Week 7 TV Schedule

Nationally its not a great schedule this week outside of the Auburn/Florida game. In the ACC, we’ll see some key matchups beginning on Thursday night with the BC/VPI game.

This is a strange year in college football. No one outside Columbus seems to be able to handle success. After key victories, USC has struggled, Auburn has stumbled, and Tennessee has disappointed. Will Florida be next on this list? The Gators are good, but are they good enough to go into Auburn against a wounded Tiger team looking for redemption after an embarrassing loss? I don’t think so. Florida doesn’t have the pound it down your throat running game that’s needed to beat Auburn, and the Tiger defense is fast enough to slow down anything else the Gators throw at them. On the other side, Auburn’s passing game should be strong enough against Florida’s secondary to open up the running game for Kenny Irons.

Some interesting things to watch in the ACC…

Despite their solid records, both BC and VPI could use a win here to reestablish some national credibility. Both teams only have one loss and are very much in the conference race, but only Virginia Tech is ranked in both polls.

After some poor showings by the ACC against Big East teams, (1-4) UNC has the opportunity to bring some respect to the conference with a win over (4-2) South Florida. UNC has lost to some pretty good teams, and USF has beat some pretty bad ones; so this game could go either way.

It won’t happen, but if Miami loses to winless FIU, Coker won’t make it out of the locker room with his job. The only thing giving the Golden Panthers any semblance of a chance, only one loss has been by more than 5 points.

Obviously the Pack/Wake game is huge. NC State can strengthen its hold on the Atlantic with a win over a surprising Wake team. The Clemson game is clearly the key game, but lets take it one week at a time.

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34 Responses to Week 7 TV Schedule

  1. noah 10/11/2006 at 12:12 PM #

    Before the season, I had the South Florida game as the keystone in the career of John Bunting.

    I had them at either 5-6 or 6-5 and this was the game that would determine whether they crossed over into winning territory or not. A loss here means they have to run the table and beat Notre Dame in South Bend to make it to a bowl.

    They’re actually worse than I thought and I don’t think it really matters if they win this game or not. The best thing to hope for is that they stink it up, give up on themselves and the program and just tank the rest of the season. Belly gets fired and they have a long, awful miserable coaching search where they ultimately end up hiring Joe Nobody who will continue to lead the Holes on a spirited chase of their own tail.

    Kinda like — exactly what happened the last time they fired their football coach! (this is the part where lurking UNC fans make jokes about Sidney Lowe…but hey, we’re talking football here)

    Every bad coach is another nail in the coffin that holds the mouldy corpse of Carolina football. Every bad season makes Mack Brown look like an abberration rather than a trend. It makes Bobby Bowden’s “Sleeping Giant” nonsense just a polite comment rather than a bold prognostication. It reminds us that outside of a nice aquarium, Carolina football is just a contractual obligation…a mandatory nuisance that the Tards must endure in order to get to midnight madness.

    Yes, I want Belly fired. They can only fail SO much why he’s there. I want true incompetence. I want the Clemson 52-7 massacre to be a pleasant memory. I want their left tackle to look like Miller Saffrit.

    I want Carolina football sitting at the bottom of a hole with a sign at the top reading, “Here lies Gandalf the Grey…and a balrog…and Carolina football.” (minus two points for the geeky reference)

  2. class of 74 10/11/2006 at 12:14 PM #

    I agree with you on UF going to Auburn. But in the event UF wins, then look out for them to run the table until the SEC championship game in Atlanta. I can’t see UGA or FSU beating them this year.

    The State v. Wake winner should set themselves up for a decent 2nd tier bowl appearance if the wheels don’t fall off. I know, lots of mileage left, but it does set them up for that scenario.

    A UNC loss and you can order the coffin and begin digging the hole for Bunting. Same goes for Coker.

  3. Wolf-n-Atl 10/11/2006 at 12:30 PM #

    Chuck should take advantage of UNC’s struggles this year to land all the top in state talent. If we can build on the success of the last 2 games with a win over WF and win the other games we are favored in, we will be in a great position to do that. There may even be some UNC verbals that opt out of their commitment and jump ship to the Pack. We would have a lot of momentum going into next year and be well on our way to establishing the program we all want.

  4. Sam92 10/11/2006 at 12:48 PM #

    looks like the wake game got picked up on espn’s “gameplan”, so that even those of us living in foreign lands, like new york, can tune in

    go pack!

