October is moving month.  A chance for a team to change its destiny by getting off to a hot start in conference play.  An opportunity to right the ship… or sink it.  A chance to get in position to be in position for the postseason.  A chance for true freshmen to grow up quickly.  One last opportunity for seniors to shine in the early autumn.  Welcome aboard.


Alma Mater Update– a  happy night in the land of Orange… a Friday 14-13 nail-biter against Pitt.  Phew!  Nice to have a win over an FBS school for the first time in 49 weeks.  Now the question is- can they win the Big East during their last go-around?  I’m going to take the wings but give the points.


Maryland vs Wake Forest– Six Demon Deacons were suspended for violating team rules… shades of Miami one year ago.  While the Terps offense ranks 107th in rushing and 117th in passing, Wake’s defense is very accommodating (33 ppg, 100th in Division I FBS).  The Terps lead the ACC with 13 turnovers, but have done a better job lately taking care of the football.  Terps triumph, 20-16.


Virginia at Duke– Phillip Sims will take over as the Cavaliers QB after shining in relief of Michael Rocco over the first five games.  He’ll learn that starting is a little different than mop-up duty.  He’ll also learn that Duke is a team can score in bunches…and that his defense isn’t going to do him any favors.  Most importantly, he’ll learn that Kippy and Buffy don’t travel to Durham- preferring to enjoy their Ponzi Pinot Noir and gouda on melba toast at home.  Cavaliers come up short, 42-31.


Virginia Tech at North Carolina– the Tar Heels have outscored Elon & Idaho 128-0, but coughed up 67 points in losses to Louisville and Wake Forest.  It’s tough to imagine the Hokies losing a second straight game… but then again nobody saw them getting roasted at Pitt.  Expect the customary sluggish first quarter, the usual Logan Thomas interception, followed by a second half rally where a kick is blocked and Thomas runs and passes for scores. Hokies hold on, 21-20.


Navy loses to Air Force, Howard beats Florida A&M, Georgetown edges Fordham, James Madison tops Towson, William & Mary slips to Penn, Richmond falls at Villanova.

Last Week: 5-3.

Overall: 27-9.