- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM:

REDSKINS RED ZONE: The return of Point-Counterpoint with David Elfin and Ryan O’Halloran.

IN THE ROOM: Corey Masisak reports from Day 2 of Capitals training camp.

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ON WASHINGTON TIMES.COM EXCERPT FROM D1SCOURSE, OUR COLLEGES BLOG

I just finished a detailed statistical breakdown of Thursday’s Maryland-West Virginia game, as well as a sweep through Message Board Land.

Let’s just say I saw a different game from the one a lot of fans seemed to watch.

While it’s true West Virginia ran for 353 yards — the most since Ralph Friedgen arrived at Maryland — you almost have to segregate the numbers into two categories: “Steve Slaton and Pat White” and “Everyone Else.”

There’s only so much anyone can do to prepare for that offense in less than a week. Slaton and White are both capable of 200-yard games on the same night (just ask Dave Wannstedt), and they combined for 159 yards. You’d better believe Ralph would have taken that if someone offered it to him before kickoff. You’d be hard-pressed to find any coach who faces West Virginia this year that wouldn’t have taken that.

The trouble was Noel Devine and Owen Schmitt managed to gain 151 yards on three long carries. Those plays count, too, but they’re also from secondary and tertiary options that become lethal simply because they’re a change-up from Slaton and White.

Yet it seems like the apocalypse has arrived.

… Yielding 31 points isn’t bad. Even if the numbers don’t say it (and heaven knows I believe you can quantify a lot of things other folks like to attribute to intangibles), my eyes tell me the defense is better than it was last year.

Patrick Stevens

TWT FIVE MORE POTENTIAL UPSETS

We got lucky on a few last week, so here are five more fearless predictions.

Virginia: With no one expecting them to beat North Carolina, this should be where Lord Groh gets his Cavaliers back on track.

Nebraska: Southern Cal was nowhere near as dominant in Week 1 as people expected, and the Trojans will be in Husker Country.

Tennessee: The Volunteers should be angry, and the favored Gators are green.

Washington: Tyrone Willingham gets his signature win against Ohio State.

Colorado: Long road trip spells doom for Florida State.

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