I grew up in the 1970’s and 80’s when runningbacks dominated college football… winning the Heisman every year from 1973 to 83.  And for every Tony Dorsett and Billy Sims… there was a second tier back like Greg Pruitt or Anthony Davis who was incredible but unfortunate to be in school at the same time.  The game we reside in now is one that is pass-heavy… and I was flabbergasted at some of the numbers this past weekend:  USC’s Matt Barkley completed 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards and 6 touchdowns… while Kansas State’s Collin Klein was merely 19-21 for 323 and 3 scores (he ran for 4).  It’s a QB’s game and the success or failure of area schools hinges on how good he is:   Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas has already thrown 10 interceptions (2 run back in the last 2 weeks)… Virginia’s inability to decide between Phillip Simms and Michael Rocco hasn’t helped their six-game slide from ending…. and Maryland is officially on “Plan C” as injuries have knocked out CJ Brown and Perry Hills.

Alma Mater Update– the Orange don’t look as bad as they did one month ago when they needed a near-miracle to rally past Stonybrook, but Ryan Nassib is the classic “catalogue QB”.  The senior looks great in uniform and even better in warmups… but during actual game action somehow doesn’t match what we saw in the showroom.

Maryland was in position to improve to 5-2 and 3-0 in the ACC as they lined up for a 33 yard field goal against North Carolina State.  Unfortunately, Brad Craddock’s attempt bounced off the left upright and the Terps lost 20-18…proving that while this team has come a long way this fall, they still have a ways to go.  Terrapin Triumphs– Wes Brown rushed for 121 yards and a TD… while the defense held the Wolfpack to 40 yards on the ground.  Terrapin Troubles– the D broke down on 25 and 68 yard scoring passes… and couldn’t stop NC State with under two minutes remaining.  Next Up:  Saturday at Boston College.

Virginia loses to Wake Forest 16-10… despite outgaining the Demon Deacons by 88 yards and forcing six 3 & outs.  Instead of an inspirational turnaround victory UVa finds itself on the precipice of postseason elimination.  Cavalier Congrats– the defense held WF to 1-15 on third down… under 40% passing and 2.6 yards per carry.  Cavalier Concerns–  three turnovers… big plays on special teams (allowing a 60 yard punt return to set up WF’s TD) and on defense (a 40+ yard gain setting up a field goal to end the first half).  Next Up:  November 3rd at NC State.

Virginia Tech went to Clemson looking to build off its rally past Duke;  instead VT was relegated to middling ACC status for the first time since they joined the league.  Losing 38-17 at #14 Clemson is no shame– and the good news is there’s just one team with a winning record remaining on the schedule.  Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas continues to shine as a dual threat with 207 yards and a touchdown passing…along with 99 yards and a touchdown rushing.  The defense held the Tigers to five 3 & outs in their first 8 drives (another ended on an interception).  Hokie Humblings– four turnovers including a pick six thrown by Thomas for the second straight week…and the defense faded in allowing three touchdowns on Clemson’s last five possessions.  Next Up: Thursday November 1st at Miami.