East Carolina (Pirates, 25,990 students, Greenville, NC) (-5.5) @ VIRGINIA, 12:00 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: RAYCOM (XM 190). All of sudden this looks like an interesting game.
Notre Dame (Fighting Irish, 11,603 students, South Bend, IN) @ #22 NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5), 3:30 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 192). If UNC can slow down the Irish passing attack, they will win. Maybe they can block three more punts too? At the moment, the Golden Domers lead the series 16-1, and have won the last SIXTEEN straight. Yike.
Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,000 students, Boiling Springs, NC) @ GEORGIA TECH (-50 – not kidding, we saw this at pointspread.com), 3:30 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: (XM 191). Shame on GT for playing this game in October. Gardner-Webb is a bona fide Sisters of the Poor basketball school – UNC plays them in an exhibition game…What are they doing playing football against the Jackets six weeks into the season?
UCF (Knights, 41,320 students, Orlando, FL) @ MIAMI (-17), 3:45 PM, Miami, Fla., TV: ESPNU (XM 190). Unlike Gardner-Webb with only 4,000 students, Central Florida has over 41,000. You’d think 22 of them could play some decent football. Well….noooo.