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Between The Goal Posts: QB guessing game: Who's No. 1?

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  September 1, 2009 07:55 AM

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Apparently the issue of not having a clear cut starting QB is no big deal. As Boston College coach Frank Spaziani ponders his decision about the starter against Northeastern (more about that later today), we checked out various reports from around the country and saw that coaches at Michigan, Rutgers, Utah all said that they would make a game time announcement (not decision) about the starting QB.

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, who is under siege this week dealing with reports of practicing too much, said he would play three QBs in the Wolverines opener against Western Michigan on Saturday.

Most of that, of course, is posturing by coaches, who want every edge they can get. Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano, who has a tough opener on Monday against Big East defending champion Cincinnati, says he knows, but he's just not saying. "I have a starter,'' said Schiano, who will pick between a trio consisting of Jabu Lovelace, Dom Natale and Tom Savage. "I'm just not making it public yet.'' Odds are that Natale, a 5th year senior, will be the starter against the Bearcats.

Which brings us back to BC. Spaziani also knows who will be the starter against Northeastern, but he's not sure if he will change his mind in the next 24 hours. He did say that the first team QB at the end of practice today will be the starter because he has to prepare someone and someone has to start.

Choosing between Justin Tuggle (the early line favorite) Micheal Marscovetra and David Shinskie is tough because NONE of them having any college football experience. And BC is an a league which will have 9 of the 12 teams returning starting QBs.

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Odds and ends: How solid has USC been over the past several years? Trojans enter the season with a streak of 7 finishes in Top 4 in final rankings. Nice to see that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who shut off media access to his team for 10 days, is thinking about the welfare of the media, telling them that the blackout allowed them to be home for dinner at a reasonable hour..Parity in Big East? Five different teams have been picked to win the conference by various national media outlets. Bet you didn't know: Rice won 10 games last season. Buffalo at UTEP in an opener. Where did that come from. Baylor vs. Wake Forest matches up two of the best second tier (in terms of publicity) QBs in the country in Wake's Riley Skinner and Baylor's Robert Griffin. FSU has always followed a "we'll play anybody, anytime, anywhere philosophy under Bobby Bowden. Case in point: Seminoles play 11 teams who went to bowl games last season. Sign of the times: Conference USA has a Face Book page and a Twitter account....Take a peek (we said only a peek) at Minnesota at Syracuse to see how Greg Paulus does in his Orange debut. Minnesota has 18 starters back, more than any team in the Big 10....Tough week at Alabama. Swine Flu hit campus and Monday night one of their top defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick suffered a gunshot wound in the forearm in a robbery attempt...How did the Big 12 become the QB producing conference in college football?..Did you know--Boston College wide receiver Rich Gunnell is the leading returning receiver in the ACC in receptions (121) yards (1,579) and TDs (11).

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