Closing Month in College football is all about becoming bowl eligible, narrowing down the National Championship chase and clinching conference crowns.  Sadly, the ACC has one divisional race that’s been done for a month and another that has four teams in the hunt.  Blame Florida State.  The Seminoles wrap up each season with arch-rival Florida, and this year they tune up for the Gators with non-conference foe Idaho.  Meaning at 7-0 entering their final ACC game against Syracuse, they’d already wrapped things up.  Blame a headless Coastal Division.  Duke lost a pair of games when Anthony Boone was banged up…while Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Miami all took turns getting hot and cold.  One of those four schools gets to face a Florida State team in the ACC Championship;  I’m just glad there’s no chance we’ll have a 6-6 team  in the Title game like a few years ago.

National Bracket Update:

#1 Alabama-#16 Louisiana-Lafayette vs #8 Stanford-#9 Baylor winner…

#4 Auburn-#13 UCF vs #6 Clemson-#11 Michigan St winner…

#2 Florida St-#15 East Carolina vs #7 Oklahoma St-#10 South Carolina winner…

#3 Ohio State-#14 Northern Illinois vs #5 Missouri-#12 Fresno State winner…

Alma Mater Update– in a season where the Orange have dished out equal helpings of good, bad and ugly Saturday’s loss just felt draining.  They outgained the Panthers and won the turnover battle…yet still came up short.  A missed field goal and settling for 3’s instead of getting 7 three times held SU back…into at best the bottom line of bowl eligible teams.  Even if they beat Boston College in the season finale, this would be a 6-6 team that needed a win over WAGNER to get to bowl eligibility.  Not exactly awesome…

Maryland looked as though it had drop-kicked the ghosts of the past two years when it carved out a double digit lead over Boston College…but a fourth quarter rally buoyed by big plays and ill-timed timeouts resulted in a 29-26 loss on senior day.  And a more likely trip to Annapolis.  Terrapin Triumphs– eight of the Eagles’ first ten drives gained less than 10 yards…while 3 turnovers spearheaded a solid effort.  CJ Brown proved a dual threat again, running and passing for touchdowns.  Anthony Nixon’s return of a failed extra point almost delivered overtime.  Terrapin Troubles– bitten by the big play:  BC got back into the game with a 72 yard TD run and a 74 yard TD pass…while getting into position for the GW FG thanks to a 36 yard scamper.  The Eagles scored the last four times they had the football.  And going 2 for 13 on third down is the stuff Military Bowl dreams are made of.  Next:  Saturday at NC State.

Virginia saw its losing streak reach 8 in a 45-26 loss at Miami.  Now the school tries to avoid its first 10-loss season in 32 years.  The last three Cavalier coaches to lose 10 in a season (Dick Bestwick [1981], Sonny Randle [1975] and Richard Voris [1960]) all were gone the following fall.  Although Voris’ 0-10 season came after an 0-10 campaign in 1959.  Cavalier Congrats– Kevin Parks’ 134 yards rushing led a balanced attack (243 yards rushing, 240 yards passing).  The defense held the Hurricanes to 304 total yards.  And Greyson Lambert was an improvement in the passing game after David Watford ran aground (10-25 with 3 picks).  Cavalier Concerns– 4 turnovers…two of them returned for Miami touchdowns.  Ten penalties for 61 yards also makes life even more difficult when you’re already giving away 14 free points to the opponent.  And Greyson Lambert sounds like he wears an argyle sweater with popped collar over his uniform while playing.  Next:  Saturday vs Virginia Tech.

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