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Don’t count out Aggies’ little-known opponent

August 10, 2010 |

Enterprise columnist

WHO DAT? É wow, hard as it is to believe, the college football season is upon us É and if thereÕs a better time of year, I sure havenÕt found it É now, a few months ago eyebrows were raised among Aggie faithful when the 2010 football schedule was unveiled and revealed none other than the University of South Alabama as a first-time opponent É South Who? É I mean, this is not defending national champion Alabama, though the day may yet come when the Aggies make a trip to Tuscaloosa to battle the Crimson Tide É

So, what do we know about South Alabama? É well, while the word is that this will be the first year of true competition for the Jaguars, they were undefeated last year against a seven-game ÒscheduleÓ that included the likes of Louisburg J.C., Fork Union Military Academy and Army Prep É the 2010 schedule is somewhat more challenging, but still has such no-names as Edward Waters, Missouri S&T, Arkansas-Monticello and Pikeville É

The Jaguars do, however, have big plans É their 2011 schedule features North Carolina State of the ACC, and within three years theyÕll be playing Tennessee, Navy and Mississippi State É talk about a baptism of fire É South Alabama visits Aggie Stadium Oct. 23 É oh yeah, in case you forgot, in addition to a suspect opponent like South Alabama, the Aggies open at Cal, which is not suspect at all É

SPEAKING OF AGGIE FOOTBALL É highly respected sports writer Chris Dufrense of the Los Angeles Times, surveying the entire big-time college football scene, had this shocking assessment of the upcoming season: ÒUpset pick of the year: UC Davis over San Jose State on Oct. 2.Ó É wow, perhaps Chris remembers that big Aggie win over Stanford a few years back É Stanford certainly remembers it É Dufrense picks the Aggies because after San Jose State plays Alabama, Wisconsin and Utah in September Ñ all on the road Ñ Òthe Spartans might not have any players left.Ó É

Cupcake Schedule of the year goes to Nebraska, whose three nonconference home games consist of Western Kentucky, Idaho and South Dakota State É IÕd take the Aggies to go 3-0 against that slate É

SPEAKING OF HOT-AND-COLD SCHEDULES É apparently following footballÕs lead when it comes to scheduling, the Aggie menÕs basketball team will face Academy of Art University (the Fighting Paintbrushes?) along with Cal and UCLA É wow, can you imagine playing in UCLAÕs Pauley Pavilion, the ultimate shrine of college basketball? É especially after playing Academy of Art, which just happened to finish 0-26 last year É

RETURN OF THE ÒTOO TALLÓ TOWER É my friend Ed at said he read in this very newspaper Òthat the new proposed Yolo County landfill location for the Too-Tall Tower collided with farmers and environmentalists.Ó É read the same thing myself, Ed É ÒYou really have to bungle a project to annoy both those groups. The county would have been better off annoying the South Davis folks. At least south of Davis the bird-collision issue would just be a phantom issue.Ó É makes you wonder what Charles Darwin would have said about a bird that crashes into a tower É

Adds Ed: ÒA pair of red-tailed hawks nested in the Pole Line Road radio tower during 2009. The pair nested somewhere else this year.Ó É probably in Woodland, where they could get more ÒhouseÓ for their dollar É


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