You may have noticed that I like college football a lot. I think about it a lot. And that goes doubly when I’m not spending 9 hours a day at the baseball stadium. So, although uninvited, I’m going to start throwing my hat in at the BlogPoll Roundtable. BlogPoll rocks anyway, so why not?
This week’s questions are offered up by Maize N Brew. For those of you annoyed, I’ll make it up to you with plenty of baseball over the coming days. After all, I may be wearing shabby clothes in anticipation of a champagne shower one day before the weekend is out.
1. It’s only the third week of the seasonand we’ve already seen some highly ranked favorites drop out of
national championship contention. Preseason favorite Cal dropped to #21
after a loss and a pair of underwhelming victories. Who’s your pick as
the next NC contender to take a fall?
Tough question — depends how you look at it. You can eyeball the schedule and pick the soonest potential upset. That would point to Ohio State at Iowa, though I can’t shake the thought that Iowa is going to be badly exposed sooner than later. Or you can frame it another way, essentially what’s the team that I’m most confident will be out of it by some undetermined date before mid-November. And I’d have to say that team is Florida, which has the gauntlet of **** coming up — Alabama, LSU, at Auburn, Georgia. Ouch. And then there’s the way I think this was intended, which is, which contender is most likely to lay an unexpected egg? With apologies to Adam Wainwright and Joe Strauss, I say it’s Georgia. They do a lot of things well, but it’s easy for me to see them falling behind a decent team and never being able to catch up.
2. By that same token there are several
schools hanging around without a loss that all of a sudden look like
surprise contenders. There are also a few one loss teams with a legit
shot at getting back into it. Looking at the rankings who’s the team no one’s talking about with the best shot at crashing the party?
I know VaTech always finds some game to lose that it shouldn’t lose. I know this. But I also know that they can move the ball, they can defend and of course that whole special teams thing. No idea why they were ranked so low at the start of the year, and I can easily see them being favored in every game from here on out. Good team, favorites in the ACC. Take them seriously. Until they lose to somebody like Wake.
3. Every team has their quicksand away
game. You know. That place you should win but somehow find ways to
snatch defeat from the jaws of victory or at least scare the &*%^
out of you every year. Did you know that over the last 21 years
Kentucky wasn’t won once in Knoxville? Where is your team’s yearly
Well, that may not be the best example, since, you know, Tennessee is always better than Kentucky. But I understand. For FSU, the obvious one is the Orange Bowl. Last year’s win over Miami was incredibly sweet, but still didn’t really feel like validation. Beating them in their house, that was huge. That was validation.
But among places where they SHOULD win, it’s anywhere in the ACC on a Thursday night, especially Charlottesville and Raleigh. Thursday night in C’ville just terrifies me. FSU tends to have a harder time with teams than with locations. NCSU always gives them fits. It seems to be the reason Amato still has a job. And don’t think I’m not petrified of them again this year.
4. Now that you’ve looked into the
darkest place in your football soul, free Escalades aside, turn and
look into your crystal ball. Conference play is either just starting or
a single game in. Based on what you’ve seen so far, give the order of
finish in your conference, and if you’ve got a Conference Championship
game tell us who the winner will be. Independents must predict the
remainder of their schedule. The results your predictions will be held
against you at the end of the season.
Atlantic: 1. Clemson. 2. FSU. 3. Boston College. 4. Wake. 5. Maryland. 6. NCSU.
Coastal: 1. VaTech. 2. Miami. 3. GaTech. 4. UNC. 5. UVa. 6. Duke.
VaTech wins the conference championship, but on a neutral site that’d be a fun matchup.
5. In keeping with the spirit of Maize n Brew,
name your beverage of choice on game days and why. It need not be
alcoholic, as there are some of us who choose not to imbibe on game
day. Further, it need not be limited to a single brand/type/category.
If you enjoy drinking PBR and Kraft Turkey Gravy at the same time
(which I have personally witnessed), please, elaborate. Finally, if you
should feel so inclined, and this is not a requirement, add an anecdote involving said beverage choice.
On the days I’m lucky enough to attend a game, which isn’t often enough, inexpensive (but not awful) beer. Bud Select, say, or Mich Light. A big ol’ Co-Cola once I’m in the stadium.
Sitting on the couch, better beer — but still something light-ish. Sam Adams Light is a fine, fine choice for watching a game at home.
Currently playing on the computer: Counting Crows, This Desert Life (hi, Erin!).