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Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Night Lights

Only one game to watch tonight: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati.

I think every die-hard and even casual football fan knows that Cincinnati is simply outmatched in this one. But there are a few important things to remember with this game:

1) Its college football. Anything can happen.

2) Tyler Palko will make it clear in this game how serious Pittsburgh will be in the Big East. With Louisville's halfback Michael Bush out with a broken leg, the field opens up a bit. West Virginia is now the clear favorite, but writing of Pitt would be a BIG mistake.

3) We will get a good look at Dave Wannstedt's defensive schemes. Everyone respects Pitt's offense (or at least should). Seeing if the former Dolphins coach can improve the system after one year will be a telling sign of his future worth to the Panthers.

4) Cincinnati is one of those programs you love to hate. Watching them lose is almost as fun as watching the dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers. They have had so many scandals in the last decade that they rival Ohio State, Miami and USC for most NCAA violations.

So, take my advice. When you get home from work, chill a couple brews, order a pizza, and start the weekend off right with a little college football.

The game is being aired on ESPN at 8:00 p.m.

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