GOOD FRONT-PAGE STORY BY MARK BERMAN TODAY on Virginia Tech radio duo Bill Roth and Mike Burnop, who both lost loved ones to cancer earlier this year. “It’s been a sad year, but we’re helping each other through it,” Roth says. “Football’s been a good distraction for both of us.”
-Left guard David Wang is out for the Bowling Green game with an ankle injury. Cornerback Kyle Fuller (shoulder) is listed as probable.
-No. 24 Boise State beats BYU 7-6 on a pick-six by a nose tackle known as “Canadian Bacon.”
-Your TV game tonight is Baylor at Louisana-Monroe (8 p.m., ESPN). The Bears are a 7-point favorite.
-TV games of interest tomorrow include Virginia at TCU (noon, ESPN), Bowling Green at VT (noon, ESPNU), Maryland at West Virginia (noon, FX), Miami at Georgia Tech (3 p.m., CSN), Missouri at South Carolina (3:30 p.m., WDBJ), Oregon State at UCLA (3:30 p.m., ESPN2), VMI at Navy (3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network), LSU at Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN), Kansas State at Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., WFXR), Michigan at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m., WSLS), Vanderbilt at Georgia (7:45 p.m., ESPN2), Clemson at Florida State (8 p.m., WSET) and Arizona at Oregon (10:30 p.m., ESPN).
-That’s a mighty fine day to have a couch and a clicker. Curious as to which game(s) you’re looking forward to most.
-If you don’t have ESPNU and want to watch the Hokies, it’ll be streamed online here. I’ll have a live blog going as usual, as will Andy.
-Robert has his weekly football prediction column — and a very nice tribute to the late Steve Sabol — here. This is always one of my favorite pieces in the paper, every week.
-Rockbridge County quarterback Porter Abell leads his team into Amherst County, where his father, Scott, coached two state championship teams.
-Jason Niblett named boys basketball coach at Carlisle.
-Milwaukee rallies to beat Pittsburgh for its fifth straight win and is now 2.5 back of the Cardinals in the wildcard.
-Chris Carpenter makes his season debut for the Cardinals today against the Cubs.
-Yankees beat Toronto to move one game up on the idle Orioles in the AL East. Orioles play at Boston tonight (7 p.m., MASN), while the Yankees host Oakland (7 p.m., MLB Network).
-Texas beats the Angels, who fall 4.5 games back of Oakland and Baltimore for the AL wildcard.
-Giants pound the Panthers 36-7. David Wilson has one carry for minus-2 yards. I didn’t watch this game, but those who did: Was there any discussion about Wilson being in the doghouse? Everything I read heading into this game suggested Wilson would get more carries with Bradshaw out.
NAME THAT TUNE
Lips as sweet as candy
Their taste stays on my mind
Girl, you keep me thirsty
For another cup of wine
I got it bad for you girl
But I don’t need a cure
I’ll just stay addicted, if I can endure
All the good love, when we’re all alone
Keep it up girl, yeah you turn me on