Six is a magic number in college football.  Six wins gets you into the postseason no matter how lame the bowl might be (how is the Emerald Bowl not in Seattle– aka the Emerald City).  While Maryland and Virginia have had nervous Novembers recently:  Terps had to win 3 of 4 in 2007 to get to the Emerald Bowl, while the Cavaliers fell one game shy in 2006 and ’08.

Virginia Tech finds itself with two must win games over the final two weeks of the regular season– after slipping 28-22 to #8 Florida State.  Coach Frank Beamer’s bunch has 6 losses for the first time in 20 years- with more questions than answers.  Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas throws for 298 yards and a touchdown while running for another score…the defense held the Seminoles to minus 15 yards rushing…3 of 14 on third down and helped jumpstart the 4th quarter rally with a safety… AJ Hughes averaged 44.5 yards per punt and landed three kicks inside the 20.   Hokie Humblings– two fumbles and an interception kept a great effort from coming up short. 

Alma Mater Update– Syracuse plays #11 Louisville.  Unbeaten Louisville.  While the Cardinals have had plenty of problems pulling away from teams this fall (5 of their wins are by a touchdown or less)… and this game is in the Dome… it’s tough to feel good about this one.  Even with a 44 Wing Salute in the works.

Maryland at Clemson– the Terrapins have 27 players on this week’s injury list…  of the 16 who are question marks today– six have knee injuries…two have ankles or thigh issues… plus one wrist, thigh, toe, hip and back.  Even if they were healthy, the Terps would face a tall task in the #10 Tigers:  Tajh Boyd ranks second in the ACC in passing efficiency and has Andre Ellington to provide balance on the ground.  If there’s one item to be optimistic about– it’s a Clemson defense that’s coughed up at least 20 points in 5 games this fall.  If only the Terps weren’t starting a converted linebacker at QB.  Terrapins tumble, 34-16.

Virginia vs Miami– the Hurricanes actually lead the ACC’s Coastal Division despite a 5-4 overall mark… leading to the possibility of a 6-6 Georgia Tech playing for the ACC title next month.   UVa came alive last weekend with a total smackdown of NC State… can they put together two solid efforts in a row?  And can they stop turning the ball over (last in the ACC AND 117th nationally in turnover margin)?  Cavaliers come up short, 28-26.

Navy tops Troy, Howard falls at Georgia Southern, Georgetown beats Bucknell, James Madison slips to Villanova, Towson tames Rhode Island, Richmond defeats Delaware, William & Mary falls to Old Dominion.

Last Week: 6-3.

Overall: 53-27.