College Football’s September is Show Me Month… and for years I’ve been teased and taken in by the latest exaggerated rise from the ashes of the Miami Hurricanes program. Headings on this very blogsite from “Hurricane Warning” to “Rising Canes” have trumpeted the return of the U…only to have the comeback kids fade away with a October losses to Virginia or November defeats to South Florida. Saturday’s 21-16 win over then-#12 Florida may merely be a mirage due to a lackluster Gator team (they struggled against Toledo the week before) and while this might not be the corner-turning win for the Hurricane program…it sets up a season where they won’t face a team currently ranked until November. Even if we won’t be witnessing a return to the swagger that was exciting and annoying in the 80’s and 90’s…college football is always more interesting when the U is more than just the 21st letter.

Alma Mater Update– the Shafer slide continues as the Orange come undone in Evanston…the 48-27 loss to Northwestern saw the Wildcat QB’s complete 22 of their 24 passes. While all 0-2’s aren’t created equally, they better beat Wagner Saturday.

Maryland continues to knock out opponents early…taking a 31-3 halftime lead en route to a 47-10 rout of Old Dominion. Is this early-season excellence more of a reflection of the Terp ceiling or their opponents flaws? Terrapin Triumphs– CJ Brown (275 yards and 2TD’s passing, 2 TD’s rushing) continues his comeback tour… Brandon Ross rushes for 149 yards and a score… Stefon Diggs earns ACC Receiver of the Week honors after notching 6 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown. The defense tallies 3 interceptions…with the first 2 setting up scores and the third ending a Monarch drive inside the ODU 5. Terrapin Troubles– very few after two weeks…and that’s what is troubling. Something has to be wrong after going 6-18 the last two years…right? Next: Saturday at Connecticut.

Virginia one week after having their game delayed by lightning experienced a storm called the Duck offense (as in, “Duck out of the way as they score again”). Oregon leaves Charlottesville with a 59-10 roasting of the Cavaliers…as Kippy and Buffy brace for a week off. They won’t pack up the Outer Banks home this weekend though– that’s saved for November 16th. Cavalier Congrats– Let the record show they held the Ducks to 3-10 on third down…and limited Marcus Mariota to 50% passing. Khalek Shepherd’s 45-yard scamper for a score turned the tide momentarily…while Jake McGee notched a career high 8 catches. Cavalier Concerns– Turning the ball over four times to a team that’s in the process of gaining 350 yards rushing is no way to win a game…and while it’s nice to see David Watford complete passes, can we get rid of the short stuff (5.5 yards per completion)? Next: September 21st vs VMI.

Virginia Tech bounced back from a tough loss to #1 Alabama by blasting Western Carolina 45-3. While Frank Beamer’s bunch isn’t as good as they looked against the Catamounts…they showed that they’re much better than the team that fell opening weekend to the Tide. Hokie Highlights– the freshman tailback tandem of Trey Edmunds and Chris Mangus combined for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns… the defense held WC to 2-13 on third downs while returning an interception for a touchdown…and there were no special teams breakdowns. Beamer Ball! Hokie Humblings– Logan Thomas while much better than his 5 of 26 performance against Alabama, still tossed two interceptions. Next: Saturday at East Carolina.

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