After finally returning from Chicago earlier this week I'm firmly nestled in at the chateau here in the Queen City and I couldn't be happier. I'm foregoing homecoming weekend in Chapel Hill in favor of enjoying my own television, my own food and giving my bank account, polo shirts and khakis a break. What does that mean for you?
It means an ITB Open Thread!
That's right folks I'll be here all day to comment, discuss and critique the games being played. What follows is the "what I'm watching" portion so you've got a clue as to what I'm watching at the time.
So stop on by, stay, drop a note and don't be a stranger as we're looking to interact and enjoy a pretty solid Saturday of football.
I cannot wait to see if the Ol' Ball Coach is able to prove himself against a potent Petrino offense. Sakerlina's defense should play tough but if you give Mallett enough tosses he's going to put it in the end zone at some point. As for Da U facing Miami; this is the Cavaliers first return to South Florida since they closed out the Orange Bowl with a 49-7 beat down of the Canes. Plus my favorite college football crew calls the game; Doc Walker is without a doubt a southern legend on the M-I-C.
Duke @ North Carolina (ESPNU, 3:30pm)-Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
The two biggest games of the day plus you get Ohio State @ Penn State to sweeten the pot. The Big 10 match up should at least feature some quality back and forth as Matt Millen works to avoid blatant homerism and Sean McDonough delights us with his wit. LSU-Bama is the game of the day and I cannot wait to here the soothing tones of Verne Lundquist get on the air and let me know that everything is going to be ok.
*Duke and UNC is a personal must watch. I'm missing homecoming so I'll have the game on the little picture and the radio going. Heavy doses of Ryan Houston on offense is all it should take to maintain control of the Victory Bell.
Yes I went Bob Seger on these games because there are so many good ones to watch. I'll be flipping but the 7, 7:15, 7:45 and 8 staggered start times should make it easy to avoid ridiculous halftime shows. Florida is on this list purely for the Bob Davie factor and to here him find a way to get in his two cents on the Spikes issue. Dabo Swinney has a shot to show why he's been hired and OU and USC are two preseason top fives that now have five combined losses.
I'll be chilling in the robe and footies today, shrimp and grits are on the menu and the plan includes some frantic commenting here at ITB on the national picture as well as over at Carolina March on my Heels.
Drop a line, keep us posted and stay to comment. Today should be a fun one folks.