The Washington Times - October 26, 2008, 07:19PM

This entry is about to become half as busy every week.

That’s because if Navy wins six games, it is sort of silly to list a huge chart of the Midshipmen’s remaining games. They’ll be locked into the Dec. 20 EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium, and that will be that.


So if the Mids knock off Temple on Saturday, that half of the “tracking” will be reduced to one line mentioning what Navy happened to do in a given week.

Of course, that hasn’t happened yet. So here, as always, is the 2007 vs. 2008 chart for the Mids in the wake of a victory that did not require a passing attempt on Saturday against Southern Methodist:

2008 OpponentResult 2007 Equivalent 
TowsonW, 41-13 
DelawareL, 59-52
at Ball StateL, 35-23
Ball StateL, 34-31 (OT)
at DukeL, 41-31
DukeW, 46-43
RutgersW, 23-21
at RutgersL, 41-24
at Wake ForestW, 24-17
Wake ForestL, 44-24
at Air ForceW, 33-27
Air ForceW, 31-20
PittsburghL, 42-21
at PittsburghW, 48-45 (2OT)
Southern Methodist 
W, 34-7
at North TexasW, 74-62
at TempleW, 30-19
vs. Notre Dame
at Notre DameW, 46-44 (3OT)
at Northern Illinois
Northern IllinoisW, 35-24
vs. Army
vs. ArmyW, 38-3

Onward to the ACC, where victories by Duke, Miami and Virginia all increased the odds of nine teams emerging from the league with bowl eligibility.

About the only team that’s out of the picture is N.C. State, which fell to 2-6 with its loss at Maryland and remains the only team winless in league play. One more loss KO’s the Wolfpack from the bowl picture, and while they might have another two wins in them, four would be an extremely steep task.

Here’s the rundown of the full league:

ACC teams with 4+ wins: 10
ACC teams at .500 or better: 10
ACC teams that are bowl eligible: 2 (Maryland, North Carolina)
Current projected team to the EagleBank Bowl: Boston College, Duke or Wake Forest

Patrick Stevens