Aggies scheduled to take on the big boys

By September 2, 2009

Enterprise columnist

NOW THATÕS A SCHEDULE É years ago, when I started watching the Aggies play football against the likes of Chico State, the Cal Ramblers and the Whittier Poets, I never dreamed that one day theyÕd put together a schedule as challenging and daunting and downright exciting as the one weÕll all get to enjoy this fall É

Yes, what was rumor for months was made official last spring when UC Davis announced that both Boise State and Fresno State will be part of a murdererÕs row schedule for 2009 É people have been licking their chops ever since in anticipation of the start of the 2009 season Saturday night at Fresno State against the big, bad Bulldogs É of all the tough places to play a college football game, Fresno State ranks right at the top É toss in perennial I-AA power Montana and itÕs obvious the schedule-maker was not out to do the Aggies any favors É

We knew it would be like this when the Aggies moved up from Division II to what is now known as the Football Championship Subdivision that I Ñ and most fans Ñ still prefer to call I-AA É Boise State and Fresno State are one step further up the food chain in the No Playoff Subdivision, better known as I-A É

Truth be told, though, both Boise and Fresno are actually more than one step up when you consider they regularly compete at the highest level of I-A and are both perennial bowl participants É Boise, in fact, rarely loses a regular season game, especially on its blue Smurf Turf where the Aggies will be playing É just for comparison, it should be noted that Boise opens the season Saturday as a five-point favorite over Oregon, which is one of the favorites for the Pac-10 title É

If the goal for the Aggies were merely to play a Division I-A opponent, there are plenty of patsies available for the role É North Texas, SMU and Idaho qualify as Truly Terrible, but the Aggies instead went straight for the top É my hat is off to those who had the foresight and the courage to put such a schedule together É we wonÕt go undefeated, but it will certainly be fun to watch É you can be certain the coaches and the players share the excitement É

Both the Boise and Fresno games will be sold out at compelling college venues, and UC Davis can truly say it is now competing at the highest levels of college football É let the games begin É

SPEAKING OF FOOTBALL É warning to all sports writers of newspapers other than The Davis Enterprise É it is football season again and those troublesome words ÒfreshmanÓ and ÒfreshmenÓ will start to pop up in your copy É a quick review: ÒfreshmanÓ is singular and ÒfreshmenÓ is plural É ÒquarterbackÓ is singular and ÒquarterbacksÓ is plural É but when you have two quarterbacks who are both freshmen, they do not collectively become Òfreshmen quarterbacksÓ any more than two sophomores who happen to play quarterback become Òsophomores quarterbacks.Ó É no, they are Òfreshman quarterbacksÓ É is that clear? É I will not give this lesson again É

(Davis Enterprisers have been excused from class today because such an error has never been made by the esteemed sports staffers of this newspaper.) É I did, however, run across the extremely irritating Òfreshmen redshirtsÓ on ESPN.com É

BURN, BABY, BURN É Ed at comcast.net writes to say ÒI thought Davis already had a voluntary burn/no burn program (since 1868).Ó É 1868, Ed? É that would be Davisville youÕre talking about É ÒPeople with fireplaces had the choice to have a fire in their fireplace or not. IsnÕt that voluntary?Ó É indeed, it is É ÒI have asthma and have chosen not to have a fire in my fireplace since 2003. But I would never tell my neighbors they could not have the pleasure of having a fire a few times a year.Ó É

YouÕre much too reasonable, Ed É you need to fight this thing to the death É ÒI remember how much I enjoyed gazing into the fireplace and day-dreaming when I was a kid, usually when there was a fire.Ó É very funny É ÒI also remember my cat placing his feet against the firescreen and toasting his toes.Ó É can we get your cat a seat on the Natural Resources Commission? É

Ñ Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected] Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

Bob Dunning

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