First let's get this cleared up: games are not won and lost by one player. Football's just not that kind of sport. For any measure of success, 11 separate pieces must form one cohesive force.
Gainesville-North Hall doesn't have many things typically associated with great rivalries.
After a three-year stretch in which it nearly choked the competitive life out of high school football in Northeast Georgia, the era of the blowout has ended.
It's going to get easier. Repeat after me.
Change isn't easy. People tend to like things the way they are, or least prefer them to the great, wide unknown. With the familiar, at least one knows what to expect. And what's familiar is also sacred when you're talking about football.
For two preseasons, all Paul Johnson heard were questions.
I've been putting off making these picks.
The preseason magazines hit the shelves nearly two months ago. Single game tickets are about to go on sale. And at SEC media days, Nick Saban is bellowing from his Birmingham pulpit about pimps and agents and other assorted scum.
Can a team just a smidgen over .500 also seem destined for great things?