Starving and Waiting
We’ve finally begun our first game week of the 2010 season and that means we’ll soon have a lot of the information we’ve been waiting so long for.
1) Two Deeps
We could see the starting lineups in the game notes as early as tomorrow, but if Fordham delays their release we’ll have to wait a little longer. Also, seasoned Columbia fans know the official published lineups aren’t usually what you see when the games actually start. But you know we’ll all devour every piece of info on that two-deep anyway… because we’re STARVED for COLUMBIA FOOTBALL!!!
2) Weather reports
Yep, we care about the weather because it can affect the players and it certainly affects attendance. Not that attendance won’t already be challenged a bit this Saturday because it’s Yom Kippur. But there’s no avoiding either the weather or the Jewish holidays. Right now, the forecast for Saturday is calling for sunny skies and 74 degrees… but I have found that the forecasts for the weekends in New York usually aren’t remotely accurate until Wednesday.
3) Ivy League Football weekly coaches conference call
Tomorrow at 11, we’ll hear from each coach and the news media will even get a chance to ask a question or two. This happens every Tuesday and I assume the league will make an audio file of it available later in the day.
My predictions. My forecasts will be back this year, but this time I will be counting the betting spreads! So let’s see how well I do against the off shore smarties!
4) My 2010 guide to going to the games at Baker Athletics Complex!
That should be out this Wednesday.
Speaking of devouring bits and pieces of news, the final live blog of the preseason was filled with a few good tidbits Saturday.
I thought the news of freshman Marquel Carter switching to QB was interesting. With all the running QB’s Columbia will be facing this season, I wonder if Carter will become a go-to guy to run scout team offenses in practice. This will give the freshman very good experience at least.
We also have a new name on the roster. He is frosh kicker Daniel Chester from Charlottesville, VA.
The pregame picnics with FREE BEER will be back this season, but they’re moving the picnic area to the concourse in front of the stadium and the adjacent grassy area. I like that better actually, because it makes for a shorter walk to the actual game.
Cupcakes and Jawbreakers
Which Ivy teams have the easiest and the toughest week one opponents based on those opponent records so far?
Three days ago I would have said Yale had the easiest opponent in Georgetown and Harvard probably had the toughest opponent in Lafayette.
But now the Hoyas are riding high after their stunning upset of… Lafayette!
That leaves me confused about the toughest opponent, but I’ll have to go with Holy Cross. The Crusaders face Harvard Saturday and they always play the Crimson tough. But Holy Cross does not seem to be as good as last year’s team that barely edged Harvard in Worcester last year.
Fordham may be a close second in the tough category now that the full-scholarship Rams have seemingly reignited their season with a thrilling win over Rhode Island. The Lions will certainly have their hands full with speedy QB Blake Wayne and Fordham’s other offensive weapons.
Speaking of scholarships, Bruce Wood at Big Green Alert believes the whippings some of the top Patriot League teams took on Saturday could help the pro-athletic scholarship forces within that conference. If those forces win out, Fordham could find its way back from its quasi-exiled status in the league.
But don’t sleep on up-and-coming Stony Brook. They beat Brown last season at home and seem very strong this year too. This will at least be a home game for the Bears this time around.
I am going to say that Dartmouth officially has the easiest week one opponent in Bucknell. The Bison lost by two scores to Marist… that’s right Marist, on Saturday. It’s a road game for the Big Green, but that shouldn’t hurt too much.
Cornell doesn’t exactly seem to have its hands full against Wagner… but Bucknell is obviously going through a crisis right now. Wagner is not very close to that kind of nadir right now.