college football

The real college football bowl season begins today, New Year’s Eve, with the Orange Bowl, followed on New Year’s Day by the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl. Please do not try to convince me that the bowl season began on Dec. 20. Many of the 24 games played through Tuesday night were little more than ESPN programming vehicles.


The University of Rhode Island kicks off football season Thursday night with an away-game against Fordham University. The game marks the start of the 115th season for the Rhode Island Rams, founded in 1895.

But the team has not been faring well recently. The Rams have not won a game since 2011 and start this season hoping to snap a 13-game losing streak.

Critics question whether the state’s flagship university should spend the money on a football program at all. URI President David Dooley has said he supports believes it is important to keep the program alive.