'm so fricking sick of the mean, rude, and disappointing behavior of Michigan students. Stop booing the other team. Stop booing their marching band (that stuff is hard to do). Stop calling the other team "Bitch" in an official cheer.

Michigan is supposed to be held to a higher standard, but right now we are holding the bar too low.

Back to behavior, during the half-time show I was asked yet again to move since a couple people had left (no one knew whether or not they were coming back so, I hadn't moved down.) Knowing that I was going to leave at the end of half-time, I agreed with a blatant eye-roll.

These girls were obviously drunk and weren't hesitant to declare it every minute. They were obnoxious in their yelling and attempts at cheers while the Michigan Marching Band were performing. And if you hadn't guessed, they were still drinking the alcohol they had smuggled in.

Even though I love to support my school and our team, I will not support the behavior of these students. I can't enjoy the games anymore because of them and to make matters worse, they don't care.

I may consider attending future games, but not in the student section. I would much rather pay more money to be assured my ticket's seat in a "worse" seat than deal with my experiences in lower rows.

Sincerely,

A Michigan student who is sick of the "leaders and best."

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