Monday, August 17, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS IN BIG TROUBLE

Sports Illustrated’s college football issue is out and, to no surprise here at T.A.H., they have Florida State winning the Atlantic and Virginia Tech winning the Coastal. They pick the Hokies to win the Dr. Pepper Bowl in Tampa, December 5. SI also predicts that Miami, UNC, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson and N.C. State will also be bowl eligible.

Relying on conventional wisdom, the mag picks Duke to finish 1-7 in the ACC and 4-8 overall.

A few pages later, SI has a feature called “The Finish” where they rank the top 120 college teams. The top 20 is similar to the poles with Virginia Tech (#5), Georgia Tech (#12), Florida State (#16) and UNC (#20) representing the ACC. SI likes N.C. State at 32, Miami at 36, Clemson at 43, WakerForest 49, Maryland 67, Boston College 71, Virginia 76 and Duke at 78.

So, let’s see what major university’s football programs are facing hard times. Let’s start down in College Station, TX where Texas A&M finds itself ranked behind Duke at #79. Add to the list of underachievers, Louisville 83, Washington 85, SMU 89, Iowa State 90, Hawaii 95, Syracuse 96, Indiana 99 and Washington State 105.

Ouch.

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