October in College Football is Moving Month. Conference contenders separate themselves from pretenders…we learn which unbeatens are actually paper tigers…and teams in trouble become apparent. After Show Me Month, Maryland’s given their faithful one high ceiling, Virginia’s shown cause for concern and Virginia Tech’s been maddeningly unpredictable. Nationally, it’s all about chasing Alabama…with the Pac-12 teams beating each other up…and the Big Ten grinding its gears. Move along…

Alma Mater Update– believe it or not, this was actually said during the ACC coaches teleconference: “Clemson will face Atlantic Division rival Syracuse…”. Umm…the paint isn’t even dry on the Conference Logo in the athletics offices. Now Clemson does have the reputation of gakking against inferior teams, but the Tigers have been solid since the departure of Tommy Bowden. And this is a “rivalry game” as both teams wear orange…but I feel it might be a long afternoon at the Carrier Dome… thank goodness for Sign of the Whaleburgers.

Maryland at #8 Florida State– the Terps take a #25 ranking into Tallahassee, a place where they’ve never won. They also take a quarterback in CJ Brown that’s given defenses fits all season with his arm (67% passing with 7TDs to 1 INT) as well as his feet (2 100-yard efforts plus 6 TDs). But the Terrapin D will have its hands full with Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (the redshirt freshman leads the ACC in passing efficiency)…and while this team is much improved over previous years in terms of depth and speed, this is a program that’s never won at Doak Campbell. Terps come up short, 31-27.

Virginia vs Ball State– after managing minimal offense in their ACC opener, UVa looks to get fat off a MAC team. But the Cardinals are just the type of team that can come into Charlottesville light up the scoreboard with a fourth year starter at QB in fits with Keith Wenning (64%, 300+ ypg, 9-3 TD-INT). Talgaiting Tidbit: Kippy and Buffy break out the Paradise Springs Chardonnay (bright & crisp with flavors of Granny Smith apples) to accompany the brie on wheat thins. Cavaliers come close to coughing this one up, 30-24.

Virginia Tech vs North Carolina– last year the Hokies came undone in Chapel Hill…allowing 48 points (their most since a September 2007 drubbing by eventual champ LSU). Despite being the better team on paper and at home, coach Frank Beamer’s bunch feels like that maddening team that finds the exact level of its opponent and then plays one possession better. Hokies hang on, 18-12.

Navy outscores Air Force, Howard loses to NC-Central, James Madison edges Albany, William & Mary falls at Villanova, Towson tops New Hampshire.

Last Week: 6-1.
Overall: 27-5. Only one way to move from 84% I fear…