Not surprisingly, the coach-in-waiting move was a disaster. It started when Holgorsen was escorted by police from a casino for what he later admitted was “inappropriate” behavior. It ended with Stewart resigning after being accused of trying to spread dirt about Holgorsen to the local media. The Stewart-to-Holgorsen transfer of power made the Ralph Friedgen-to-Edsall transition at Maryland look smooth.
So, West Virginia, which actually struggled for a while against Norfolk State on Saturday, comes into Byrd Stadium more than ripe for what would hardly be an upset.
No one yet knows if Maryland is any good. The Miami game proved very little except that wearing gaudy uniforms and helmets is about the only way for Maryland football to get any attention outside the Beltway. Judging by the reaction, one might have thought the Terrapins had taken the field wearing no uniforms. All of which is proof that the Under Armour people knew exactly what they were doing.
Finally, in the go-time category, Auburn goes to Clemson. Look, someone is going to beat Auburn at some point.
The Tigers of the last two seasons have been the luckiest team in sports since the fictional Cleveland Indians of “Major League.” Clemson has wins over Troy and Wofford so it is tough to know how good the Tigers might be. Auburn should have lost to Utah State and could have lost to Mississippi State.
The Tigers certainly aren’t Cam Newton-good, but they have played a ranked SEC team (Mississippi State) and won. So, Clemson will have to be better than it was against Wofford to pull off a win.
One team that won’t have to worry about losing on Saturday is Virginia Tech
, which almost went to sleep at East Carolina but survived. Coach Frank Beamer has decided to pass on go-time this fall. There’s no Alabama or Boise State on the schedule. Arkansas State and Marshall are just fine as far as Beamer is concerned. Florida State isn’t even on the schedule although the two teams could meet in the ACC championship game.
So, while the Hokies cruise along at Lane Stadium on Saturday, they will no doubt keep an eye on their ACC brethren because victories in any of the go-time games can only help their resume down the road. The league has four solid opportunities on Saturday: home games for Florida State, Clemson, Maryland and Miami.
Go time starts at noon on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
It might not be a bad idea, though, to keep the ambulance warmed up and ready.
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