Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Schedule's out | by Jay

'06 and '07 are now set in stone.

Sept. 2 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 9 Penn State
Sept. 16 Michigan
Sept. 23 at Michigan State
Sept. 30 Purdue
Oct. 7 Stanford
Oct. 21 UCLA
Oct. 28 at Navy *
Nov. 4 North Carolina
Nov. 11 at Air Force
Nov. 18 Army
Nov. 25 at USC
* in Baltimore
Sept. 1 Georgia Tech
Sept. 8 at Penn State
Sept. 15 at Michigan
Sept. 22 Michigan State
Sept. 29 at Purdue
Oct. 6 at UCLA
Oct. 13 Boston College
Oct. 20 USC
Nov. 3 Navy
Nov. 10 Air Force
Nov. 17 Duke
Nov. 24 at Stanford


• Army, which we heard rumblings about being the 12th game, is now official for the '06 season.

• Bye weeks: before UCLA in '06, before Navy (and just after USC) in '07.

• The beginning to '07 is fairly rough: eight straight games against decent competition without a breather, culminating with Southern Cal.

• "at UCLA" in '07 has the potential to be one of the better road trips in recent memory.

• How strong are these schedules? Tough to say, and too early to tell. '06 is a real cipher: the resurgent Penn State, UCLA, and Georgia Tech squads give the appearance of strength, but we saw what happened to our schedule this year, the most "brutal schedule in college football". Preseason AP had Southern Cal #1, Tennessee #3, Michigan #4, Purdue #15, and Pitt #23, with Notre Dame nowhere to be seen. Two of those teams have survived the top 25, one just barely.

• That said, I like our chances in '06. With almost every important cog returning for another year, things look good for a National Championship run. (2007, on the other hand, could be a little bit of a rebuilding year once Brady, et. al., graduate.)

If we win the NC in '06, remember, you heard it here first.