It’s been one of those autumns in the area.  Actually, fall is a more appropriate word.  Three months ago Virginia Tech, Maryland and Virginia each had high hopes for 2015.  Well, maybe not exactly high–but Coastal Division Titles in Blacksburg, Bowl eligibility in College Park and not losing to Boise State by 42 in Charlottesville shouldn’t be out of the question.  Instead, one coach is fired and another is retired while the third is patenting his “twisting in the wind” moves.  Three seasons hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement.  Oh, the humanity…


Alma Mater Update- another lost season for the Orange comes to a close.  SU tries to end an 8-game losing streak (the last four losses by double digits) as they welcome a Boston College team that played well against Notre Dame but hasn’t won since September.   Neither team is going to win “strength of schedule” arguments:  the Orange boast Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Central Michigan as their victims while BC can claim Maine, Howard and Northern Illinois. November.  Eagle fans/boosters/alumni live in the best of both worlds:  they whoop it up when they beat your school but when they lose are quick to tell you about the “lofty academic standards” their college has that keeps them from being a perennial contender–as if Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern,Virginia and the military academies don’t exist.  Of course, what annoys BC fans about the Cuse is that often when confronted about how bad football is, we point to SU hoops.  By the way, I think they’re 5-0 after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.  Bring on the wings…


Maryland (2-9, 0-7 Big Ten) at Rutgers- you could say the seeds to this season were planted last year in the Terps’ loss to the Scarlet Knights…a game where CJ Brown and company led 35-10 before collapsing.  Unlike snakebitten Indiana, Rutgers isn’t your most impressive 4-win team: Norfolk State, Kansas, Army West Point and Indiana are a combined 11-33.  But they boast electric wide receiver in Leonte Caroo- the senior averages almost 20 yards a catch and has TD grabs of 55, 56 & 58 yards this year.  Not encouraging when one thinks of the Terps’ soft secondary.  The Terps  rank 14th in the Big Ten in passing efficiency…and both quarterbacks Perry Hills (mono) and Caleb Rowe (concussion) are question marks for Saturday.  Door #3 remains former fullback Shane Cockerille.  Terrapins tumble, 36-30.


Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4 ACC) at Virginia (4-7, 3-4)- unfortunately on WTOP’S “Ask the Governor” this week with Mark Lewis & Debbie Feinstein, neither asked Terry McAuliffe which team he thought would win the Commonwealth Cup (evidently improving the highways and creating jobs takes precedence).  The Hokies clinch bowl eligibility with a victory…while the Cavaliers are staring at an 11-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.  UVa allows the most points in the ACC-but the Cavaliers are also unbeaten at home in conference play.  Never mind those wins came against Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Duke (combined 5-17 in the league).  Coach Frank Beamer makes his final visit to Charlottesville (for the record, Beamer’s 19-9 against UVa, 9-5 at Scott Stadium).  Kippy & Buffy wrap up their tailgating by toasting coach Beamer with a King Family 2012 Meritage:  “concentrated on the nose, with a mélange of red and black berries, red plum and fern…a black pepper note rings on the finish” (Wine Enthusiast’s Alexander Peartree*).  Perfect with Abbot’s Gold cheese on Bath Oliver crackers…although I’d sub in a smoked turkey leg for old time’s sake.  Hokies make it happen, 28-21.


Friday: 0-1.  Tough loss for Navy-but at least they have an easy commute for their bowl game.

Last Week: 5-2.

Overall: 76-20.

*Of course Andrew Peartree is the Wine Enthusiast reviewer Kippy & Buffy refer to.