Saturday was a rough afternoon for mixed marriages across the DC Metro area…with Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech each playing early games. Nothing like a matinée version of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”…with a potential sequel on tap Saturday in College Park.

Maryland began its final season in the ACC not with a bang but with a whimper… getting roasted by Florida State 63-0. This was actually a competitive game for a quarter and a half–until the Seminoles scored on their final two possessions of the first half and then tallied touchdowns on their first two second half drives. Terrapin Triumphs– just one sack allowed by the offensive line…and the “white ops” uniforms kind of looked cool. Terrapin Troubles– Lets begin with an offense that was 2-15 on third down. A running game that gained just 33 yards on 25 carries. A defense that allowed 614 total yards and touchdowns on 8 straight Florida State possessions. Next: Saturday vs. Virginia.

Virginia gives fans the question, would you rather lose by 63 at Florida State or by 21 at home to a school from the MAC? the 48-27 loss to Ball State puts UVa at the crossroads… with more questions than answers. Cavalier Congrats– Kevin Parks notched 104 yards and two touchdowns rushing…while Brent Urban leads the defense with 10 tackles and two passes broken up. Cavalier Concerns– allowing 506 yards? Granted, Ball State came into Charlottesville averaging 40 points a game–but still. The inability to contain Jahwan Edwards (155 yds rushing + 3 TDS) on the ground was only matched by not being able to stop Keith Wenning (342 yards passing + 2TDS). Just one sack on 43 pass plays. Thirteen penalties and four turnovers. Next: Saturday at Maryland.

Virginia Tech after a maddeningly inconsistent September put together four solid quarters in a 27-17 win over North Carolina. A nice way to open Moving Month…especially with this year’s heavyweights residing in the Atlantic Division (we’re going to hold out on Miami until right before they let us down again). Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas tallies 293 yards and 3 touchdowns passing…while Willie Byrn (4-123) breaks things open downfield. Three takeaways for the defense… led by Jack Tyler and Tariq Edwards’ 11 tackles. Hokie Humblings– the running game has completely evaporated…48 yards on 34 carries? And what’s the deal with a blocked extra point? The kicking game continues to be a sore spot. Next: Saturday vs. Pitt.