Can you smell it? Change is in the air. That change hits you smack in the face like a linebacker in the Oklahoma drill. September is here and that means football is back!
Say goodbye to those long, hot summer days and chillin on the beach with your frisbee and bocce balls. Time to get out your favorite jeans and sweatshirt, your cornhole boards and get to tailgating.
Local college football is set to kick off in a big way this weekend and here’s a quick update on our local teams.
Old Dominion will begin its second season of play Saturday as a member of Conference USA when Bobby Wilder’s Monarchs travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan to play Eastern Michigan University. So where is Ypsilanti? That’s about 35 miles west of Detroit, in case you were wondering. Eastern Michigan University is known as EMU, however their nickname is the Eagles!
From Ypsilanti to Piscataway, New Jersey we head where Norfolk State will open the season on the road against Rutgers. The Spartans begin play with a new head coach for the first time in 10 seasons. Latrell Scott takes over for Pete Adrian.
Let us leave New Jersey and hop on over to Pennsylvania where William & Mary will begin the season in Easten, PA against Lafayette. William & Mary and Lafayette are two of the oldest schools in the country and between them had combined to play 2,363 games but had never on the field of play until 2012. While the Leopards won that initial meeting, the Tribe have claimed the last two.
Hampton is at home Saturday against the Thoroughbreds of Kentucky State University. The Pirates will think they are playing against NSU since KSU wears the same green and gold colors as the Spartans.
Christopher Newport University will open up the season at home against the Lions of The College of New Jersey.
Virginia will travel over 2,500 miles to play in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl against UCLA. Who agreed to this scheduling odyssey? Good luck to the fans who make the long trip to Los Angeles to see the Cavaliers play. Look at the bright side, the Hoos return home the following week to host 11th ranked Notre Dame!
And if that wasn’t enough great football, how about Monday night in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech hosts defending national champion Ohio State in one of the most highly anticipated games in Lane Stadium history.
Can the Hokies upset the Buckeye’s again? Ohio State is missing four suspended starters and one of their top receivers is out for the season. One thing you can be sure of is the Burg will be rocking Monday night.