On Monday night at some point, I’ll click over the widescreen to check out how defending national champion Ohio State is making out in its season opener at Virginia Tech. Yeah, the Big Ten squad has many good quarterbacks, but the Hokies of the ACC is a very sneaky squad at home at night.
Friday night, I’ll pick my dear wife Karen up at the door of SMG come quitting time and pull on over a few blocks to Syracuse University. We’ll park in our favorite still-cheap lot — $6 last year because it’s down the biggest hill — and walk up to buy a bite to eat and some beverages at the Sheraton tailgate shindig. Then we’ll head over to the quad to watch Otto the Orange and the marching band before heading inside to watch SU take on Rhode Island at 7 p.m.
Yes, I’m ready for some football.
Hey, that’s the cover of Central New York The Good Life Magazine’s September edition above. I wrote the cover story about how the locals celebrate the season here, high school, college and NFL.
Yeah, Karen and I did it enough to hold onto our Syracuse Orange season tickets for the seventh season in a row now, despite last year’s awful 3-9 performance last year. Third-year coach Scott Shafer needs a solid season from senior quarterback Terrel Hunt, who’s back from an injury that ruined last season, and lots of young guys. The Orange needed a miracle missed chippy FG by FCS foe Villanova to win last year’s opener in overtime after Hunt was ejected from the game for throwing a punch in the first half. The Rams aren’t as good as the Wildcats.
Anybody that knows me at all realizes that I’ll be equally excited for the Saturday noon start down in College Park, Md., between my alma mater Terrapins and Richmond. Thankfully, the folks at ESPN decided to broadcast this one between the Big Ten heavy and the FCS wannaplay on The U. Maryland is on the flip side of The Cuse, coming off a winning season. But a regular-season finale loss at home to new league rival Rutgers and a bowl game defeat in San Francisco to Stanford dampened somewhat the giddiness of a 4-0 start and a 4-4 inaugural Big Ten season that included wins at Michigan and Penn State.
So there we have it.
College football is back this weekend. It’s a beautiful thing.
Who’s your favorite college football team, and why? Do you expect your team to have a good, average or bad season, and why? Who do you think is the favorite to win the national championship?