November used to be closing month in college football— but now it’s become “every sport except is playing month”.  College hoops tipping off its regular season November 8th–I love college basketball, but couldn’t we wait until Thanksgiving week?  Instead, there’s bound to be a home game against a really bad team that nobody will go to because it’s mid-November and it’s not the season opener.  At least the World Series has been done for a week…

Alma Mater Update– the Orange come to College Park with dreams of getting that fifth win so they have a chance at becoming bowl eligible next week at Florida State…or maybe the weeks after against Pitt and Boston College.  Good times with good friends brightened the tailgating atmosphere.  Cornhole and multiple brats always trumps poor third-down efficiency. 

Maryland vs. Syracuse— can the Terps end a two game slide and become bowl eligible for the first time in the Randy Edsall era?  Will the consistently uneven Orange (shutting out Wake Forest two weeks after getting blown out by Georgia Tech) put together 60 solid minutes?  While they get quarterback CJ Brown and runningback Brandon Ross back, they lose leading tackler Cole Ferrand with concussion.  But it is a “Blackout” at the stadium as the team will also wear their “X-Wing Pilot helmets”.  Terps triumph, 28-21.

Virginia at North Carolina– the Tar Heels possess one of the better passing games in the ACC with quarterback Bryn Renner… who sounds like one of Greyson Lambert’s prep school pals.  Five of the team’s six consecutive losses have come by double digits…and they’ve had legitimate chances to win four of those (Sorry, Clemson’s just a little too good–even in Charlottesville). UVa has lost three straight to the Tar Heels…and this is probably their last best chance of a victory this year.  When does basketball begin again?  Cavaliers come up short, 31-18.

Virginia Tech at Miami– turnovers have become troubling recently with 8 giveaways the last two weeks, both losses for Frank Beamer’s bunch in a slide that’s turned what could have been a “Coastal Division Classic” into a middling matchup to see who gets to lose by 45 to Florida State in December.  And the Hurricanes are rather furious after their loss to the Seminoles.  Hokies outgain the Canes yet turn the ball over four times and lose, 27-23.

Navy tops Hawaii, Howard humbles Savannah State,  James Madison slips at New Hampshire, Richmond falls to Stonybrook, William & Mary loses to Delaware.

Last Week: 5-3.

Overall: 55-16.