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Devine Isn’t Just Next, He’s Better

Noel Devine isn’t just Slaton’s replacement, he’s a better version of the former Heismann hopeful.  I believe Devine is more explosive and, importantly, better at shaking tackles.  Something Steve stunk at.  A lot of people have compared Devine to Barry Sanders, but I’m having a difficult time doing so.  Especially since Barry only played running back for a half dozen games in high school and was a starter in his senior year only in college.  Basically, I have no statistical point of reference.  Devine certainly seems to have the whole package, I’m interested to see him put on 20 pounds and see if the results still stay the same.  Can anybody draw a convincing comparison between Devine and Sanders?

‘Eers 2008 Football Schedule Excitement Starts In Colorado

Its well known that the Big East has won the scheduling derby the past few seasons and have done it again this year.  The West Virginia Mountaineers will cap the season on the road at Pittsburgh then at home against South Florida, the only two teams to defeat the ‘Eers last year.  It’s likely all three teams will be ranked and vying for the Big East title at that point.  What’s more and equally important, the Mountaineers have huge early and mid-season showdowns against Colorado and Auburn, respectively and I would like to take a closer look at Colorado.

Another blog provides a great look at their upcoming schedule and briefly analyzes the dandy that should happen in Boulder.

Last year Colorado defeated Oklahahoma and Texas Tech while fighting Florida State and Illinois to the very end in close loses.  They are definitely competitive and fighters at the top level.  Plus, West Virginia is playing at Colorado and I think home field advantage has been a lost concept in recent years.  Think about it, 3rd game of the season, away at Colorado, against a team competetive against some of the best last year while beating a few of them.  I have no clue, but does anyone know if their stadium is a mile above sea level like the city of Denver is?  Because that could be a factor. 

InterestingIy, I doubt anyone except Colorado fans think they have a chance and most people may only remember then from the Katie Hnida scandal.  But, Colorado did win the Big 12 as recently as 2001 and their program did go bowling last year.  If West Virginia can go to Boulder and dominate then I think they will be National Title contenders.  I think this game will set the stage for the ‘Eers 2008 season.  What are your thoughts?