For those that don't know, tonight is when the 2008 college football season kicks off, and I've written a CSN Way article about it - imploring Appalachian State fans to, well, not get hurt when LSU pounds them this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Included is also my predictions of the only game this week involving a Patriot League school, Colgate:
Colgate at Stony Brook. What seemed like just another opening-day matchup becomes much more interesting when Raider runningback Jordan Scott was suspended for this particular game for an offseason incident. The Seawolves, eager to show off their team now teeming with 63 scholarships, have the goal of an at-large playoff spot and will have a running threat of their own in runningback Conte Cuttino. Who takes this one? I think Colgate’s going to prove that they are not simply Jordan Scott and a cloud of dust. Colgate wins. “STEVE HANSEN and a cloud of dust?” 30, Southern-Fried Seawolves 27.
While I'm at it, let me point you to some of the other Lehigh-related press that's been coming out. Incidentally, how annoying is it that Lehigh and Penn State have QBs with the same last name? Every time I see an article with the name "Clark" on it from The Morning Call I keep thinking it's something special about Lehigh... and what a disappointment that it's about some school in the cow pastures of central Pennsylvania... and no, I don't mean Bucknell.
Morning Call: Mountain Hawks Name Clark Starting QB
''J.B. had the strongest arm and is the most athletic of the candidates. Those are tangible things, but there were other things about him that we liked. He just has a very good way about him. He's respected by his teammates. This is an opportunity to see where we can go with him.''
Morning Call: 5 Things to Watch for Lehigh Football
3. Can an offensive line, featuring three sophomores, jell and protect?Easton Express-Times: Q&A with Lehigh QB J.B. Clark
All-American center John Reese and all-league tackle Jimmy Kehs are gone, and sophomores Ricky Clerge, Will Rackley and Keith Schauder will have to grow up fast as starters. Whether the QB is Clark or Bokosky, the line will have a less mobile QB to protect this year.
E-T: Do you feel at any disadvantage since opening day is less than two weeks away?
JB: I think that extra week (last week) pushed me and Chris to get better every day. Coach Coen had us on our toes and working hard every day. Summer and off-season is more physical. Now it's a lot more mental, especially for a quarterback.
Allentown Morning Call: Lehigh Counting On Diamond, Defense to Lead the Way
''The big thing is we have a lot of leadership throughout the whole team,'' Coen said. ''Some guys are vocal, some are quiet. It's a nice mix. We've got a lot of younger guys ready to step up and we'll try to get the best out of each other and try to put up a few more wins.''
Finally, Drake, Lehigh's opponent on opening day next week, overcame a sluggish start and struggled to put away D-II Upper Iowa 17-13 at home. Senior S Andy Green intercepted the ball at the goalline with 35 seconds left to preserve the win for the Bulldogs.