Happy Columbus Day weekend!  And for those 8 of you who actually have the day off… enjoy.  For those following college football, it’s a time not completely unlike being aboard the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria– a time of discovery.  We’ve sailed far enough into the new season that 2011 is a distant shore in our rearview mirror… and while we have a basic idea what’s ahead have no idea exactly how we’ll reach land.  Some teams find extra wind in their sails with a player who steps up his game while others are fearful that the seamonster myth actually is a reality.  Soft sand or hard rocks?  Come sail away… but remember, the Santa Maria ran aground in the Bahamas.


Alma Mater Update– I’m still recovering from the wings and fun from Friday’s 14-13 win over Pitt.  Technically the Orange are unbeaten in Big East play… but they’ve only beaten a BAD Panthers team (whose win over Virginia Tech told us more about the Hokies than it did about Pitt) and I’m not ready to think they can compete with 3 ranked opponents in 5 weeks… followed by a Missouri that’s already excited to play a non-SEC team November 17th.


Maryland opened ACC play with a 19-14 come from behind victory over Wake Forest.  Can the Terps really be the only Atlantic Division school still unbeaten (albeit 1-0) in conference play?  Terrapin Triumphs– the defense held the Demon Deacons to 5 of 18 on third down… and made a huge 4th & goal from the one stop that turned the momentum in the first half.  Freshman Stefon Diggs notched 5 catches for 105 yards– including a 63 yard catch and run that led to the gamewinning score.  Terrapin Troubles– Diggs fumbled a punt while Perry Hills threw an interception and lost a fumble.  The offensive line allowed 3 sacks and helped the runningbacks to 52 yards on 30 carries.  Next Up– Saturday at Virginia.


Virginia finds itself fading fast in early October… losing 42-17 AT DUKE.  There’s losing.  There’s losing by 25.  And then there’s LOSING BY 25 TO DUKE.  Kippy and Buffy are bummed.  Cavalier Congrats– the thunder & lightning backfield of Kevin Parks and Perry Jones combined for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns– both scores coming before halftime.  The defense held the Blue Devils to 3 of 14 on 3rd down.  Cavalier Concerns– two missed field goals in the second half… Phillip Simms tossed two interceptions… 28 points allowed in the second half?   Next Up: Saturday vs Virginia.


Virginia Tech left its defense in Blacksburg… getting outscored 48-34 at North Carolina.  What began as the usual season of promise has turned into one of perpetual doubt.  Hokie Highlights–  Logan Thomas passed for 2 touchdowns and ran for another score… Corey Fuller notched 5 catches for 143 yards and a TD…and BEAMERBALL! came back with a 93 yard kickoff return.  Hokie Humblings– BEAMERBALL giveth, BEAMERBALL taketh away:  VT after scoring on their opening drive allowed a 94 yard kickoff return for a momentum stealing TD.  The running game managed just 40 yards (1.6 yards a carry)… while the defense allowed 339 yards on the ground (7.5 a try).  Next Up:  Saturday vs Duke.