The other side of college football - KMOV.com

The other side of college football

(KMOV) -- The Mizzou Tigers sneaked at 31-28 victory away for the Baylor Bears on Saturday in Texas. The near-automatic Jeff Wolfert drilled a big field goal with less than 3 minutes left to give MU the win.

And that's about all I know about Saturday's game.

As previously started on this website and in every Columbia tavern, the Tigers contest was not televised. It was on the radio, but I didn't listen.

Instead I spent the day in Kirksville, Mo., watching the Truman Bulldogs take on Missouri Southern. One of my good friends plays defensive tackle for the Bulldogs, who won easily 38-7.

The game itself wasn't practically exciting and the crowd of about 2,000 people provided a sharp contrast to 70,000 fans at Faurot Field for the Tigers home games.

But it was still football.

Mizzou currently has the finest football facilities in the country and a coach who makes nearly $2 million a year. Don't get me wrong, I love going to a school that receives national attention for its football program and the vast majority of the men on the football team are people you would be comfortable with your kids looking up to.

Still, it was refreshing to watch the players on both teams play - play hard, in fact - for no other reason than because they love the game.

None of these players will ever step foot on an NFL field or appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, but they didn't seem to mind.

They just enjoyed being out on the grass and hitting some people.

There is nothing fancy about a Division III game. People didn't tailgate for hours before the game and it didn't take two hours to travel two miles down Stadium Blvd. after the match.

But if your like me and prefer substance over style, school's like Truman or the University of Central Missouri would love to see you some Saturday afternoon.

There you will find men who play the game for no other reason than the satisfaction of playing football the right way, the way it was meant to be played.

Michael Bittner is a Journalism student from the University of Missouri

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