It’s never too early to talk college football. Never.
Even if the calendar say it’s barely summer, fall cannot get here fast enough. So over the next two weeks or so, Kermit the Blog will count down the 10 Easiest Schedules of the 2007 College Football season. We’re aiming for one a day (weekday), but we’re lazy, so it might take longer. Thankfully we’ve got time.
Yeah, the scale is sliding and teams with talent deficiencies get a little bit of leeway, but you are a military academy and if you’re going to defend my country, how about you practice by defending a goal line against stouter enemy than a Blue Devil or Blue Hen?
Just because the latter wear helmets that look like Michigan’s doesn’t mean they play like Michigan. See that, pic? The fact that they are tackling a Navy player from behind in the open field pretty much tells me everything I need to know about Delaware’s football prowess.
The closest thing the Middies have to conference games are the other Academies and the annual epic overachievement against Notre Dame. And as an alumnus, let me apologize for the fourth-down spot in 1999. You got jobbed. Really, I’m not opposed to the losing streak coming to an end, and frankly, had it happened then it might have resulted in Bob Davie being escorted out of his Joyce Center offices by nightfall that very day. That’s the kind of service to your country I can totally get behind.
Anyway, Army is bad. Air Force is, well, with the departure of Team Jesus DeBerry who knows, but they are likely very bad.
That leaves 9 spots to fill. As an independent it might be tough for Navy to find games, but given the big conferences big boys’ blood lust, it can’t be that hard.
So instead, the meat of the Navy sked is a gauntlet through Temple, Ball State, Duke, Delaware, North Texas, and Northern Illinois. I’m tempted to add Pittsburgh to that list because any team coached by Dave Wannstedt is never going to win anything of consequence.
Paul, c’mon. Look, you had the Meineke Bowl won. Less than two minutes. BC was out of timeouts. All you had to do was run out the clock against a pretty good ACC squad. Plus you manage to make Touchdown Jesus’ psalms sweat for three quarters every year. And that probably runs down into the stigmata… it can’t be fun. Point being, when you execute, you can play with bigger teams.
I’m not asking you to schedule Georgia, Miami, and Oregon but maybe pick someone who didn’t get shut out by 1-AA Richmond.
Navy 2007 Football Schedule
8/31 at Temple
9/7 at Rutgers
9/15 Ball State
9/29 Air Force
10/10 at Pitt
10/20 Wake Forest
11/3 at Notre Dame
11/10 at North Texas
11/17 Northern Illinois
12/1 Army (at Baltimore)
The Rest of the List