  5. class of 74 10/11/2006 at 12:51 PM #

    ^^Looks like just the opposite is happening so far. Hard to figure but like we saw yesterday it’s not over until signing day.

  6. BoKnowsNCS71 10/11/2006 at 12:59 PM #

    Interesting that Auburn ran into a defensive buzz saw with Arkansas and an assistant defensive coach named Reggie Herring. Who, if I’m not mistaken, made the Wolfpack defense #1 in the nation two years ago and left to go with his old friend Coach McNutt at Arkansas. Looks like he still works magic. Arkansas is building a team that will shake up the SEC even more.

  7. Wolf-n-Atl 10/11/2006 at 1:29 PM #

    Funny how that same Arkansas team got destroyed by USC. I guess having your star running back playing can inspire your team, much like having a QB that makes big plays can inspire our team.

  8. Mr O 10/11/2006 at 1:30 PM #

    Herring may be a good coach, but he had something like 10 NFL players on that defense.

    Reid, Edwards, Hudson, Maddox, Thomas, Hoyte, Tullock, Manny, Mario and McCargo. Not to mention a lot of quality backups(Tank, Demario, AJ, etc…)

  9. Mr O 10/11/2006 at 1:32 PM #

    Noah: I got a great laugh out of your UNC comments. I agree wholeheartedly. The only question is if Bunting staying one more year makes your scenario more likely to happen.

  10. CaptainCraptacular 10/11/2006 at 1:41 PM #

    *The Gators are good, but are they good enough to go into Auburn against a wounded Tiger team looking for redemption after an embarrassing loss?*

    Before heading over to the stadium for the LSU-UF game, I was at a bar watching Auburn-Arkansas and Wake-Clemson. What was interesting was the crowd of 75 or so Gator faithful was overwhelmingly for Arkansas. One of the few dissenters, who was next to me said: “Why is everyone pulling for Arkansas? I don’t get it. We don’t need to go into Auburn next week after they’ve lost. Plus it’d be better to go in and beat an unbeaten team. Looks better.” I agreed with him. The Gators would have been way better off had Auburn won easily last week. But, after watching the LSU game, I’m not so sure it will matter.

    The Gators *are* good enough to beat Auburn. Can they? We’ll see.

    I think the knock on Florida is their offense is gimmicky, and like you said, there’s no pounding runner that can just kill you 5 yards at a time. It just doesn’t look from analysis like they would be able to do much against SEC defenses. But they do. LSU has just as much speed as Auburn, and UF was able to move the ball on them spreading it around with plenty of success. The right plays were called at the right time, and they made the absolute most of their opportunities. When UF needed a couple of yards on the ground, they gave it to Tebow who moved the pile. As for Florida’s D, we’ll I think last week should have shown that their D is one of the best, if not the best in the SEC. LSU supposedly had that honor, but they were outplayed last week. The UF D is waaaay underrated. The crowd had an effect on LSU, for sure, but UF has experience with a big hostile crowd this year against Tennessee.

    I’ll take UF to win that game, and in my opinion it won’t be an upset if they do.

  11. packpigskinfan23 10/11/2006 at 2:07 PM #

    I think Arizona St takes USC this weekend.

  12. Wolf-n-Atl 10/11/2006 at 2:21 PM #

    I’ve seen UF live in person. I don’t know if I agree that their defense is underrated. Bama moved the ball well on them only to self destruct in the red zone. LSU also self destructed. If you look at the stats from that game, LSU was ahead in most categories. I will agree that their play calling has been good esp w/ Tebow. He has surprised me. I didn’t think he could do what he did against LSU. I think if Auburn gets pressure on Leak, then he will make mistakes. So far their O-line is their MVP as they have given him plenty of time to find his receivers.

  13. CaptainCraptacular 10/11/2006 at 2:45 PM #

    Bama may have moved the ball, but their offense only scored 6 points. LSU moved the ball a little also, but their TD was scored on a short field. And yes LSU was ahead slightly in most categories.

    As for self destructing… did the opposing offense self destruct in both cases, or was the Florida D responsible for creating the mistakes? I’m not sure.

    Florida could have done more damange vs. LSU. I don’t know if this showed on TV or not, but there were at least 2 plays where Leak had a wide open receiver in the middle of the field within reach of an easy touchdown, but just didn’t see them. On those plays the safeties were either caught up toward the line or closer to the sideline but Leak threw to the side instead. If i recall correctly, one of those was the missed FG drive And by wide open, I mean wide open in the same way the receiver was on Tebow’s 30 yard throw TD throw. No-one near the guy with any chance of making a play. Leak just didn’t see them.

