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Was That the Worst 8-1 Ever?

Posted by SuckaFish

In week one the ACC suffered through six losses including two to teams in the CAA and Maryland’s blowout at Cal. At a glance, the second Saturday of the college football season was much better as the conference won eight of nine games. But a closer look shows how weak the ACC was this past weekend. A few games were comfortable (BC over Kent State 34-7, Va Tech over Marshall 52-10, NC State over Murray State 65-7), but the other six showed major reasons to be concerned.

1. TCU 30, UVa 14

After losing to William and Mary in week one this loss wasn’t unexpected, but it would have been nice if the Cavs could have scored in the first 55 minutes of the game. Or at least before they were behind 30-0. OK, that might be too much to ask against the Horned Frogs defense. How about this, at least the fruity guy in the Cavalier outfit that rides in on the horse could have gotten off said horse by his own volition instead of being thrown like a rag doll. Wait for it …

2. Florida State 19, Jacksonville State 9

It looks weird to see the ‘Noles only beat an FCS team by 10 points. What was unbelievable was the fact that FSU was losing 9-7 with 40 seconds to go in the game. A one-yard TD run and then a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown made the score look somewhat normal. The game was not.

3. UNC 12, UConn 10

We would much rather see this match-up in March but it looks like a nice road win for an up-and-coming football team. Not so fast my friend. The Heels were down 10-0 in the fourth quarter, tied it at 10 with 2:36 to go, then got the game-winning safety when the Huskies were called for holding in the end zone with 1:32 on the clock. Not exactly an impressive win for a top 20 team.

4. Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17

The Demon Deacons were trailing 17-3 at the half, at HOME. They tied it early in the fourth quarter and then won the game on a Riley Skinner TD run with two seconds left in the game. A nice comeback, not a confidence-inspiring win.

5. Maryland 38, James Madison 35 (OT)

Overtime. The Terps needed overtime to beat James Madison. At HOME. And that was after a late rally tied the game with just over five minutes left in regulation. You’re playing an FCS team at home and you only give your All-ACC running back 17 carries. Why exactly are you the head coach in waiting?

Just to top things off Maryland senior CB Nolan Carroll, one of four team captains, broke his leg in the game and likely ended his college career on Saturday.

6. Duke 35, Army 19

It looks like a pedestrian 16-point win but the Blue Devils were trailing the service academy 10-0 in the second quarter and 10-7 at the half. In fact it was 21-13 with under two minutes to go before Duke senior CB Leon Wright had two interception returns for TDs just 16 second apart.

There are plenty of chances to make amends, or make the ACC look worse, this weekend as eight teams go out of conference on Saturday:
Duke @ Kansas 12pm
East Carolina @ North Carolina 12pm
Middle Tennessee @ Maryland 3:30pm
Nebraska @ Virginia Tech 3:30pm
Virginia @ Southern Miss 3:30pm
Gardner-Webb @ NC State 6pm
Elon @ Wake Forest 6:30pm
Florida State @ BYU 7pm

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Terps vs. James Madison: Five Reasons to Be Concerned

Posted by SuckaFish

Before each game we’ll give Five Reasons to Be Concerned, Five Reasons to Feel Good, and The Absolutely 100% Guaranteed Prediction.* As always, we start with the bad stuff.


1. Um, Did You See What Happened Last Week?

It was not pretty. We will not be watching film this week. Let’s look forward.

2. James Madison Is Very Good
Sure, they play in Division 1-AA (it’ll always be that to me) but they will not be intimidated. As always, they’re ranked in the top 10. In the last five years the Dukes have been in the playoffs four times and won a national championship.

3. They Are the Defending CAA Champs
Last year JMU was 8-0 in the CAA and was ranked #1 in the country headed into the playoffs. So what? Last week the CAA went 2-0 against the ACC. Richmond went to Duke and won 24-16. William and Mary traveled to Charlottesville and beat Virginia 26-14. Really? Maryland needs to win to save face for the ACC?

4. Our Offensive Line Just Got Worse
Of all the problems last week, the offensive line was the worst. And now starting left tackle Bruce Campbell is out for the JMU game with turf toe. Paul Pinegar will most likely take his spot. Last week Pinegar was the right tackle and he was beaten repeatedly. Now he’ll be at the most important spot on the line.

5. Recent History Does Not Inspire Confidence
Just last year Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee State. Seriously. And that was the week after they struggled to beat Delaware 14-7. In ’06 the Terps beat W&M by 13 and stopped Florida International in the red zone on the final play to escape with a 14-10 win. The ’05 season started with a 3-point win over Navy. In 2004 they beat Northern Illinois 23-20 and in 2003 they lost to NIU 20-13 in OT. Of course, in three of those five seasons the Terps went on to win a bowl game.

* Guarantee not valid in Utah or anywhere else

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