CFB Notes from the Newsroom 2012 - Week 1

CFB Notes from the Newsroom 2012 - Week 1

By Michele Gordon
CSNwashington.com

It's that time of year again but it seemed like forever to get here. Another season of college football in the DMV is on the horizon so without further ado, let's get started.

Pretty much everyone is aware of the obstacles facing the Terps heading into the season. The injury bug showed up in College Park early in fall camp and did some serious damage. Quarterback C.J. Brown is out for the season with a torn ACL. Linebacker Kenny Tate is dealing with more knee issues and will miss 2-3 weeks.

This Saturday the Terps will start true freshman Perry Hills at quarterback. I've spoken to quite a few players and they have all said that they are impressed with his poise. Hills himself feels he is ready to go against William & Mary and insists he does not get nervous or the "butterflies. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross earned the starting job at running back so new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has his hands full.

Maryland hosts the Tribe this weekend at Byrd Stadium. The CAA has had a lot of success against the ACC in past years so you can never count anyone out. However, Jimmye Laycock's squad no longer has superstar Jonathan Grimes.

PREDICTION: MARYLAND

Mike London's squad enters this season as the unknown. Many say the Cavaliers overachieved last year but I wouldn't be surprised if they had another strong season in 2012. Quarterback Michael Rocco has been named the starter for Saturday's game against Richmond (coached by his uncle, Danny Rocco). However, Alabama transfer Phillip Sims continues to learn the offense and is not far behind. London told the media on Monday that his goal is to redshirt sophomore quarterback David Watford. Tailback Perry Jones should have another impressive season. He told me in late July that he's waiting for Coach Reid (defensive coordinator) to use him on defense.

The Wahoos host Richmond this Saturday at 3:00 (you can watch it on Comcast SportsNet). As I said above with Maryland, you can never count out the CAA. I believe new head coach Danny Rocco will do a great job with this program but I don't see an upset happening in Week 1.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA

The Hokies have faced big-time opponents including Alabama and Boise State in season openers but this year's week one contest takes the cake. Virginia Tech hosts Georgia Tech on Labor Day night at Lane Stadium. In each of the last seven seasons, the winner of the GT-VT game has gone on to claim the Coastal Division title and play in the ACC Championship Game. Junior quarterback Logan Thomas is expected to have a HUGE year for the Hokies and Bud Foster's defense looks to be as dominant as ever. This is always a terrific contest but I think the Hokies have the advantage with home field plus a month to prepare for Paul Johnson's triple option offense.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

It will be fun to watch the CAA this season. Defending CAA champion Towson has been picked to win again but Old Dominion is hot on their heels. The Monarchs are departing for Conference USA next year so this is their last chance to win a conference title and participate in the playoffs for a few years.

There are plenty of intriguing matchups this weekend but I'm most looking forward to watching Towson face Kent State Thursday night (on Comcast SportsNet Plus). I spoke to head coach Rob Ambrose and a couple of players at the end of July and they are a very confident and motivated bunch.

PREDICTION: TOWSON

Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium

Donald Trump to attend Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium

President-elect Donald Trump plans to attend Saturday's Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. 

Soon to be Commander-In-Chief of all branches of the military, Trump will split his time between the two sidelines, as is customary. 

Past presidents have attended the longstanding rivalry game, including President Barack Obama in 2011. 

According to ESPN, Navy has beaten Army the last three times presidents have been in the audience. Then again, Navy has won the last 14 consecutive contests anyway.

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Navy unveils crisp, classic uniforms for Army-Navy Game

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Navy unveils crisp, classic uniforms for Army-Navy Game

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Army and Navy take the field at M&T Bank Stadium in the 117th annual Army-Navy Game, the most prestigious rivalry in college football.

Unlike most other rivalries, which are built on hatred and blind fandom, the Army-Navy Game is one built on competition, sportsmanship and respect.

On Monday afternoon, the Army football program unveiled the World War II-inspired uniforms the Black Knights will wear on Saturday afternoon.

On Tuesday, Navy unveiled its uniforms, and before the game even begins, we have to give the slight edge to Navy in the uniform department.

The Midshipman have won 14 consecutive games against their rivals and hold a 60-49-7 lead in all-time meetings.

The 2016 Army-Navy Game kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:00 PM ET on CBS.

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