    I agree, their O-line has been the MVP.

  14. WestCoast 10/11/2006 at 3:14 PM #

    Gameplan it is! Pops will be in from Wendell and we’ll be holding down the local Bully’s Sports Bar here in Reno starting at 9AM! Go State!

  15. BoKnowsNCS71 10/11/2006 at 3:24 PM #

    I’m going with UF to win.

    As for Bama who trailed Duke 14-10 at the half last week, we will see how good Tuberville’s team really is if ti got pushed around by Bama.

    As for ASU beating USC — I just don’t see that happening at USC. But then again, ASU make get a big pep talk before the game from their BB coach. “Folks, it’s just like chopping wood.”

  16. BoKnowsNCS71 10/11/2006 at 3:48 PM #

    “Herring may be a good coach, but he had something like 10 NFL players on that defense.

    Reid, Edwards, Hudson, Maddox, Thomas, Hoyte, Tullock, Manny, Mario and McCargo. Not to mention a lot of quality backups(Tank, Demario, AJ, etc…)”

    What happened the year after Herring left? Weren’t all or most of these guys still there?

  17. ruffles31 10/11/2006 at 4:11 PM #

    Please explain what you mean by “Tennessee has disappointed.” They have been underdogs for one game and they have lost one game. Florida was favored to beat the Vols and unfortunately, they did. UT should of won the game but oh well.

    Auburn rebounds this weekend to beat UF 16-14.
    State beats Wake 24-13.
    USF nips UNC 29-27.
    VT beats BC 31-18.

  18. WP 01 10/11/2006 at 4:18 PM #

    Tennessee hasn’t dissappointed at all. After going 5-6 last year, they’re playing like one of the nation’s top teams. They need to beef up their front 7 on d, but they’re looking sharp.

  19. choppack1 10/11/2006 at 4:44 PM #

    “LSU also self destructed. If you look at the stats from that game, LSU was ahead in most categories. ”

    Yep – that fumble on the 1 yard line was huge.

  20. CaptainCraptacular 10/11/2006 at 4:58 PM #

    UF 26 – Aub 17
    NCSU 20 – Wake 20 – overtime, then who knows?
    USF 27 – UNC 16
    BC 31 – VT 30

  21. CaptainCraptacular 10/11/2006 at 5:01 PM #

    *“LSU also self destructed. If you look at the stats from that game, LSU was ahead in most categories. “

    Yep – that fumble on the 1 yard line was huge.*

    Well, I think they had 5 turnovers. The fumble on the 1 was huge, no understanding that one. And it was their own doing, and then the fumble on the kickoff was their own doing. But there were also 3 interceptions, which can be attributed to the UF defense doing a bang up job, considering Russell had only thrown 1 all year up to that point.

  22. CaptainCraptacular 10/11/2006 at 5:02 PM #

    understating, ack. Where’s the edit button?

  23. packpigskinfan23 10/11/2006 at 5:08 PM #

    boKnows- I can hope, cant I???

    serisouly if this was in Arizona it would be one hell of a game and I think ASU would “expose” USC… being in SoCal I can only hope they still do…

  24. NCSUDude17 10/11/2006 at 5:15 PM #

    2 big wins recently + game against a good Wake team = Me terrified. Hopefully our guys can get it done and stay in the Atlantic Division driver’s seat.

  25. bTHEredterror 10/11/2006 at 8:30 PM #

    Bama stats against florida were deceiving, they did have some yards, but they were mostly between the 30’s. Once (Tennessee) is an occurance, twice (Bama) is a coincidence, third time (LSU) is a trend. Auburn needed every minute and some help from Jamarcus Russell to beat LSU, and Arkansas served them real nice. A letdown would be a last minute loss, Arkansas stood on their damn neck. And what about the USC game where Auburn struggled mightily? I think Florida will beat Auburn, becuase what has been happening is that Cox has been exposed. The Hogs had the whole team on the LOS and the War Turkeys could only take advantage once. As for a running game, this is the game where Tebow’s runs will payoff.
    I watched the Ducks, who by the way got throttled by Cal last weekend, toy with the Sun Devils a couple of weeks back. I give them Frosty’s chance in Hades of gettin’ out of Pasadena with a win. Cal on the other hand…….

    State 28 WF 10
    UF 24 AU 14
    USF 35 UNx 17
    BC 28 VT 17

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