Who doesn’t like to set up 3 and a half hours of sitting in a stadium by eating and drinking for 2 to 3 hours?  Tailgating is akin to drinking a bottle of wine at home before you go out to eat dinner (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or eating a bag of popcorn in the food court before you go into the movie theater.  In the years I’ve covered Maryland I’ve had the chance to meet up with my Womens’ Basketball broadcast partner Matt Noble and his wife Stacia at their setup… and have enjoyed more than my share of shrimp dip (with fritos of course).  In the interest of equal time, I’ve also created “Kippy and Buffy” as my UVa buddies (who today break out a Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet with provolone on toasted baguette slices) and “Ray and LuAnn” as my Hokie chums (turkey legs with Miller Lite).  Over the years I’ve asked around about other hypothetical college couples… and my scientific survey has “Meredith and Peyton” at UNC (I think Meredith’s the guy and Peyton’s the girl– but I could be wrong) as well as “Tommy and Cricket” at Duke (Cricket’s still mad that Tommy cheated on her during spring break last year in Cabo).  This is where I turn the forum to my huge readership.  What other names befit the other schools in the ACC?


Alma Mater Update– Call the Orange Mr. Friday Night!  Another win to kick off the weekend of college football watching… a 40-10 wipeout of Connecticut puts the Orange in position to get in position for a potential bowl.  But keep in mind SU plays four of its final five games on the road.  Even after a full pour, the glass is always half empty…at least until basketball season tips off.

Maryland vs. North Carolina State– a team that knocked Florida State off the National Championship track a few weeks ago.  This represents a potential slingshot game for the Terps– a win this week with woeful Boston College on deck would hurl this team from technically in contention to actually in contention.  Terrapins triumph, 20-18.

Virginia vs. Wake Forest– the Cavaliers are in full free-fall… and the Demon Deacons come into the game with two weeks to stew over a come-from-ahead loss at Maryland.  UVa still has a quarterback quandary; and while Kippy thinks Phillip Simms should start, Buffy is all about Michael Rocco.  Cavaliers crumble, 28-24.

Virginia Tech at Clemson– the Hokies ended their free fall last week, but win at Death Valley?  Even with the Tigers playing consistently uneven over the years, this might be too much to ask.  Add the noon kickoff and the sluggish first quarter?  Hokies come up short, 31-14.

Navy edges Indiana, Howard tops Morgan State, Georgetown slips to Colgate, James Madison beats Richmond, Towson tumbles to Old Dominion.

Last Week: 7-1.

Overall: 38-18.