Great points, especially about what has made college football truly special, particularly up north and at OSU. Its not just lineage of great football, but the now almost old-world traditions and how they reinforce emotional ties to our schools and states. These are kind of getting lost as the programs seem increasingly tempted to create an NFL experience, despite claiming they are not pro teams.
Can't speak for that team up north, but think how important TBDBITL, The Ramp, Skull Session, and post game Carmen are to the game day experience. Where do you even see that kind of thing anymore, except Ohio Stadium? I do agree the crap schedules and rising prices are the biggest problem, but schools that genuinely try to embrace their students and communities, making them feel loved, will still do fine I think. Props to Urban for doing things like inviting students in to observe practice (love seeing them trying to kick field goals with all the students around). Being a student (and alumni) should get you special access and lower prices, its our school and our team after all. Programs keep that in mind and they'll do well.