Posted by Brandon Rink on September 22, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article
All eyes on FSU QB E.J. Manuel's non-throwing shoulder this week as the Seminoles try to stave off a two-game losing streak. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)
With the Thursday night game this week, we’re mashing up the Midweek links and Pick’Em…ACCBlogger.com picks week four in the ACC…
Last week (Overall)
Brandon Rink – 8-2 (25-5)
Griffin Wong – 7-3 (23-7)
J.J. Greenstein – 7-3 (24-6)
09/22/10 NC State Wolfpack @ Cincinnati Bearcats / ESPN / 8:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: NC State returns the favor of a Bearcats/Wolfpack Thursday night game, but trying to complete the home-and-home series sweep.
Must-See Matchup: NC State QB Mike Glennon vs. second road test
Glennon was solid against Wake Forest in a 34-27 loss (24-41, 315 yards, 3 TDs-1 INT), but gets his first taste of a Thursday night road game at Cincinnati.
Quotable Coach (Tom O’Brien): On defensive injuries including LB Terrell Manning this week – “It’s been a tough season to play defense. We lost a corner to start the year, we lost our captain and best defensive lineman, we lost the next-best defensive lineman, we lost the back-up middle linebacker, lost a corner, lost a linebacker.”
Watch 4: Home Thursday effect plus Cincinnati offense to take advantage of injuries
The Bearcats aren’t a great team, as they lost their only BCS game so far, 45-23 at Tennessee, but then again, so has NC State on the road, 34-27 at Wake. Just don’t think we’ve seen enough from the Wolfpack to have confidence in pulling this one off, and winning on the road on a Thursday is tough.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Cincinnati 28-21; Griffin Wong – Cincinnati 38-21; J.J. Greenstein – NC State 35-31.
09/24/10 North Carolina Tar Heels @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets / ESPN / 12:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: The nation’s top offense at Georgia Tech hosts a 3-0 UNC team with the ACC’s top-rated passer Bryn Renner.
Must-See Matchup: GT top-ranked offense vs. UNC 36th-ranked defense
While you’ve been reading this, the Yellow Jackets ran another 100 yards on Kansas, and UNC hasn’t faced an offense near as efficient as Georgia Tech so far.
Quotable Coach (Everett Withers): Defending Georgia Tech – “To me, with this offense you have got to take things away from the inside out. You’ve got to take the dive away; they’ve always had that guy in that B-back position that’s always been their number one guy. And then you’ve got to take away the quarterback and then on the perimeter you’ve got to leverage the ball and take the pitch.”
Quotable Coach (Paul Johnson): Defending UNC pass attack – “Hopefully you don’t let him (Bryn Renner) have the little dink and dunk short passes that they throw. You’re going to complete a high percentage if you’re not throwing more than three or four yards downfield, so you’ve got to try to take some of that away. I think he’s a very talented guy; hopefully you can put some pressure on him.”
Watch 4: Georgia Tech offense to roll on enough to 1-0 ACC start
Against better UNC defenses, Georgia Tech has rolled up 448 total yards in a 30-24 road win, and dominated 24-7 in Atlanta two years ago. The Heels should be able to move the ball, but just not enough for a road ACC win.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Georgia Tech 30-21; Griffin Wong – Georgia Tech 27-17; J.J. Greenstein – Georgia Tech 35-24.
The Lead: Maryland is in the middle of a three-game out of conference stretch – losing last week 37-31 to West Virginia, and facing Temple and Towson the next two weeks.
Must-See Matchup: Danny O’Brien’s confidence vs. decent Temple passing D
Temple took Penn State to the wire last week, falling 14-10, while Danny O’Brien fired three interceptions against West Virginia. Tend to think O’Brien will recover just fine, but the Owls could take advantage if he isn’t sharp.
Quotable Coach (Randy Edsall): On Danny O’Brien – “Danny is a victim of his own circumstance some times, he has so much confidence in his own ability that he might try to throw a ball into a very small window when he shouldn’t. As I told him sometimes an incomplete pass is the best thing that can happen instead of forcing something.”
Watch 4: Temple to hang tough, Maryland to pull away late
With Al Golden as coach, Temple beat Randy Edsall’s UConn team by two touchdowns at home – and have one of the top running backsin the country with Bernard Pierce. I expect this to be similar to what FIU did in College Park last season, where they eventually fell 42-28.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Maryland 31-17; Griffin Wong – Maryland 24-20; J.J. Greenstein – Maryland 34-17.
