OK, so I know that a lot of folks are of the mindset of “WTF??? Why are we playing an away game vs ODU?”
There’s a lot of reasons, I’m sure. But the biggest one(s) is we needed a game, and I suspect the payout was attractive enough. There’s also that pesky little thing about the staff wanting to make some recruiting inroads in the area so, yeah.
The Pack will have the distinction of being the first BCS conference program to visit the Monarchs in Norfolk, so there’s that FWIW (I don’t have a citation to prove that, but I did hear it or read it somewhere earlier this week), which might also help with the ‘foot in the door’ type of thing as far as recruiting.
Personally, I don’t mind going on the road to ODU regardless of the ‘real‘ reasons, and my reasoning is much simpler. Road games are a totally different animal from the comfort of the home atmosphere, and all which that implies. I think it’s good for this team to get a road game under their belts early, and doing so against a lesser opponent allows for some adjusments, hopefully without taking an L. No offense whatsoever to ODU is intended….but they ain’t exactly Virginia Tech or Florida State. Or even Wake Forest for that matter….at least I don’t think they are. Wake is pretty bad, though, in spite of what their 3 point thrashing of West Point might tell you differently.
That being said, Old Dominion IS an FBS program, even if only for a little over 14 months.
The point being, getting on the road and getting the road kinks out against that sort of an opponent might pay dividends later.
Or it might not. It’s very possible I’m just talking out of my ass right now. It’s been known to happen on occasion.
But like it or don’t, the Pack will take the field in Norfolk at 7pm.
And bear in mind, the win over ODU last year in Raleigh wasn’t exactly a cakewalk (see below). Just saying.
There’s been some talk of the TV availability for tonight’s game.
It’s being carried by the American Sports Network (ASN), which locally will be carried on Channel 28 WRDC. Which as we’ve been informed about here, is NOT actually channel number 28 on TWC cable, as if anyone gave a shit. It might be 12, it might be 10, it might be 1215, who the fuq knows? I would advise you to open your onscreen guide (and your eyes) and look for the fricking game at 7pm, if not earlier. You’re all adults allegedly, I’m sure most of you can find it if you look hard enough.
The rest of the ASN affiliates listed nationwide can be found here.
For those who aren’t in an area where one of the ASN affiliates can reach you, check out that same SFN forums thread, as there is some info as far as how to get the game via interweb streaming there as well, which you might want to try out.
So I’m in a bit of quandary as to what to link to as far as mojo-vational type stuff.
Let’s try this….In no particular order…
Last week’s EKU win…
Last year’s ODU win in Raleigh…
And a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for you perverts…