November is what defines a college football season.  Yes, Show Me Month is scintillating and Moving Month is can save or scorch a campaign…but Closing Month is when teams make that final push towards a bowl, a conference championship or a national title.  For Virginia Tech, Virginia and Navy, it’s a question of if they’ll be able to scramble up enough wins to reach the postseason.  For Maryland, it’s which destination coach Randy Edsall’s team earns.

 

Alma Mater Update– NO more football talk as the team is 3-7 entering their second bye week.  Didn’t the Orange look just dandy against Kennesaw State?

 

Maryland vs #12 Michigan State– father against son…sort of.  Quarterback CJ Brown’s father Clark played QB for the Spartans in the early 80’s.  CJ denies any “friendly wagers” between the two (mowing lawns, doing laundry and the like)…and Brown will have his hands full with a Spartan pass rush that leads the Big 10 in sacks.  The Terp defense that’s coughed up 50 points twice in conference play tries to derail an MSU offense led by quarterback Connor Cook– who leads the league in passing yards and is second in passing efficiency.  Prepare to do dishes for a while, CJ. Terps tumble, 31-24.

 

Virginia Tech at #21 Duke–  The Blue Devils being ranked shouldn’t be as much of a surprise (they are the defending Coastal Division champs after all) but the fact that even though they’re 8-1, this team is only 21st.  Evidently wins over Elon, Troy and Syracuse don’t carry the juice they used to.  Coach Tommy Tuberville has concocted a high-octane offense with Anthony Boone at the controls–but it’s the Blue Devils defense that has made the difference this fall (ranking 11th in Division I in fewest points allowed).  The Hokies after a September upset of Ohio State have seen their season revert to what the last three have been– frustrating defeats with many questions and few answers.  Hokies come up short, 24-14.

 

Navy vs Georgia Southern– this isn’t your everyday Sun Belt Conference team the Midshipmen are facing.  GSU is 7-2 with a pair of one-possession losses at Georgia Southern and NC State.  They beat Florida at the Swamp last year. The Eagles boast a running back who averages over 9 yards a carry.  Navy needs two wins over its last three games to qualify for postseason play;  it likely won’t happen this week.  Midshipmen fall, 33-21.

 

Howard loses to Central Connecticut State, Georgetown falls at Fordham, Morgan State over South Carolina State, William & Mary tames TowsonRichmond beats James Madison,

 

Last Week:  6-1.  Closing Month commences…as I earn my coffee.

Overall: 74-28.

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