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Friday, September 12, 2003

College Football This Weekend

Yes, I wrote a week ago that it would be a dull weekend in college football. I turned out to be wrong due to the exciting Notre Dame comeback win in OT and the strong showings by Alabama and Florida in the night games, pushing Oklahoma and Miami more than I expected. I originally believed this coming weekend would be more interesting to watch, so maybe it will turn out to be a dud now.

I'm looking forward to Notre Dame-Michigan at 3:30 Saturday. I picked Michigan to go to the Sugar Bowl, and this is their first real test. They should win, so if it's close, we get a good game, and if it isn't, we get to see a Notre Dame beating. In short, I can't lose by watching unless the Irish somehow pull it out, and they won't.

NC State-Ohio State is the other intriguing matchup this weekend, but it's less intriguing now that the Wolfpack lost to Wake Forest last weekend and OSU nearly dropped a home game to San Diego State. Even so, Rivers of NC State will get a big Heisman test against a top defense, and potentially seeing the defending national champ lose is always exciting. Also, the finality of knowing Maurice Clarett is done for the year may help the psyche of the Buckeyes--we'll see how it plays out.

While that game isn't even on TV in the Boston area (it's at 12 noon), I'll probably check out BC-UConn instead, a football rivalry of the years to come, with Connecticut joining the Big East next season. Next week the Eagles host Miami for the 'Canes last visit to Chestnut Hill as a member of that same conference, and I expect them to be lustily booed. That will be on ESPN as the night game Sept. 20.