West Virginia (-16.5) over Maryland. West Virginia, who will hear plenty of criticism about its schedule this year, will be anxious to put on a good showing against Maryland, a solid program from a BCS conference. Pretty soon the Mountaineers will be beating up on Big East bad boys like Cincinnati and Syracuse. (Emphasis on "bad.") It also helps that the game will be nationally televised and the center of plenty of attention on a Thursday night. Plenty of couches will be burned in Morgantown this evening - and all season. He'll be happy.
By the way, the Unknown Column has the Mountaineers playing in the title game this year. Part of this is because they're really good, part is because they have a very manageable schedule. It all adds up.
September record: 3-1