Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"When You Ain't Got Nothing, You Got Nothing to Lose"

Bob Dylan could be giving advice to the Buffalo Bulls in this line from "Like a Rolling Stone."

Is anyone else just a little nervous about this opening game on August 30th? My season tickets didn't even come in the mail yet, but I'm already getting a little knot in my stomach.

When I see these predicted results for the 2007 Buffalo Bulls in this preview page from Athlonsports.com, I can't help thinking that this is a desperate team with nothing at all to lose -- and the world to gain -- by pulling out all stops, using all its tricks, and playing over its head against a highly-ranked Rutgers team.

A team that's being shown such complete preseason disrespect -- "hey, maybe you'll win one . . . against Temple" -- can be a dangerous team. A Rutgers team that was treated lightly shocked the football world at the beginning of the 2004 season by beating Michigan State. And, of course, those same Scarlet Knights lost to New Hampshire in their second game of the 2004 season. That's what scares me. The Knights won't have any trouble getting up for Louisville and West Virginia, but they can't ignore the New Hampshires and Cincinnatis and Buffalos and Norfolk States on their road to a third-straight bowl bid.

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