November is “Closing Month” in college football…after they show us in September what to like and fear, and then move in or out of position in October, a team has that chance to close in on its preseason goals–or reach the new goals set after the bottom drops out .  By this time you know what your team has or doesn’t have to offer–as the strengths and concerns of September become amplified in October.  Virginia Tech knows it really can’t run the football–and Logan Thomas can’t do it all. Virginia knows it won’t be bowling again this year–and their quarterback question has given them the wrong answer again.  Maryland knows it has problems staying healthy–as the Terps have another shot at monopolizing the All-ACC Injured squad.

Alma Mater Update– rising from the ashes of a 56-point beatdown… the Orange blank Wake Forest 13-0.  I’m shocked, stunned and amazed this team was able to get its head in gear.  SU enters Closing Month at 4-4…with a chance to secure consecutive bowl appearances for the first time since the 20th century.  Can they win at a rested Maryland?  I’m not betting Sal’s Sassy Sauce.

Virginia Tech kicked off closing month by just about slamming their ACC Coastal Division window of opportunity:  a second straight defeat to a school they’ve owned recently, this time at 34-27 loss at Boston College.  VT resembling less the unit that rolled off six straight wins… resembling more the team that staggered through sixty minutes to notch each victory.  Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas threw for 391 yards and led the team in rushing as well…freshman Joshua Stanford caught 6 passes for 171 yards…the defense held BC to 2 for 12 on third down…Cody Journell connected on a 56-yard field goal.  Hokie Humblings– FOUR turnovers, including a pick six…the running backs gained just 17 yards on 9 carries…and another slow start forced VT to play catch-up for most of the game.  Next:  Saturday at #14 Miami.

Virginia began its three game homestand with hope:  Duke and Georgia Tech were far from unstoppable and with two wins the Clemson game wouldn’t necessarily be crucial.  Instead, an 0-3 run has the Cavaliers on the outside…looking out for more carnage after a 59-10 loss to Clemson.  Turns out the tilt with the Tigers was crucial– dropping UVa to 2-7 and off the postseason precipice.  Cavalier Congrats– the defense held Clemson to 14 points on their first 7 possessions thanks to a fumble recovery, an interception, two 3 & outs and a turnover on downs…they actually had won the time of possession battle…and Kippy and Buffy’s pals from Clemson (Cooper and Clarissa) read my “it’s not guacamole, its wasabi” comment before it was too late.  Cavalier Concerns– hey, nobody outside of Florida State has contained the Tigers this fall– but Tajh Boyd goes 24 for 29?  Meanwhile, the David Watford/Greyson Lambert duo combine for a  19-46 afternoon.  And once again, Cooper and Clarissa brought plenty of Nachos and Natty Light (not to mention knowledge).  Next:  Saturday vs North Carolina.