PINEHURST, N.C. -- The season is fast approaching, and no doubt everyone is thrilled about that.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff gets underway shortly. The Canes brought senior center Tyler Horn and senior linebacker Sean Spence to represent the U. We chatted briefly last night to say hi, and they are, as you would expect, excited to get things going.
ACC commissioner John Swofford will speak first, then they'll bring in two athletes from each ACC team. Unfortunately, UM doesn't go until late afternoon/evening.
Before I run downstairs, I wanted to see what you thought about UM's schedule beginning on the road against ACC opponent Maryland, which, by the way, has an outstanding quarterback in Danny O'Brien and is probably pretty ticked about the way it lost to UM last season. That game is on Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day night, and will be the only football game on -- in prime time.
UM's first six games, except for Bethune Cookman on Oct. 1, are a load: at Maryland (then the only open week of the season, and a very early open week at that), followed by Ohio State, Kansas State, BC, at Virginia Tech and at North Carolina.
Also interesting: the FSU game this year is as late as I remember it, in Tallahassee on Nov. 12, followed by an away game at USF. Both those games bring back horrible memories.
No other ACC teams except Maryland and Miami play another ACC team to open the season. I like the challenge of the opener. Both teams will be equalized somewhat because it's their first game (always a bit rusty for both teams) and both teams should be fresh. If the Canes can go on the road and beat what looks to be a pretty darn good Terrapins team, what a way to lift off the Al Golden era.