Howard Herman: A gridiron look across the region
Three days into the Labor Day weekend, are you college footballed out yet?
If you have a college-age child, you probably just moved he or she into their dorm or apartment for the coming school year. Most schools don't even start classes until after the holiday.
But here we are, three days of games on TV and more today and Monday.
With that in mind, here's your primer for the coming season in New England college football.
If Thursday night was any indication, UConn won't be the best team in the region. The Huskies were spanked by Division I-FCS Towson in East Hartford. That does not bode well for coach Paul Pasqualoni's long-term employment in Storrs.
The best Division I-FBS team in New England will be, although the record might not show it, Boston College.
First-year coach Steve Addazio's resume may not be great -- two seasons at Temple -- but he made one very smart decision. Former UMass head coach Don Brown was hired as defensive coordinator, and I guarantee you, if Pasqualoni still had Brown on his staff, the Huskies would not have lost.
Addazio's offensive play-calling skills leave something to be desired, but having Brown running the defense means the Eagles will be in every game.
That will not be the case at UMass, where second-year coach Charley Molnar's construction project is moving along slowly.
The Minutemen will be better than last year's one-win team, if only because Molnar and his staff have recruited better players to wear the maroon and white.
The Minutemen can win 3 or 4 games this year as they continue their slow climb to respectability in the Mid-American Conference.
Construction is the name of the game in Western Mass. this fall.
Work continues on the new football building and press box at UMass' McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Both will be state of the art when they're done.
The stadium will still be too small for Division I-FBS football without expansion.
We won't get to see the Pratt Field project at Amherst College until next year, because Williams gets to host the Lord Jeffs at Weston Field this year. From what I've been told, it's going to be something to see.
This year's Williams-Amherst game will be the final one on Weston Field as it is currently put together. The school is ready to begin a project that will move the stadium, put the track around a field hockey field and build a building with locker rooms and offices.
It should be ready for kickoff in 2015.
The Dick Farley/Mike Whalen coaching tree at Williams College continues to grow.
I think the biggest name is former Eph quarterback Mike Bajakian, who is the offensive coordinator at Tennessee.
Dave Clawson is back at MAC school Bowling Green, and he has hired another former Eph. Rob Neviaser, the former defensive coordinator at Stony Brook, is coaching linebackers for Bowling Green. The Falcons beat Tulsa 34-7 in their opener.
Former Eph player and UMass coach Kevin Morris is the offensive coordinator at Yale, while ex-Eph defensive back Jon Poppe is coaching DBs at Harvard.
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