History and distance get thrown in the dustbin. Maryland meets Virginia one final time on the football field before the Terps leave the ACC for the Big Ten (as the 13th or 14th school, depending on when Rutgers officially files its papers). Over the years this was the northernmost rivalry in the league (until BC, Syracuse and Pitt joined) and although UVa was the football foe the Terps focused on, the Cavaliers had other concerns…as many Wahoo faithful will point to Virginia Tech or even North Carolina as a bigger rival. Great, another school proud to chant “not our rival”. Can’t the kids in College Park catch a break? Perhaps Rutgers will fill that void…aw, who am I kidding? Those Jersey kids want nothing more than to beat Penn State.

Alma Mater Update– Hey, I know exactly what it’s like. For years the Orange tried to pair itself off with Penn State–only the Nittany Lions faithful got up for Pitt a heck of a lot more. And who could blame them? Colgate was our nearest independent…and outside of my cousin Preston Williams kidnapping students and shaving a C in their heads, not much remains from this one-time upstate rivalry. While Boston College (until they left for the ACC) and West Virginia (until they left for the Big 12 as the 10th school) filled “semi-rival” voids over the years, Penn State’s absence from the schedule after being such a nemesis in the post-Schwartzwalder era left a gaping hole each fall. But who cares– SU’s off to face NC State! Maybe they can be our Atlantic Division rival!

Virginia at Maryland— both teams come into Saturday’s matchup off really bad losses. While the Terps got crushed at Florida State, the Cavaliers were humbled at home by Ball State. UVa ranks last in the league in turnover margin…while UMd has the third most takeaways in the ACC. CJ Brown recovering from a concussion means sophomore Caleb Rowe may be pressed into action–but this kid might be a better pure passer than the dual threat Brown. Meanwhile, the Cavs have a definite answer at quarterback in David Watford. Problem is, he’s the wrong one with under 9 yards per completed pass and 7 interceptions. If Greyson Lambert weren’t named like a shirt I’d purchase at Macy’s, he’d be a viable option. To what, I don’t know. Terps triumph, 23-10.

Virginia Tech vs Pitt– last year the Hokies were exposed in an early-season loss to the Panthers…so the revenge factor could be on the menu in Blacksburg. Revenge is a great side dish with those smoked turkey legs. Pitt’s coming off a bye week to sort out what happened to their offense between Duke (58 points!) and Virginia (only 14 points in a hard to watch win). Logan Thomas looks to build off a career day against North Carolina (293 yards, 3TD)…the question is will he get the necessary support from a running game that’s been consistently uneven this fall. Hokies hold on, 21-16.

Navy defeats Duke, Georgetown falls to Fordham, Howard loses to Bethune-Cookman, James Madison edges Richmond, William & Mary pounds Penn.

Last Week: 7-1.
Overall: 34-6.