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Here it is, the big weekend. We gritted our teeth through summer and now it’s college football time! I often have a hard time determining which college football team I’ll root for especially when it’s a Big 10 match-up. It sounds ridiculous but this is why…

Until I was 16, I lived in Centerville, OH. They cheer for The Ohio State University. Hi Brutus! Round on the ends and high in the middle…O-H-I-O. I went to high school with Kirk Herbstreit from ESPN. They misspelled his name in the yearbook. Centerville Elk Pride!

High school year book page from Centerville High School 1986

Elkonian 1986

When my dad was transferred because of his job, I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan which is just outside of Detroit. They root for the University of Michigan. Go Blue! I’ve seen a football game in the Big House…except the football game I witnessed was an English Premiere League Soccer Game. It was still amazing! Michigan fans are so passionate even for soccer, the other football.

University of Michigan stadium

photo credit- Casey Daniels

After graduating from Ferris State University (Go Bulldogs!) & The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, the radio world sent me to Lansing. They cheer for Michigan State University. Hello Sparty! When I lived there, Nick Saban was the head coach at MSU. This was during his pre-dynasty Alabama era. Roll Tide?

Michigan State Spartans mascot Sparty while playing the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

From Lansing, my radio career took me to South Bend. They really like the University of Notre Dame. Let’s just say I had a lot of access at ND. With the exception of the newest coach, Marcus Freeman, I’ve had the opportunity to meet every living Notre Dame Head Football coach. I spent more years in Northern Indiana than any other location, so far. Go Irish!

woman in front of "Play like a champion today" sign at Notre Dame University

photo credit-Casey Daniels

It was in South Bend that “Daughter” was born and raised. She is in college now and with all these wonderful influences which school do you imagine she attends? Purdue University! Boiler Up!

Beautiful girl rooting for Purdue University

photo credit-Casey Daniels

For a brief moment, I worked in Tallahassee, Florida. However, The Florida State University Seminoles didn’t know what to make of this northern Big 10 fan. “God bless their hearts.”

woman holding Florida State University burning spear

photo credit-Casey Daniels

I’m thrilled to be back in the Midwest and living in Indianapolis and working at WIBC. Let’s be honest…Indianapolis is a great sports city!  Plus, it’s a short drive to West Lafayette and Purdue University. I look forward to continuing to serve the WIBC listeners. Thanks for listening!

What is your favorite college football team? More importantly…why?