Thursday Night in the Big East

Tonight is the start of the 2008 college football season, and two of Syracuse’s Big East foes are in action. UConn takes on the Hofstra Pride and Cincinnati takes on Eastern Kentucky.

The Syracuse-UConn rivalry is still alive and well, despite our 3 year run of what could charitably be described as a “slump” on our end of the spectrum. But like any good slump all we need is one ugly drunk chick to get back on track. UConn is hoping that Hofstra is their version of the slump-buster after being outscored by a margin of 90-31 in their final two games last season. The thought of an Appalachian State type upset has been talked about in Connecticut this week, which goes to show how much there is to write about Hofstra. I don’t really like the Pride’s odds in this one:

    UConn is 6-0 vs. FCS competition since 2002, winning those games by a combined 297-52. The Huskies are also undefeated in their five season openers at Rentschler. They’ve won seven straight at home, where they’ll play three of their first four games.

Hofstra also lost 14 starters from last years team. I’m thinking UConn will have very little trouble in this one:

UConn 38 – Hofstra 10

Cincinnati also opens up against a D-1AA (fuck calling it the Championship Sub Division) opponent. Eastern Kentucky played the Bearcats two years ago, losing 31-0. A similar result is likely. Cincinnati’s quarterback that won’t go away, Ben Mauk, has one last chance to gain an additional year of eligibility:

    Mauk will talk to the reinstatement committee by phone on Thursday afternoon, a few hours before the Bearcats open their season at home against Eastern Kentucky. He expects a decision either later in the day or on Friday.
    Mauk initially appealed for another season because of the dislocated shoulder and broken passing arm he suffered in the season opener at Wake Forest in 2006. When that argument was rejected, he contended that he had to redshirt his freshman year at Wake Forest because of injury and should get another season for that reason.
Ben Mauk (left) and Sinbad look to lead the Fightin' Armadillos into Big East play.

Ben Mauk (left) and Sinbad look to lead the Fightin' Armadillos to the Big East title.

That injury was of course suffered against Syracuse. Mauk must want revenge. Or he wants to be exactly like Scott Bakula’s character from “Necessary Roughness”. Mauk is definitly a talented quarterback, as he finished last season as the 11th rated passer in the country. While it shouldn’t be a problem against the Colonels, they could have trouble replacing him when they get to the tough part of their schedule.

But for tonight:

Cincy 42 – EKU 20

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