College Football is in the Air

College Football Countdown

A new season is quickly approaching

For college football fans, the summer months mean a hiatus away from the stadium. But for fans still reminiscing about glory days at their alma mater, summer means one thing: counting down the days until August 26. And it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re going to catch every red zone play from your favorite team, and DISH has you covered.

Last year had an incredible finish, when now-NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass in the final seconds to put Clemson over Alabama for the victory, capping off a championship game for the ages. Can the 2017 college football season come close to topping that? All signs point to yes.

New kids on the block

Every college football season brings in new recruits, eager to make a mark on their new home away from home. And no one wants to put together a champion more than the Alabama Crimson Tide. Instead of licking their wounds, they’re trying to get revenge by putting together one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Ohio State, Georgia, USC, Michigan, Florida State, and LSU round out the other big schools that attracted some of the top talent in the country in their bid for a national title.

Changes at the top

Along with new players on the field, there are also newcomers on the sidelines: head coaches. And we’re curious to see how these coaches will fare with their new teams. Did LSU make the right call by sticking with Ed Orgeron, after firing Les Miles last season? The pressure is also on for former Houston coach Tom Herman, who stayed in-state to take over the reins of the Texas Longhorns. Can Charlie Strong, the man Herman replaced, make a difference at South Florida? Outside the obvious action on the field, we’re just as interested in following these storylines on the sidelines.

A new (or old) leader

For years, the SEC was the top dog of college football conferences. In a league of their own (no pun intended), they made all the other conferences look trivial in comparison. That all changed last year when the ACC, led by Clemson and Louisville, dethroned the SEC as the number one conference. This year, the SEC is expected to reclaim the lead, with LSU and Auburn forming a three-headed monster, with Alabama at the top.

Conference media days

Top stories out of the SEC’s media days include Nick Saban’s quest for revenge after last year’s crippling title loss. Also, we look forward to former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, brother of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, becoming a prime-time analyst on the SEC Network. There’s also talk of the SEC moving future media day events out of Hoover, AL where the event has been held since 2001.

Watch college football on DISH

Despite all the drama still left to unfold this season, you can count on one thing: DISH offers plenty of ways to stay up to date on your favorite team. You can choose the TV package that best suits your viewing needs.

You can also watch ESPN shows “College Football Live” for all your latest college football news; “College GameDay” for the biggest games of the week; and “College Football Final” to make sure you don’t miss any of the top plays from Saturday. Current customers can even login through DISH in order to view WatchESPN/ESPN3 and get access to this content.

As far as conference networks go, we’ve also got you covered. Die-hard SEC fans can catch “The Paul Finebaum Show” on the SEC Network for a unique take on the conference. For all the latest Big 10 news, check out “B1G Football and Beyond” on the Big 10 Network. On the Pac-12 Network, the “Pac-12 Sports Report” has all the latest news and happenings around the conference. Get them all as part of the Multi-Sport Pack.

Check back on the DIG every week for more college football action.