November 26, 2010

I've got a Bad Feeling About This...

Han Solo must have been an East Carolina football fan.

My alma mater of ECU is up against Southern Methodist today in a CUSA game. Both enter with identical records 6-5 (5-2 CUSA), but there the similarities end.

The defending CUSA champion Pirates under first-year head coach Ruffin McNeal have been dazzling at times, with a high-octane offense that is capable of putting up astronomical numbers. Unfortunately, they've also been cursed with a young and undersized defense that is giving up the kind of points normally seen in basketball games, including a humiliating 62 points given up against a sub-par Rice team last week.

SMU, however, is a team on the rise, hoping to contend for their first CUSA championship

local sports reporters is picking SMU, 56-42.

I'm not into sports betting (primarily because I stink at that and just about every other form of gambling) but if I was putting money on the game, I'd have to give the game to SMU by a touchdown or more.

I'd really love to munch Thanksgiving leftovers while watching my Pirates win, but I don't think it's in the cards in their regular season finale.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 26, 2010 12:58 PM

A few years ago I went to a football game between USMA (West Point) and -- I'm pretty sure -- ECU at West Point.

Before the game the ECU team all took a knee, on the field, for a short prayer, and the poor Army Cadets had to stand around staring at the laces on their cleats.

Posted by: Bill Smith at November 26, 2010 02:11 PM

Sigh. Another bad loss for the Pirates

Posted by: William Teach at November 27, 2010 07:45 PM

Sorry to hear your team didn't win. On Friday I chanced to freeze my butt off, but it was worth it watching my alma mater Nevada come from behind to beat a much over rated BSU team.

Posted by: Todd N at November 29, 2010 05:18 PM