Massachusetts Minutemen @ Boston College Eagles / ESPN3 / 1:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: Before a stretch of five ACC games in six weeks, BC goes for win No. 1 against Massachusetts.
Must-See Matchup: BC rushing offense vs. Minuteman rush D
Soon-to-be FBS Masschusetts is allowing 65.50 yards per game – the Eagles aren’t doing much better on the ground at 80.67 (106th nationally).
Quotable Coach (Frank Spaziani): Team mood at 0-3 – “They are obviously disappointed. These things are long-term, cumulative attitudes. If they can see the areas they’re improving in and see the areas they need improvement…it’s a long season and we have to work hard.”
Outside of last week, BC has a reputation for beating the teams they should and even winning games they aren’t expected to do. The Eagles get back on the right track here (or whatever you call beating an FCS team).
The Picks: Brandon Rink – BC 31-21; Griffin Wong – BC 24-10; J.J. Greenstein – BC 21-17.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles @ Virginia Cavaliers / RSN / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: Virginia goes for win No. 3 on the young season hosting C-USA foe Southern Miss.
Must-See Matchup: Southern Miss rushing attack vs. Virginia run defense
The Golden Eagles racked up 335 rushing yards against Southeastern Louisiana – last week, Virginia gave up 222 to UNC.
Quotable Coach (Mike London): On So Miss – “They’re a BCS team, too. The young man-Lampley, No. 1-is a dynamic return guy. Punts, kickoffs-he has career touchdowns in both categories there. This is a team that’s very, very fast, again, very athletic. Most of the teams they play in Conference-USA, I believe, are spread offense teams-hurry up, quick tempo-so their offensive and their defensive looks are geared towards stopping those type of looks.”
Watch 4: Virginia offense to move the ball effectively
Vegas doesn’t seem to be too confident in Virginia, but I don’t see the upset here as the ‘Hoos looked solid at UNC last week.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Virginia 34-20; Griffin Wong – 28-17; J.J. Greenstein – Virginia 30-21.
Kansas State Wildcats @ Miami Hurricanes / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: Kansas State and the top total defense in the country (sample size small with opponents of Eastern Kentucky and Kent State) come to town against a Miami team riding high after dominating Ohio State.
Must-See Matchup: Miami RB Lamar Miller vs. Kansas State’s 8th-ranked rush defense
The definition of an inflated stat – the Wildcats gave up 10 rushing yards to FCS team Eastern Kentucky and a more average 118 to Kent State two weeks later.
Quotable Coach (Al Golden): On Kansas State – “But certainly Kansas State, with their reputation as an excellent football team, with how they played in September, being the number one total defense in scoring defense in the country, and obviously when they turn on the tape, here’s this quarterback running all over the place, I think that’s going to get their attention, it better get their attention.”
Watch 4: Miami to run effectively, defense to hold Wildcats offense
This has the potential to be a letdown game – a big test for Al Golden’s influence on this Miami team. They should be able to run nearly at will and shut down a middling Kansas State offense, but we shall see.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Miami 24-10; Griffin Wong – Miami 27-17; J.J. Greenstein – Miami 28-17.
Florida State Seminoles @ Clemson Tigers / ESPN / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: A battered ACC preseason favorite Florida State Seminoles comes into Clemson’s Death Valley, possibly down starting QB E.J. Manuel and several receivers in a crucial divisional game.
Must-See Matchup: Clemson offensive line vs. FSU defensive line
The Seminoles d-line was disruptive against No. 1 Oklahoma last week, and Clemson has had its share of issues over the years with opening holes and protection – they’ll get a huge test from one of the nation’s best.
Quotable Coach (Jimbo Fisher): On facing a tough environment at Clemson – “You mentally prepare them and you talk to them. But you can’t — you don’t want to scare them, because I mean in the end, those fans, they can’t jump on the field and jump all over you. So it’s still a football game and they are still just yelling.
Quotable Coach (Dabo Swinney): On FSU – “They’re just a typical Florida State team in every regard. Special teams could be the difference in the game in a situation like this. That’s what happened last year. They whipped us in special teams. We’re going to have to have a great week on special teams.”
Watch 4: FSU’s ability to run the ball as key of the game
E.J. Manuel’s running ability really opened things up for the FSU offense in their 16-13 win over Clemson last season in Tallahassee. Without Manuel (possibly), a lot of pressure falls on a Seminoles RB unit that’s underperformed so far. All in all, I hesitantly pick Clemson because these are the games they traditionally lose – reversing my preseason pick of FSU here…just too many injuries and uncertainty on the ‘Noles side.
