What, you thought there was nothing to write about this week, with all the FBS slots decided and the regular season over?
Shows how wrong you were. The annual game of the year, the game of games, the game all the other games only wish they could grow up to be – that is the game that looms before us on Saturday.
Navy. Army. Wait – at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.? Who thought that was a good idea? Ugh. Well, 2:30 PM EST. Be there.
(BTW, the oddscritters have Navy giving 7, which sounds to me like a lot of optimism from Canoe Club fans.)
Meanwhile, the NCAA FBS, not content with its irredeemable BCS issues, has descended into an unseemly food fight over conference alignments. This was expected, of course, and hinted at all throughout the season (not to mention during 2-a-days before the season), mainly because so many folks are being paid to jabber about it endlessly. It appears that most of the teams we follow have what we might call a decided future, even if their conferences are collapsing around them.
Tulsa will reportedly be onboard for the C-USA merger with the Mountain West. Houston, UCF, and SMU from C-USA are going to the Big East, as are Boise State and San Diego State from MWC.
OU and OSU will both stay in the Big 12, to which TCU is being added from MWC. West Virginia is also slated to join the Big 12 from Big East, but there are reports of legal obstacles to be overcome, which we think is downright charming.
Navy has been rumored for a long time to be headed for the Big East, which frankly is going to be a mohunker super-conference if it gets everybody that’s supposedly headed its way. That may or may not happen next year. Not clear what will happen to the other independents (Army, BYU, Notre Dame). Air Force will presumably stay in MWC.
Virginia Tech will stay in the ACC. Like OU, OSU, and Texas in the Big 12, VT is one of the teams that make an “ACC” possible, even aside from giving the ACC an automatic BCS slot.
Nevada is supposed to go to the Mountain West, but rumors are flying that the Wolf Pack may get snapped up by the Big 12 in a 2-team expansion with Colorado State.
It’s all very distressing. There is some actual football to set our minds on, however, with FCS, Div II, and Div III play.
The FCS semi-finals on Friday and Saturday, respectively, will feature Northern Iowa versus Montana, and Lehigh versus North Dakota State.
In the Div II semi-finals, Delta State and Pittsburgh State will duke it out on Saturday, along with Winston-Salem and Wayne State (MI).
The Div III semi-finals will be played on Saturday as well, with Wisconsin-Whitewater hosting St. Thomas (MN) and Wesley hosting Mt. Union.
The FCS championship game will be on 7 January at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX. Division II and III will play their championship games on the 17th.
It’s a nice time of year, when Big Sports Broadcasting covers the little guys, because none of the big guys are playing.