Welcome to your weekly ACC Football Midweek Links hopefully getting you through the week to the weekend…
08/31/12 NC State vs. Tennessee (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.) / 7:30 p.m. ET / ESPNU
Must-See Matchup: Mike Glennon’s arm vs. experienced Vols secondary
Talk has centered on the other side of the ball with Da’Rick Rogers’ suspension/leaving the program matching up against David Amerson and co., but Tennessee ranked 12th in pass defense last season and return all four starters. Glennon had a strong first year as a starter and could be poised for an even better 2012.
Bringing the Noise: Sophomore WR Bryan Underwood could be back Saturday after a early camp injury. State WR Tobais Palmer says the Wolfpack could “be a hard team to stop” this season. Tennessee lost its top target, but are still a threat in the passing game says Mike Archer and they’re missing one of their own in C.J. Wilson. State Fans breaks it down unit by unit and other matchups Friday. Backing the Pack looks at the QB matchup and takes a look at the FEI rankings for the schools here.
09/01/12 Miami at Boston College / 3:30 p.m. ET / ABC (Regional)-ESPN2
Must-See Matchup: Miami running game vs. BC D
Miami has been the favorite, the underdog and back to being the favorite in this matchup in the span of a month, but the jury is still out on junior quarterback Stephen Morris coming back from offseason back surgery. The Hurricanes have a talented backfield with senior Mike James, junior Eduardo Clements and highly-rated frosh Duke Johnson with a shuffled o-line in front of them – if BC can’t shut them down, Miami has the advantage.
Bringing the Noise: BC and Miami SB Nation sites exchanged preview Q&A here and here. Miami determined its travel squad for BC and tackle Seantrel Henderson didn’t make the list. Miami center Shane McDermott gets his time to shine. Eagle Action breaks down the depth chart surprises for BC.
Clemson vs. Auburn (Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.) / 7 p.m. ET / ESPN
Must-See Matchup: Clemson WR corps sans Sammy Watkins vs. Auburn’s secondary
With an experienced and big d-line, Auburn will look to control the line of scrimmage against a Clemson o-line featuring three underclassmen and one converted defensive tackle starter. Somebody has to get open for Tajh Boyd to relieve some pressure off him and open up the running game.
Bringing the Noise: OrangeandWhite.com has the keys to the game here and here and trouble spots for Clemson. The ACC Tigers had a few surprises on the first depth chart. Dabo Swinney described new DC Brent Venables as a “caged animal” headed into the opener. Swinney is optimistic projected starting RT Gifford Timothy can return from a early fall camp knee injury. Facing a new Auburn offense, the Clemson has spent a lot of time reviewing tape of Temple. Shakin the Southland Q&A previews it with the Auburn SB Nation site.
FIU at Duke / 7 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Must-See Matchup: Renfree’s arm vs. FIU’s secondary
Renfree had one of his best games against the Golden Panthers’ secondary last season, hitting 28-of-43 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. FIU returns four upperclassmen starters in the secondary.
09/03/12 Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech / 8 p.m. ET / ESPN
Must-See Matchup: Hokies’ rushing attack vs. GT D
You would think it’s the other way around, but Virginia Tech inflicted a season-worst 267 rushing yards on the Jackets last season in the 37-26 win, while the Hokies’ D held GT to its second-worst rushing game of the season (243 yards). If Virginia Tech’s green RB corps can step up here, it may not matter what Paul Johnson has up his sleeve offensively.
Bringing the Noise: The Key Play Q&A previews it with From the Rumble Seat – TKP returns the favor here. TKP’s Pick Six is mixed on the ACC’s big games this weekend. It was confirmed this week what had been the sentiment going in – VT linebacker Tariq Edwards is out for the Labor Day matchup.
ACC v. FCS
- 09/01/12 Elon at UNC / 12:30 p.m. ET / ACC Network
Bringing the Noise: Tar Heel Blog has some depth chart and press conference notes.
- Richmond at Virginia / 3 p.m. ET / RSN
Bringing the Noise: A healthy Steve Greer ready to lead the Virginia D. In case you’ve been under a rock, Michael Rocco won the UVa. QB job over Phillip Sims and David Watford.
- William & Mary at Maryland / 3 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Bringing the Noise: The Terrapins will likely have a couple true freshman RBs on the field Saturday. Testudo Times says Randy Edsall has 2012 to rebuild and will be back in 2013. They also have notes on Maryland’s depth chart. The Terps have some injury issues, other than the season-long ones, to deal with Saturday. D1scourse talks freshman impact in game one.
- Murray State at Florida State / 6 p.m. ET / ESPN3
- Liberty at Wake Forest / 6:30 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Bringing the Noise: Redshirt freshman Sherman Ragland III looking to fill the void at receiver for the Deacs. Blogger So Dear has notes on Liberty’s depth chart.