You pick'em game of the week: FSU @ Clemson
Tigers (58%, 7 Votes)
Seminoles (42%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 12
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Clemson 20-17; Griffin Wong – Clemson 23-14; J.J. Greenstein – FSU 28-24.
Virginia Tech Hokies @ Marshall Thundering Herd / CBS Sports Network / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: Virginia Tech continues its tour through mediocre to bad out-of-conference teams with a trip to Marshall (1-2) and their 105th-ranked offense/91st-ranked defense.
Must-See Matchup: Hokies vs. looking ahead to ACC opener with Clemson
Virginia Tech is game away from the friendly confines of ACC play, where they went 9-0 last season.
Quotable Coach (Frank Beamer): Talking Marshall – “Well on Saturday they turned the ball over and got out of it early, but that’s not the team that you saw against West Virginia, they hung right in there. We know that’s the team we’re going to see Saturday.”
Marshall gave WVU a game for awhile, and beat Southern Miss – but the last time these teams met, the Hokies won 52-10 (at Lane).
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Virginia Tech 45-17; Griffin Wong – Virginia Tech 31-3; J.J. Greenstein – Virginia Tech 42-7.
Tulane Green Wave @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPN3 / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: The Blue Devils try to keep the momentum rolling from the ACC win over BC against Tulane.
Must-See Matchup: Duke QB Sean Renfree vs. Green Wave pass defense
Renfree passed 53 times against BC for 368 yards, two touchdowns and an INT – UAB was held to 145 passing yards on 28 attempts last week at home versus the Green Wave.
Quotable Coach (David Cutcliffe): On Tulane – “They are good on offense. They are good on defense. They are playing special teams extremely well. Their defense scored twice last week. Their offense dominated the ball and kept the football.”
Posted by Brandon Rink on September 14, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article
Dabo Swinney didn't have a fun time in the 35-27 struggle with Wofford, but Auburn comes to town and revenge is on the ACC Tigers' mind (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).
Welcome to your weekly ACC Midweek Links that hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…
09/17/10 West Virginia Mountaineers @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPNU / 12:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Terps QB Danny O’Brien vs. WVU QB Geno Smith
Both lead their conferences in average total offense – O’Brien after a brilliant performance in the Labor Day win over Miami, and Smith in home victories over Marshall and Norfolk State.
Quotable Coach (Randy Edsall): On rivalry – “I can remember when I was in here being announced as the head coach I had people telling me that I had to beat West Virginia. I understand the importance with them being a neighboring state, the rivalry that builds. We had a continuous rivalry for about fifty years that we played them. It’s something that is very important. Even though they aren’t in the ACC it is a bordering state that has developed a great rivalry.”
Must-See Matchup: Gus Malzahn and Auburn O vs. Kevin Steele and Clemson D
After two weeks, Auburn ranks 76th in total offense, and through two games, Clemson ranks 90th in total defense. These are two really good coaches, who are trying to fix some issues right now – whoever figures it out this week wins.
Quotable Coach (Dabo Swinney): On defensive issues and Auburn – “We have to tackle better. Their QB (Barrett Trotter) is a good player. He’s a winner, but he’s not Cam Newton – he’s Barrett Trotter. Their coaches feel like he’s the best guy to give them a chance to gain a win, and we have to get after him early.”
Must-See Matchup: Georgia Tech revenge vs. Kansas confidence
The Yellow Jackets’ terrible loss at Kansas last year gave us an early sign as to where their season was going – this year, both teams are 2-0 and Georgia Tech has a chip on the shoulder to make an example of the Jayhawks.
Quotable Coach (Paul Johnson): On Kansas – “They’ve got a bevy of running backs with some new guys there. Their quarterback I think is remarkably better than he was a year ago as you would imagine after playing. And they’re a little bit more physical. They’ve given up some junk yardage on defense at the end of the first game like we did with some of the reserves and skewed their stats a little bit.”
Watch This Over…: Penn State at Temple (ESPN), seriously, ESPN?
Duke Blue Devils @ Boston College Eagles / ACC Network / 12:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: 0-2 team with struggling offense & defense vs. the same
Good news, Blue Devil and Eagle fan! Somebody has to win this game – we have overtime and everything! But seriously, these teams are licking their wounds coming in and desperate for that first W.
