The Charlotte 49ers football team will hit the field for real in 2013. In the meanwhile, you check out the progress of the team and and the stadium this Saturday November 17. The Fall Football Finale is the last practice session for now and begins at 1 pm. About 700 Football Season Licenses remain. Dan Devos gave me a tour of the stadium and facilities two weeks ago, and you can see from my iphone photo that the building process has come along quickly there. It will seat about 15,000 fans initially but is expandable obviously as the program will join Conference USA in 2015. It does not have lights, as they will play day games for at least the first two seasons beginning with the opener August 31, 2013 vs Campbell.
Texas A&M's victory over previously top-ranked Alabama has us in unchartered territory. Oregon and Kansas State hold the top two spots in the BCS and there is further cushion against the SEC reaching the title game with Notre Dame ranked 3rd. Alabama begins a procession of six SEC teams next in the rankings from 4th through 9th. While that shows the strength of the conference overall, it is highly unlikely to be good enough to get another one through to the BCS title, which the SEC has won six years in a row. Alabama is still tracking to face Georgia in the SEC title game.
Florida State is the class of an unbelievably weak ACC this year. A special exemption should be made for Clemson to play the Seminoles in the ACC title game here in Charlotte as literally nobody else in the conference is worthy. Hard to believe it will come down to Georgia Tech, Miami or Duke which continue to take turns losing games that matter. And we thought the Yellow Jackets were done for the season when they lost their opener to Virginia Tech. The Belk Bowl will have to sift through the pile of leftovers after that.
You can hear Dave Nathan and me on Primetime in the ACC every Wednesday night at 9 pm on WBT. This week's football topic will be thank goodness basketball season has arrived.