Watch This Over…: Pennsylvania vs. Dartmouth(on the rogue Versus network), because the FCS is quite successful against us, but Clemson’s defense is worth the price of admission.
NC State Wolfpack @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Wake’s rushing attack vs. NC State D
Wake Forest found something that worked with the running game in the second half of their battle with BC. NC State was less than impressive defensively against a quality opponent. Something has to give here and could be the difference in the game.
Bringing The Noise: Ken Tysiac says don’t play man-to-man against NC State and the mobile Wilson. Blogger So Dear, Wake Forest’s SB Nation, wants the no-huddle vs. NC State. NC State Raycom blog is wondering where the love is for Russell Wilson. The 3-1 start for NC State is encouraging to a program that had been starting slow under Tom O’Brien.
Watch This Over…: Washington vs. Notre Dame, this could be a 3 OT/100 combined point game while Washington/Notre Dame is just futile struggle to regain past glory.
Florida State Seminoles @ Boston College Eagles / ABC-4LN2-Gameplan / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: BC QB Dave Shinskie vs. the sieve that is the FSU secondary
If he lights them up like he did to Wake at points last week, FSU is staring at 0-2 in the ACC and sub-.500 overall.
Watch This Over…: Major League(and everything else), though more people will be watching the 80s movie at this time slot than actually at the game, Miami-Oklahoma could be a real boost for ACC street cred.
Thanks for reading and come on back for the Thursday Pick’Em Post!
The college football world turns toward Boston this week with the 4LN’s College Gameday coming to town, but in Raycom affiliate areas, you have to switch to ACC Football Today to see me featured in the first 15 minutes or so then continue with your life. Anyways, the guys at BC Interruption are hosting this week so check ‘em out.
Now that most ACC teams’ non-conference schedules are winding down and we are starting league play, it’s time to take the vitals of the ACC’s play in non-conference action. Here is how the ACC fared against the rest of college football through 4 weeks (based on my back-of-the-envelope math): BCS Conferences vs. Big East 2-2 (.500) vs. Pac 10 1-1 (.500) vs. Big XII 1-2 (.333) vs. SEC 0-2 (.000) The Rest vs. I-A Indep. 1-0 (1.000) vs. MAC 1-0 (1.000) vs. Conference USA 2-1 (.666) vs. Sun Belt 1-1 (.500) vs. Mountain West 1-2 (.333) vs. FCS 9-2 (.818) Overall 19-13 (.594)
Comment on your team’s (if applicable, sorry Miami) and the conference’s non-conference performance through 4 weeks. As a conference, what head-to-head record against another conference stands out to you most?
I don’t know how the FCS losses do not stand out the most. Being 1-1 versus the Sun Belt isn’t too smooth either(thanks Maryland). The other conferences owned the ACC this season–big deal for those into conference superiority–not so much for me(but I like to see the ACC do well OOC).
(Because we like to fan the ACC vs. Big East flames …) The only BCS conferences the ACC has a .500 record against so far this year is the Big East (4 games) and the Pac-10 (2 games). Yikes. In a weekend where 2 of 3 Big East teams knocked off ACC teams, we have to ask. The ACC is still > Big East, right? Right??
Correct. We already know VT is better than Cincinnati(Big East’s top dog) I believe. Maryland and FSU(two Big East losses) are head-cases, but then again, so is most of the ACC. From USF-FSU, we see the gap isn’t quite as wide as it used to be, but I think the ACC is a little better(and not as much as they should be).
(Just saw I left this one off)On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is losing to a CAA team and 10 is getting the ACC some much needed street cred by winning the BCS MNC, how satisfied are you with your AD’s non-conference scheduling this year? With the non-conference opponents your program has lined up over the next few years, will you be more or less satisfied?
Overall, the ACC scheduled some big games(Miami/Oklahoma, Virginia Tech/Bama, Virginia Tech/Nebraska, Clemson/TCU, Wake/Baylor, Wake/Stanford), but they still get a 4.5 to me(which is an F if you are scoring at home). I hate beauty pageant scheduling where teams are afraid to schedule to bolster their record. This is why I greatly dislike the current system of deciding championships–teams have to play a string of yuck games outside of conference to make themselves look good for the polls. Give a system where you play the best teams you can out of conference to prepare you for your conference games to a playoff. That would be good football.
Last one, ESPN’s College GameDay is heading to Chestnut Hill this week for Florida State (2-2) at Boston College (3-1). Both teams are unranked. Parts of the blogosphere are going completely ape (descriptive word for excrement) over the WWL’s selection. Justify the selection (if you can). If not, tell us why you dislike the selection.
If we operate under the idea that GameDay still goes to the best game of the weekend, this is obviously a poor decision. But it doesn’t. Heck, they went to some D-III game a couple years ago. GameDay is about the story and BC has one with Herzlich battling cancer. This is the best opportunity for the 4LN to spotlight this story and BC could actually make statement on the football field too. Miami/Oklahoma would be the best ACC matchup for the 4LN to go to this week, but they don’t make decisions based on that anymore.