Quotable Coach (Frank Spaziani): On rushing game – “We feel we’re not satisfied with our running game. I don’t think we were consistent the first game and (against UCF), I don’t think we had enough at-bats, if you will. It’s a combination of things, but there’s no question about it. We have to run the ball to win.”
Quotable Coach (David Cutcliffe): On his QB Sean Renfree – “He’s doing so many things well, that we want to get him to a point where the entire game end-to-end, that he plays as good as he can play. He needs to be playing really well for us to be as good a team as we can be. Sean is the kind of young man that wants to make every play. If he’s in there 70 snaps, he wants to have 70 great snaps. It’s impossible to do in that position.”
Watch This Over…: Along Came Polly (ABC Family), hey, it’s a conference game.
Virginia Cavaliers @ North Carolina Tar Heels / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: UNC passing offense vs. UVa passing defense
Led by Bryn Renner, the Heels’ passing attack is averaging 275 yards per game through the air (good for 27th nationally), while Virginia is allowing 146 yards per game (good for 21st nationally).
Quotable Coach (Mike London): On UNC – “Bryn Renner is a player. I know his father, Bill Renner well since he’s a coach up there in northern Virginia. They have height at the wide receiver positions. Coach Shoop has been running their offense for a while. They’re very productive and throw the ball. They have a pretty good running game. Just like the defense is athletic and talented, their skill positions are athletic and talented as well.
Quotable Coach (Everett Withers): On UNC stats/Virginia rivalry – “We lead the ACC in rushing defense and are third in the country. And we lead the league in sacks and we’re seventh in the country in sacks. And we lead the league in sacks allowed, which we have zero. This week is obviously the first ACC game that we will play this season and we consider it our opener. It’s the oldest rivalry in the South and the fifth-oldest rivalry in the country. This is a game that is big for us and we need to get off to a good start in the ACC.
Watch This Over…: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Comedy), this is an intriguing early season game in the Coastal as teams might be licking their chops after last week’s Virginia Tech performance.
Arkansas State Red Wolves @ Virginia Tech Hokies / RSN / 4:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Arkansas St. passing offense vs. Hokies secondary
Week one: Arkansas State passed for 271 yards in a 33-15 loss at Illinois. Week two: The Red Wolves proceeded to drop 375 yards and four passing TDs in a 47-3 win over Memphis.
Quotable Coach (Frank Beamer): On Arkansas State – “The quarterback is hitting 74 percent of his passes and averaging 282 yards a game. Their defense is athletic and can really run. They’re not as big as some defenses we’ll see but these boys can really, really run. They’re just a good football team coming in here. They hammered Memphis; I’m telling you this is a good football team.”
Watch This Over…: Straight Outta L.A. (ESPN Classic), at this point – we’re wondering if Virginia Tech survives the out of conference slate before they get back to dominating in ACC play.
South Alabama Jaguars @ NC State Wolfpack / ESPN3 / 6:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Wolfpack vs. looking ahead
This shouldn’t be close, but as Clemson showed last week (and Duke always shows against Richmond), can’t quite overlook these games.
Quotable Coach (Tom O’Brien): Struggles coming off good season – “When you have your breakthrough year, the next year is always the toughest. People take you a little more serious. The team gets that attitude that ‘Hey, we’re pretty good and we can just go play.’ That’s why we started harping from the 8th of January on that you have to do everything better than you did last year. It’s a thing that you have to always be alert for. I go back through my days through the Navy and at Virginia and Boston College and the same thing always happens after you have a breakthrough year. The next year is always the toughest.”
Watch This Over…: Scary Movie 4 (Comedy), I can’t imagine this game being remotely interesting unless NC State makes it that way (kinda like over-sequel-ing a horror comedy).
Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons / ESPN3 / 6:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Wake Forest vs. letting down
Gardner-Webb gave Georgia Tech a scare in 2008 to a 10-7 loss, but I’d guess this one won’t go in that direction.
Quotable Coach (Jim Grobe): On the let-down factor – “Our coaches are beating our guys over the head with the idea that every school – whether you’re at the FCS level, FBS level or BCS level – has good players, and you’ve got to go out and the play the game hard and well if you want to come off with a win.”
Watch This Over…: Boise Open (Golf), ha, the Boise Open.
Ohio State Buckeyes @ Miami Hurricanes / ESPN / 7:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Who else? Jacory Harris vs. Ohio State
This is Harris’ shot to win over a fanbase and America with a nationally-televised game against a prestigious program like Ohio State.
