It took me a while to get into Thursday night college football… but after a few years I finally got used to it and actually looked forward to the late-week matchup.  It provided a nice window for ACC schools to garner the spotlight.  Schools like Virginia Tech embraced and thrived in the Thursday night setting.  Well starting this fall– college football takes a backseat on Thursday.  The NFL has regularly played November and December games on Thursday since 2006… and now adds a whole season of Thursdays.  Outside of watering down the Sunday afternoon schedule (especially during bye weeks)… a Thursday night NFL game provides less turnaround/recovery/gameplanning time for teams and players.  So…more fatigued players, higher chance of injuries, dumbed down tactics.  Sign me up!

College has it right:  the teams that play Thursday night are usually off the previous weekend– if the NFL plays late-week, I’d prefer Friday night.  It would give players four days to recover and nearly a full week to prepare.  And give Thursday night back to the kids.

 

Alma Mater Update–  Syracuse is 1-3 entering the bye week… the lone victory a rally against Stonybrook.  There’s been deficient defense (42 points allowed to NORTHWESTERN)… inept offense (10 points at MINNESOTA)… and a comeback extinguished (so near yet so far against USC).  I’m already dreading my annual gamewatching event– although it’s next month at South Florida (wanted to see SU play a traditional rival before they leave the Big East).

 

Maryland (2-2) has the week off to reset and reload for ACC play.  It’ll be a good opportunity for the coaching staff to teach a very young team with more than a few freshmen playing prominent positions.  The team’s window may be over the next few weeks:  Maryland’s October opposition is 9-6 thus far… while the teams they face in November are 12-4.

 

Virginia vs Louisiana Tech– Terry Bradshaw’s alma mater comes to Charlottesville… after scoring 50+ points in each of its first three games.  Now Houston, Rice and Illinois aren’t worldbeaters, but still… and the question is can the Cavaliers offense that has yet to put 21 points on the board against a I-A (sorry, FBS) school find itself before ACC play resumes?  Kippy and Buffy are breaking out all the stops this week:  pouring Conundrum while enjoying pepperjack cheese on wheat thins.  Cavaliers come up short, 31-28.

 

Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati– the Hokies and Bearcats battle at “neutral” Fed Ex Field… and it’s somewhat odd that the Bearcats have played just twice this month… against the previously worst team in Division I Pitt (thanks Hokies for coughing up that one) and Delaware State.  Expect a partisan crowd at Fed Ex Field… a first quarter that defies explanation and plenty of turkey legs during the tailgate.  Hokies barely beat the Bearcats, 28-26.

 

Navy beats San Jose State, Georgetown tops Brown, Howard shocks Savannah St., Towson falls at LSU, Richmond loses to Old Dominion, William & Mary beats Georgia State.

 

Last Week:  8-0.  8-0!

Overall:  22-6.

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