Some in life are governed by rules while others choose which rules to follow and which to enforce.  Earlier this week Notre Dame announced it was leaving the Big East for the ACC– sort of.  For the past 17 years one of the last true independent schools has been a member of that conference in just about every sport but football. Could you imagine Duke being in the ACC for every sport but basketball?  One of the reasons the Big East crumbled was the fact that the Fighting Irish were never “all in”.  Now they’re going to do the same with the ACC.  Notre Dame is the last major big-time independent and remains married to that status (and all of their NBC TV money) while using conferences like the cheap mistresses in the motel for their non-revenue sports.  One wonders with 15 schools if a 16th in pending (UConn?  Villanova?  BYU?-hey, stranger things have happened) or if three divisions of five schools will become vogue.  They already have the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions… I guess we’ll get a “Conference” Division?  Regardless, a wannabe football league gets used by a school that hasn’t been relevant since the mid-90’s but continues to cash checks on glory days of yore– you can call Notre Dame the Rod Stewart of college football.  Sadly, the Fighting Irish have been more “Infatuation” than “Maggie Mae” since their last championship in 1988.  I suppose I should collect my picks on get on back to school…

 

Alma Mater Update– last season the Orange were the worst 4-2 team in the nation… and a win over West Virginia turned out instead of being the start of something special the final shining moment.  This year the Orange rallied from 22 points down to almost beat Northwestern… followed by a second half rally that came up short against USC.  Stonybrook comes to the Carrier Dome Saturday– and if the Orange defense gives up another 42 points this will turn into the autumn of Orange discontent.

 

Maryland vs UConn– as many may know, Terps coach Randy Edsall built the current Huskies program — spending 12 seasons in Storrs before coming to College Park… and had coached or recruited over 50% of their current roster (54 players).  But lost in the shuffle is another reunion:  UConn Defensive Coordinator Don Brown led the Terrapin D for two seasons… and brings a pressure defense to Byrd Stadium that will do its best to make life uncomfortable for Perry Hills.  Can the Terps improve their play for the second straight week and look like the team that led Temple 26-3 at halftime?  Or will we see the team that barely beat William & Mary and almost coughed up a huge lead to the Owls?  Terrapins triumph, 21-18.

 

Virginia at Georgia Tech– each team has been involved in a rout and a nail biter.  While the Yellowjackets fell in overtime in a hostile environment (Va Tech), the Cavaliers needed four missed field goals and a blocked extra point by Penn State to prevail at home.  This has been an even series as of late– with the schools splitting their last six meetings.  Will the UVa defense be able to slow down the nation’s fifth best running game?  And can Mike London’s team stop committing turnovers (108th in turnover margin).  Rumor is Kippy and Buffy are making the trip to Bobby Dodd Stadium:  tailgating with Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc and a nice Pepperjack cheese on water crackers.  Cavaliers come up short, 29-24.

 

Virginia Tech at Pitt– in this matchup of once and future conference opponents coach Frank Beamer’s bunch visits one of the worst teams in Division I-A.  Pitt is ranked 108th in scoring offense and 92nd in scoring defense… and might not even be that good.  VT hit on all cylinders last week in a win over Austin Peay and finally seems to have woken up BEAMERBALL!… but has to watch out for the seemingly annual September stumble.  Hokies pound the Panthers, 34-16.
Navy slips to Penn State, Georgetown tops Yale, Howard falls to Norfolk St., James Madison slips to West Virginia, Richmond beats VMI.

Last Week: 4-1.  Season: 9-3.

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