Yes, I know that Division 1AA is now officially known as FCS, while 1A's technical moniker is now FBS. Whatever...I'm still calling them 1A and 1AA.
JAMES MADISON at NORTH CAROLINA
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, 6pm - Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Series Record: First meeting
Stat Watch: 3-7...UNC's record in it's last 10 season openers
Quick Overview: The Heels open the season with a Duke opponent for a change. Ha! Anyway, JMU is supposedly one of the top 1AA squads, and the Heels have a bit of a shaky recent history against lower division competition. However, Butch Davis is now patrolling the Kenan sideline...the incompetent vibes of John Bunting and Carl Torbush have (hopefully) been whisked away. Will TJ Yates cement his starting status or will he get an early hook if the Carolina offense fails to light up the scoreboard quickly?
Prediction: General sloppiness, but a victory nonetheless. North Carolina 34, James Madison 17
VILLANOVA at MARYLAND
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, 6pm - Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
Series Record: Maryland leads 8-2; the Terps won the last meeting 7-3 in 1980
Stat Watch: 88, 84, 90...the Terrapins' national ranking in total offense, total defense, and turnover margin in 2006
Quick Overview: The all around general blah-ness of the Maryland program over the last three seasons could get a major shot in the arm with a nice fat blowout over an outmatched Wildcat squad. Will it happen? Doubtful. The MASH unit that is the Terp roster will get some much needed rest this weekend while Jordan Steffy and Co. need to put up some solid numbers on offense to alleviate the uneasy concern surrounding the Turtles this year.
Prediction: Not as bad as the FIU abomination last year, but the recent uninspired play of the Terps bleeds into this season. Maryland 30, Villanova 10
Previews of the remaining 8 ACC-oriented games this weekend coming up shortly...