This is turning out to be one depressing fall, football-wise. Neither of my teams are doing well. I can cut the Bucs some slack because a rookie starting at QB isn’t suppose to produce ticks in the wins column. Besides, it will get them closer to the top 5 of the 2007 NFL Draft next April. That’s always fun.

As for the Noles, what am I supposed to say? They’re 4 – 4 (2 – 4 in the conference) after this weekends loss to friggin Maryland and still in dead last in the Atlantic division of the ACC. They have lost 8 of their last 13 games played, essentially an inverse of last years 8 – 5 record. That equates to a Bowden paycheck of roughly $400,000 per win against the likes of Miami and Virginia Tech as well as powerhouses Rice, Troy, and Duke.

Our only hope for the rest of the schedule is to win 2 more so that we become bowl eligible. Those wins should come against Virginia next week and Western Michigan later right before the presumable ass-kicking by Florida. With those 2 wins the best bowl we could hope for would be the venerable MPC Computers Bowl on New Years Eve played on the beloved “smurf turf” of Boise State U usually in a blizzard. It would pit us against the WAC #1 which looks to be Boise State itself. The other bowl contenders are the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (I’m not making this up) – the very first bowl game this year – or the Emerald Bowl in San Fran two days after Christmas and essentially a home game for whatever mid-level PAC 10 school that manages to scrape together some wins.

My hope is the Smurf Turf Bowl. That way Hell will have officially frozen over.