Okay, so making the postseason isn’t the elusive treasure it once was…35 games not just on New Year’s Day, up to and including the highly sought after Pinstripe Bowl.  The fact that it takes just six wins to reach a bowl further cheapens what was once a reward for a great or very good season.  Still, for some schools getting that lucky 13th game is a godsend…and Maryland makes that move this year.  Say what you will about a week non-conference schedule… say what you will about a missed field goal by Virginia and a missed kick by Virginia Tech…but the Terps are 6-4 with winnable games to wrap up the regular season.  Today Annapolis, tomorrow the world!

Division of Dukepression– in the staggering crawl that is the ACC Coastal Division, losses by Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech set the stage for the Miami-Duke winner.  Only it wasn’t the Hurricanes who took the division by storm–instead Duke has a chance to play for its first ACC title since the Steve Spurrier era.  A win over Wake Forest (4-6, 2-5 in the ACC) next week eliminates the Hurricanes and Hokies…making one wonder if they’ll construct a “Cutliffe-ville” for ACC Championship Game tickets?

 

Breaking out the Brackets– for those who wonder what an expanded playoff field might involve and/or look like… I’ve given each of the ten FBS conference winners automatic berths and have padded the field with six wildcards while trying to separate conference foes from meeting in the first two rounds:

South: #1 Alabama-#16 East Carolina, #7 Clemson- #11 Oklahoma St.

Midwest: #4 Ohio St.-#13 UCF, #5 Oregon-#9 Texas A&M.

East: #2 Florida St.-#15 Louisiana-Lafayette, #8 Missouri-#10 Stanford.

West: #3 Baylor-#14 Northern Illinois, #6 Auburn-#12 Fresno St.

We’ll update this every week from here on out…

 

Alma Mater Update– what did you expect from a team that lost 56-0 at Georgia Tech?  I’m surprised it wasn’t worse.  Allowing  Jameis Winston to complete 19 of 21 passes?  I’m surprised he didn’t complete 21 of 19 attempts–he’s that good and the SU defense is that bad.  On to Pitt and Boston College…and hopefully another Pinstripe Bowl if everything breaks right.  One has to have dreams, you know.

Maryland needed longer than 60 minutes to break into bowl eligibility while hurting Virginia Tech’s Coastal Division hopes.  The 27-24 overtime win was the team’s first in Blacksburg since 1949…and has the team wondering “which one” instead of if when it comes to a bowl.  And the Hokies get two weeks to kick themselves before facing Virginia.

Terrapin Triumphs– CJ Brown’s extended reach inside the pylon for the game-winning touchdown capped a 122 yard rushing day…and he also threw for 135 yards and a score while not making any costly mistakes–the interception was basically a deep punt.  Will Likely helped turn the game around with his game-tying 63 yard punt return.  Terrapin Troubles– after taking a 21-7 lead early in the 3rd quarter, the team had 6 possessions: 4 were three & outs, and the other 2 saw the team gain 26 and 27 yards before punting.  Next:  Saturday vs Boston College.

Hokie Highlights– down 21-7 in the second half they finally got a huge special teams play in the form of a Demitri Knowles 88 yard kickoff return.  Hokie Humblings– Logan Thomas was sacked 7 times…the defense let CJ Brown run wild throughout much of the day…special teams issues included a missed field goal and the breakdown in punt coverage.  Next:  November 30th vs Virginia.

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