Football Games: Expectations vs. Reality

If you go to a big school, you know that football can be a huge part of college life. We get prepped with lots of expectations about football games, but what really happens? Here's a play-by-play of game day from start to finish.

Expectation:

You'll head out to the tailgates early in the morning to get started on the football fun.

Reality:

All of the bro tanks and day drinking are a bit much to stomach this early in the morning.

Expectation:

You're wearing an Instagram-worthy outfit featuring your school colors. You are the physical embodiment of school spirit.


Reality:

You spend an hour trying to find the perfect outfit before you give up and just put on shorts and a school T-shirt.

Expectation:

Every student will be at every game, or else they're totally uncool.

Reality:

You can’t expect that kind of enthusiasm from college students every week.

Expectation:

Football can't be that hard to grasp. Within a few minutes you'll be an expert and know exactly what's going on during the game.

Reality:

You’ll just gauge the crowd's reaction to find out if we're winning or not and cheer when it seems appropriate. Football is confusing.

Expectation:

The marching band's halftime show will be a bit of a snooze fest.

Reality:

Some marching band rivalries are more intense than the football rivalries. 

Expectation:

The game will be action-packed and super exciting from beginning to end, and you'll feel something like this:

Reality:

All of the exciting parts will probably total to about 10 minutes. For the rest of the game, you’ll probably look more like this:

Expectation:

If you’re hungry, you’ll chow down on delicious stadium food, like bacon-wrapped hot dogs.

Reality:

You’ll learn to spare your digestive system and pack a snack.

Expectation:

Win or lose, it’ll still be a nice time. It’s all about sportsmanship in the end.

Reality:

When we’re winning:

When we’re losing:

Expectation:

Win or lose, after the game, you'll head straight to a ton of after-parties that'll rage well into the next morning.

Reality:

Win or lose, you'll be so exhausted that you'll be heading home to sleep it off.