Thanks for reading and go to BC Interruption for all the ACC Roundtable posts this week!
As we look at the ACC at the 1/3 mark, we still know nothing. Virginia Tech is back on top(again), the Atlantic is a mess(again), and Maryland blows(again). Let’s face it, the ACC has been really bad against every other conference(including the Colonial Athletic). Unless you really do indeed dislike yourself, continue to care about conference superiority(or inferiority), but I say root for a team and not a conference.
FBS Division of the ACC
1)…(2)…Virginia Tech Hokies…………………3-1(1-0 ACC)
Had a bit of an uneasy feeling about this game for the Canes, but I was like–no, Miami’s offense is rolling–can’t possibly lose this weekend. The Hokies had everything going for them–weather, offense, defense, and of course, Beamer Ball! Virginia Tech is Freddy Krueger–they don’t die–they just come back in one form or another to haunt the ACC.
2)..(1)..Miami Hurricanes………………………2-1(1-1 ACC)
The Canes are far from out of it now and really just ran into a buzzsaw. They will be fine if they can shake the loss easy, but it will take some real mental fortitude. Miami just does not want to see rain for a while.
3)..(3)..Clemson Tigers………………2-2(1-1 ACC)
It was the defensive battle it was billed to be and once again like with the Georgia Tech game–a few things go the opposite way and the Tigers prevail. TCU is a top ten team nationally in my eyes after seeing them today and cannot fault a still developing Clemson team in many areas. C.J. Spiller stole the show with a 26 carry, 112 yard game with a TD to keep a struggling Clemson offense rolling in clutch situations, but his only fault is that he can’t throw the ball for the offense too.
4)..(5)…Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..3-1(2-1 ACC)
In a game much like Clemson’s with BC last week, Georgia Tech was not running on all cylinders, but still dominated the Tar Heels by a 24-7 score. One key factor from this one was ACC Preseason Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer getting back in the mix with an 158 yard day. GT QB Josh Nesbitt was an efficient 7 for 11 with 89 yards passing.
5)..(7)..Boston College Eagles………………….3-1(1-1 ACC)
Football is a a 60 minute game–and OT can make it longer–BC needed every bit of it to handle Atlantic Division rival Wake Forest. On the brink of a disastrous choke job, a broken play near the goalline on Wake’s part would lead to a fumble that BC would jump on to secure the 27-24 victory. There are a ton of positives coming out of this game as it appeared to me that BC found a QB in Shinskie as he made some great throws in his 228 yard/3 TD game, Haden and Harris got off the ground with good games, and the Eagles never trailed. FSU comes to town next week in what looks like a much more winnable game than it did last week.
6)..(4)..Florida State Seminoles……………2-2(0-1 ACC)
Remember, last week, we talked about making up the mind, Noles? Well, if that was it, I would say you are going into the tank then. I watched the whole game–USF played well so I give them credit, but FSU’s defense is horrible. I really do not know how else to say it. The ‘Noles defense is a major liability and the offense repeatedly made mistake after mistake in step with them Saturday. Who knows what team will show up in Boston next week, but they need to get it together or their ACC shot is finished with a loss next week.
7)..(9)..North Carolina State Wolfpack………….3-1(0-0 ACC)
NC State offense showed up to play against Pitt and would dominate the second half of their 38-31 victory. Pack QB Russell Wilson would throw for 322 yards and 4 TDs. NC State would amass over 500 total offensive yards. Division game right off the bat with reeling Wake Forest next week.
8)..(6)..North Carolina Tar Heels………………………3-1(0-1 ACC)
North Carolina has a good defense, but why they were not a top 25 team before this game or the rest of the season is the offense. They can put up good numbers in garbage games, but when it counts, the Heels do not put it on the scoreboard. Against a defense that has been simply dreadful, seven points is down-right absurd no matter the weather or being on the road.
9)..(8)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…2-2(0-1 ACC)
They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. With only needing a FG in OT inside the BC five, Wake would have a broken play and Skinner would be left confused and had the ball stripped to be recovered by BC. It is a tough loss, but Wake Forest played well and could use this as a building block to a competitive season.
10)..(11)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………2-2(0-0 ACC)
This time–they won. FCS was no match for the Devils in the 49-14 win over North Carolina Central University. Duke would struggle in the first half to pull away, but the Eagles 2 TDs would all come in the first half while Duke would tack on 3 more TDs in the second to win comfortably.
11)..(10)..Maryland Terrapins……………………1-3(0-0 ACC)
Maryland already has a poor football team, but five turnovers is just overkill. They were in it in the first half and had a 13-10 lead, but Maryland would be kept off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. They stay at home for a third straight home loss against Clemson next week.
FCS Division of ACC(Until first ACC/FBS win, UVA has been relegated to the minors by OTB)
-1)..(-1)….Virginia Cavaliers…………………..0-3(0-0 ACC)
Didn’t lose! Plus, Groh is out most likely so a win-win week for the Wahoos.