Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The rest of the conference

One more note about the opening game this Saturday. It appears as though the mancrush is debilitating. JT has already been suspended indefinitely. Now last year's mancrush, Quinton Andrews, is out for week one due to team rules violations. We must now harness these powers for good. So the next mancrush will probably be Brian Brohm. Hope he likes a full body cast.

It's opening week around the country and the Big East is looking to get off to a fast start as a conference by hosting a wide ranging variety of teams you've never seen play before. WVU is the only Big East team facing a team to play in a bowl from last year. Overall, the opening week slate is as easy as some girl that is really is to make sex with.

On Thursday night Rutgers will kick off the season by hosting MAC-alicious Buffalo. Buffalo is coming off of a rousing 2-10 schedule including backing out of a game versus WVU to get slapped 38-7 by Auburn. The Buffalo Bulls, they should really be the Buffalo Buffaloes, lost to Wisconsin, BC, and Auburn last year by a combined score of 114-10.

Also on Thursday, Louisville will take on the Murray State Racers. Murray State Raced their way to a 1-10 record last year. Their biggest game was a hard fought 47-7 loss at Missouri.

Thursday is alright for fighting for Cincinnati as well. The Bearcats will welcome OVC stalwart Southeast Missouri State. The OVC is a conference and not the channel that sells NFL blankets after the Monday Night game. The Redhawks were 4-7 last year with some big wins over Austin Peay, Missouri-Rolla, Samford, and the aforementioned Murray State. They gave Arkansas all the could handle in a 63-7 loss.

On Friday Syracuse will host NorthernSouthernWesternEastern Washington. Oh, there isn't a direction on that one. The Huskies went 5-7 last year with wins over UCLA and Arizona. This could be a winnable game for the Orange, but Washington won't get blown out. The Huskies lost to USC and Cal by a combined 13 points last year. Washington will be moving on without three year starter Isiah Stanback and leading receiver Sonny Shackelford.

On Saturday Pitt will take on Eastern Michigan and plenty of good seats are still available. The Eagles soared to a 1-11 record last year with the biggest game being Michigan State. Sparty clipped the Eagles at the end 52-20.

In what could be a matchup of Final Four teams UConn will head to Cameron Indoor to play Duke on Saturday. I didn't even know that basketball had started.

Finally, South Florida steps into the burning spotlight of a Saturday night game to face Elon. I couldn't find the game on primetime listings yet, but it will be. The Elon Phoenix are a I-AA team playing in the Southern Conference. Last year the Phoenix rose to a 5-6 record and played no D-I teams. Gameday is in route.

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