If September is “Show Me Month” in college football, October is “Moving Month”. eligible before Halloween.  Others realize that division and/or conference title hopes are all for naught.  Teams with heartbreaking losses that kept them under the radar emerge as contenders…and some schools with high hopes find themselves scrambling to scrape together six wins to become bowl eligible.  In the 21st Century, it often hinges on the school’s quarterback situation.  Can Maryland’s CJ Brown stay healthy?  Can Virginia Tech’s Michael Brewer limit the mistakes that have marred his early play?  Can Virginia’s Matt Johns convince coach Mike London to forget all about Greyson Lambert?  Actually, with a name like “Greyson Lambert” there’s no way one can forget Greyson Lambert…or the shirt brand he seems to be named after.

 

Alma Mater Update– Friday Night Failings.  It’s going to take a 24 hour period to sort out any rash thoughts about the Orange’s disappointing defeat to Louisville.  A few weeks ago I compared Friday Night Football to a Dallas episode after Pam’s dream– this past week it felt like a Coy/Vance episode of Dukes of Hazard.

 

Maryland hosts #20 Ohio State– College Park needs to brace itself for Buckeye insanity…I was at an Ohio State lacrosse game that involved students getting on the roofs of cars (their own) and one needed medical attention after a bottle was broken over his head (I believe it was his own bottle and head).  Ohio State needs to brace itself for a Terrapin team that’s made the big play a big part of their diet– 10 of their 12 touchdowns the last three weeks have come on plays of 25 yards or more.  Speed by the playmakers is one factor–another is downfield/second level blocking that springs those playmakers.  CJ Brown’s a question mark after injuring his wrist at Indiana…and backup Caleb Rowe has actually filled in well off the bench this year (66% completions, 9.9 yards per attempt, a 4-1 TD-INT ratio).   The Buckeyes know all about the challenge of replacing a veteran QB:  J.T. Barrett may have looked like a freshman against Virginia Tech, he didn’t look like one against Cincinnati (330 yards and 4 TD’s passing, 79 yards rushing).  It’s also tough to deny “Hang On Sloopy”…Terps tumble, 24-17.

Films of Fantasy I– how have they not made the rom-com “Columbus Day”?  Owen Wilson stars as OSU alum Chris who returns for homecoming and meets his three serious college girlfriends:  Kate Mara as goth-girl Nina (“just Nina.  Last names are so restrictive”), Leslie Mann as sorority nightmare Jocelyn Bradford Pinta, and Jessica Paré as “the one who got away” Maria Santa.  With Jason Sudekis and Elizabeth Moss as  “Ferdie and Izzy”, his friends from freshman year who got married and Jack Black as his old roommate who not only never graduated but still lives in the same dorm room.  Killer quote at the end:  “You know, I grew up rooting for Ohio State– and the first thing I learned was that Archie Griffin is the only two-time winner of the Heisman.  Now–I know you’re the only two time winner…of my heart.”  Break out the slow-motion clap…with multiple uses of “Hang On Sloopy”.

 

Virginia Tech at North Carolina– this is one of those early October “we might be in trouble” games. Both teams bring 0-1 ACC records into the contest…and both have given their fan base cause for concern.  Coach Frank Beamer has a QB who throws interceptions, a running game that either grinds gears or loses player to injury and a kicking game that has extra points blocked.  That’s a picnic compared to what’s happening in Chapel Hill–the Tar Heels gave up 70 points to East Carolina and 50 to Clemson.  UNC allowing 44 points a game makes me want to think about Terry Holland complaining about Jimmy Black running the Four Corners offense…not anything remotely resembling football.  The Heels boast one of the top kick returners in the game–Ryan Switzer ran back 5 punts for touchdowns for last year.  Time to find out if BEAMER BALL! can live up to its name.  Hokies hold on, 36-31.

 

Virginia plays Pitt– in prime time?  How is this a showcase game?  Believe it or not, the winner gets at least a share of the Coastal Division lead (also known as the division without Clemson and Florida State).  Both schools are 3-2…but while the Cavaliers glass is half-full (a pair of one possession games to ranked teams) the Panthers have the half-empty feel of a loss to Akron.  The Zips only other win so far has come against Howard.  Pitt’s led by runningback James Conner, whose 791 yards through 5 games is 8 yards shy of his freshman total.  Coach Mike London’s leaving Greyson Lambert’s status up on the air–which means the Magic Eight Ball has been sent out for polishing or repairs.  It was actually refreshing being able to watch a UVa game and not wonder which QB would be playing each possession.  Cavaliers with QB closure come through, 28-17.

 

Navy at Air Force– the Midshipmen are in a tailspin with two straight home losses…and head west to face the high-flying Falcons (3-1 but with wins over Nicholls State and Georgia State).  Keenan Reynolds (90 yards rushing per game) needs a little more help offensively from the weapons at his disposal.  Air Force runs the option as well– and Kale Pearson is coming off a career high 127 yards against Boise State.  Navy has won 9 of the last 12 meetings between these two schools…going 4-2 in Colorado Springs.  Sadly, the defense has sprung leaks lately…allowing 29 points a game.  Can they end what’s been a rocky start in the Rocky Mountains?  Mids come up short, 35-27.
Georgetown falls to Harvard,  Howard loses at North Carolina Central, James Madison falls at Albany, Richmond rips Liberty, Towson tops Stony Brook, Morgan State edges Florida A&M.

 

Last Week:  7-3.

Overall: 38-12.

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