With September being called “Show Me Month”… the DC wing of the ACC showed fans plenty to be happy about with a few concerns sprinkled in over Labor Day weekend.  Week two is no longer the “getting to know you” stage… as teams are expected to improve markedly between their first and second game.  Can the Terps, Cavs and Hokies make the necessary leaps and remain unbeaten?

 

Alma Mater Update– Syracuse rallied from 22 points down against Northwestern… only to give up a last-minute TD in a 42-41 loss.  While some disagree with late penalties that helped the Wildcats score the gamewinner, if you give up 30+ points to Northwestern you get no sympathy.  This week the Orange play USC at the Meadowlands.  Not even the Sign of the Whale’s “44 wing salute” can save SU I fear.

 

Maryland at Temple– this is the game that turned a 1-1 Terrapin team one turnover away from 2-0 and in the rankings into an absolute mess that wouldn’t beat another I-A (FBS) team the rest of the way.  This year’s team is completely different with 17 freshmen in the combined two-deep and first year players starting at quarterback, tailback and wide receiver.  Perry Hills should learn from the 3 INTs tossed against William & Mary… but the Owls are much better defensively.  Joe Vellano and the D were manhandled in last year’s matchup– and the absence of Kenny Tate at OLB may be even more pronounced today.  Terps tumble, 24-16.

 

Virginia vs. Penn State– in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal, the Nittany Lions try to rise from the rubble with a program decimated by transfers one year before scholarship limitations kicks in.  Meanwhile the Cavaliers are coming off a 311 yard performance by Michael Rocco.  What I like more about UVa is the thunder and lightning backfield of Khalek Shepard and Perry Jones (104 yards and 2 TD’s combined against the Spiders).  Kippy and Buffy break out the Moscato in style…Cavaliers come through 27-17.

 

#15 Virginia Tech vs Austin Peay– can the Hokies play a solid 60 minutes less than five days after an emotional ACC win over Georgia Tech?  Is Logan Thomas the real deal or just Monday Night Fools Gold?  And where’s my “BEAMER BALL!”?  Blocked kicks and huge returns used to be more common than smoked turkey legs at Lane Stadium… and I won’t lose my smoked turkey leg.  Hokies block three kicks and score on four returns, 52-14.

Georgetown over Wagner, Howard falls to Rutgers.

Last Week: 5-2.

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