Labor Day weekend means the return of the most wonderful yet equally frustrating world of college football.  A world where the Big 12 has ten schools and the Big 10 has twelve teams.  Leaders and Legends. A dominant SEC (now with two more doormats!).  A beltway with mixed expectations.  A Howard University with NCAA violations.  I’m just not ready for summer to end.

 

Maryland vs William & Mary– the Terrapins road to redemption took a detour a few weeks ago when quarterback CJ Brown went down for the season with a torn ACL.  True freshman Perry Hills starts against the Tribe… and while Hills’ performance will be important, there are more than a few other factors.  Can an offensive line filled with youth (all five backups are freshmen) hold together?  How will the new defense fare minus its best playmaker (Kenny Tate injured again)?  Will special teams be a help or a hindrance (in 2011 the kicking game wasn’t ideal)?  And how many uniform combos will we see?  Terrapins triumph, 19-13.

 

Virginia vs Richmond– after doubling its win total from 4 to 8… can the Cavaliers make the leap from ACC pretender to contender?  The path could be there. Two of the three ranked teams in the league reside in the Atlantic Division (FSU, Clemson) and the recruiting fruits of coach Mike London should be ripening in his third season.  Alas, another tailgating season with my UVa pals Kippy and Buffy gets underway with a little controversy.  Evidently Kip’s dry-cleaner pressed out the pop in his collars… so he has to do so manually.  The nerve!  Cavaliers come through, 28-10.

 

Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech– somehow it always feels like the Hokies begin the season with a bang– whether it’s scheduling Boise State or Alabama in week one.  Much was said about how Florida State and Miami would dominate the new-look ACC… in the last seven seasons either the Hokies or the Yellowjackets have represented the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game.  The buzz from Blacksburg this summer has been all about BEAMER BALL!.  For some reason the special teams didn’t make their customary impact last fall…and with an offseason to simmer I wouldn’t be surprised to see something huge Monday night.  Hokies win 37-17 in a blocked kick tour de force.

 

Navy slips to Notre Dame, Georgetown falls to Davidson, Howard comes up short against Morehouse, James Madison gets by St. Francis.
Last year: 64-30.

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