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The HFAW Index - Week 1





















The Quest For Toronto begins anew tomorrow. Book your room at the Toronto Days Inn now. It's also time to resurrect an
old favorite from last season, the How Fucked Are We Index, wherein we look at our opponents, see where they're at and then determine, you guessed it, how fucked we are...

Team: Northwestern
Record: 0-0
Last Week: N/A
This Week: Us (0-0)

How Fucked Are We?: Possibly fucked. The Wildcats are coming off of a curious 6-6 season that was filled some thrilling victories (Michigan State) and embarrassing defeats (Duke). Northwestern is expected to get better, especially on offense with the growth of QB CJ Bacher and self-appointed captain HB Tyrell Sutton. Expectations are for a winning season, with some Wildcat fans even dreaming of 9-0 start against a fairly easy schedule. We're considered part of that fairly easy schedule.

Team: Akron
Record: 0-0
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
@ Wisconsin (0-0)
How Fucked Are We?: Possibly not that fucked. The Zips finished 4-8 last season. They beat Buffalo by a larger margin than Syracuse did and they played Miami (OH) closer than SU did. The Zips are expected to pick up their running game in 2008 thanks to a resurgent Dennis Kennedy, however overall expectations are muted. Plus, this won't be a fun week for them.

Team: Penn State
Record: (0-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Coastal Carolina (1-AA)
How Fucked Are We?: Oh, we're fucked. The Lions are coming off a 9-4 season that culminated in an Alamo Bowl win. They beat the teams they were supposed to and lost to the teams they were supposed to...except Michigan State. It's all about defense as usual for the Nittany and that's not good news for the Orange. The Lions may get softened up a little by Oregon State the week before but we're counting on the emotional Ernie Davis Effect to get us through.

Team: Northeastern
Record: (0-1)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
L to Ball State 48-14
How Fucked Are We?: Not likely fucked. Ball State tore through the Husky defense for 280 yards last night. The Huskies were down 28-0 in the 1st half and it never got any prettier. By all accounts, Andrew Robinson may through for 600 yards in this game. All bets are off.

Team: #25 Pittsburgh
Record: (0-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Bowling Green (0-0)
How Fucked Are We?: Who the fuck knows? Pittsburgh is officially Team Frisky this season, anointed as such by most pundits. I could see them going 9-3, I could see them going 3-9. I really have no idea. They get a bigger test than people think in Buffalo next week. The Bulls just hornswaggled UTEP and Syracuse fans should thank their stars the Bulls aren't on the schedule this season. But Pitt is, and that means LaSean McCoy. Then again, it also means Dave Wannstadt.

Team: @ #8 West Virginia
Record: 0-0
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Villanova (1-AA)
How Fucked Are We?: Are you fucking kidding? We're fucked. Fuckity fuck fucked. Fuck.

Team: @ #19 South Florida
Record: 0-0
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Tennessee-Martin (1-AA)
How Fucked Are We?: See above.

Team: Louisville
Record: (0-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Kentucky (0-0)
How Fucked Are We?: Maybe not so fucked. Did you play Louisville last year? I forget. Oh wait, now I remember. Then again, so does Louisville. They've got a whole vengeance tour planned this season and it begins with Kentucky this week. We have the luxury of playing them at home but I expect the Cardinals to be inconsistent even if decent. This could be winnable. Then again...

Team: @ Rutgers
Record: (0-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
Fresno State (0-0)
How Fucked Are We?: Probably fucked. Rutgers starting their season against a 1-A opponent? I'm shocked. We'll know everything we need to know about the Knights after this one against a good Fresno team. Regardless, I believe that Rutgers wants to run up 50+ points on us every time they play us. Why not, we used to do it to them all the time. Plus there's Greg Robinson's weird comments last season. I don't think they like us very much.

Team: UConn
Record: (1-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
W Hofstra 35-3
How Fucked Are We?: Likely fucked. Congrats, UConn, you looked great against Hofstra. But it bears repeating...against Hofstra. But please, keep racking up the W's. By all means. Raise your head coach's prominence level all you like. We'll appreciate it next year when he's running our program.

Team: @ Notre Dame
Record: (0-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
San Diego State (0-0)
How Fucked Are We?: Fucked, but not as hard as usual. I was asked the other day what I expect Notre Dame to do this season. I said 7-5, which would be a great improvement from 3-9. However I added that what makes Notre Dame fans so awesome is that they've already talked themselves into 9-3 so by the time they finish 7-5 they'll be disappointed again. Awesome.

Team: Cincinnati
Record: (1-0)
Last Week: N/A
This Week:
W Eastern Kentucky 40-7
How Fucked Are We?: Likely fucked. I think this Grutza kid is probably gonna be alright and so that takes care of their big outstanding issue. Expect the Bearcats to be decent, if not solid. And that's bad news for us cause they'll be fighting for bowl positioning by the time this game comes around.