Girl's Guide to College Football
Me (center, orange) and my friends at the 2009 FL/GA game.

Girls just wanna have fun.

I remember watching college football games when I was little (my parents both went to the University of Florida and are avid Gator fans) and trying to grasp what was going on. I was in fifth grade when I learned what a first down was, and I was so proud of myself. Over the years, I continued to ask my parents to explain the rules of college football to me. I thought by the time I attended my first football game as a freshman at UF, I would know everything.

I was wrong. Being in the stadium was a whole different ball game, if you'll forgive my cheesyness. Everyone was yelling weird chants, and I had no idea how to follow along. Watching in person was much harder than watching on TV, because there weren't announcers to explain what was happening on the field. Yet there is something about being there and watching games in person that is absolutely magical. I wouldn't trade that experience for watching on TV any day, so I knew I was going to have to figure things out for myself.

It's been four years since then, and I still feel like I have more to learn. I hope to accomplish that with this Web site, and also make it easier for readers to grasp what happens on the field. I am convinced that girls can understand and enjoy the sport of college football just as much as boys can. After all, look at Erin Andrews.