Quotable Coach (Al Golden): On Harris – “I know you guys, where you sit, (say) show me coach. Well, I really believe Jacory is going to show us all Saturday night. He has one a great job. I just want him to go out and relax and play his game. Don’t make it bigger than it is. Do what he has been doing now since we’ve been here. So I’m excited for Jacory and I know in my heart that he deserves this opportunity Saturday night.”
Watch This Over…: Louisville at Kentucky (ESPNU), this is a given since I’m pretty sure ‘Cats/Cards could leave you blind if you watch for too long.
Oklahoma Sooners @ Florida State Seminoles / ABC / 8:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Oklahoma offense (No. 1 in nation) vs. FSU defense (No. 3 in nation)
Powered by QB Landry Jones, the Sooners racked up 663 total yards against Tulsa in week one, in a 47-14 win. Against two cupcakes, FSU’s allowed 137.50 yards per game and 10 points total.
Quotable Coach (Jimbo Fisher): What OU’s offense does – “Execute. They have good feel for what they do. They run it at a high tempo and they execute really well. They keep a good balance of running past – all around.”
Posted by Brandon Rink on September 7, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article
Duke fans may want to shield their eyes this weekend. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)
Welcome to your weekly ACC Midweek Links that hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…
09/10/10 Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ North Carolina Tar Heels / ACC Network / 12:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup:UNC RBs vs. Rutgers’ rush defense
Sure, it was NC Central, but the Scarlet Knights allowed all of eight rushing yards last week. Bryn Renner should have another good day here so a strong Heels’ rushing attack will help UNC run away with this one.
Quotable Coach (Everett Withers): On the loss of FB Devon Ramsay – “Offensively I feel like we use a number of different personnel groups and formations that allows us to look like we have two backs in the backfield. So I think we’ll be fine. We feel like Curtis *Byrd+ will be good for us in that role. But we feel like we can get done what we need to get done offensively and still be able to do the things we do with the personnel groups we use.”
Watch This Over…:Central Michigan at Kentucky (ESPNU), see Kentucky/Western Kentucky (wear protective covering for eyes).
Virginia Tech Hokies @ East Carolina Pirates / FSN / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Hokies’ offense vs. the scoreboard
It’s road game one for Logan Thomas and co., but the Hokies put up 66 points and ECU gave up 56 last week.
Quotable Coach (Frank Beamer): On Logan Thomas in road environment: “Yea, that will be an emotional place down there. But I think our guys and Logan included like to play in places where they are excited about you being there. So I think that says something about your program and I think Logan will handle it as well as he can. He’s a smart guy and he knows what’s going on and he’s working hard to get a little bit better everyday. I think he understands, like the rest of us, that it’s going to be loud and that he needs go forward each snap.”
Watch This Over…:LPGA Tour Golf (Golf), it’s the NW Arkansas Chamionship – I think you can skip it.
NC State Wolfpack @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons/ RSN / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Wake’s Tanner Price vs. Pack secondary
When he was healthy (something very much in question for this one), Price lit up the Syracuse secondary. NC State didn’t exactly shut down the passing attack of Liberty last week, finishing 93rd in the nation in pass defense after week one.
Quotable Coach (Tom O’Brien): On the early ACC game – “I’d like to be like the Big 10 and play your four non-conference games and then go into conference, but this is the way the schedule breaks so this is how we have to do it, and for the fifth time go on the road for an opener.”
Quotable Coach (Jim Grobe): On Tanner Price’s health – “He has practiced, and I think he’s going to be fine by Saturday. I think we’re very fortunate that he wasn’t hurt worse than he was. I think it may have scared him a little bit more than it hurt him. I think he was really concerned because he’s had an ACL (tear) before, but he seems to be doing fine right now, and hopefully by Saturday he’ll be full speed and ready to roll.”
Watch This Over…:Nevada at Oregon (FX), NC State/Wake has the potential to be a pretty good game – Oregon should roll.
Stanford Cardinal @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Blue Devils vs. keeping loss under 49 points
Alabama came into Wallace Wade and won 62-13 last season, and after last week, Stanford doing such a thing is not out of the question.
Quotable Coach (David Cutcliffe): On Andrew luck – “People ask me why is he good? I’ll tell you why he’s so good. He’s some sort of physical specimen. You’re going to be surprised with how big he is. He’s a big strong athlete. He’s got great feet and great quick hands. He has a very uncanny sense of poise and ability to buy a little time. He just stands out of the pack. He’s a great football player to watch. He is surrounded by a good supporting cast; good tight ends, good receivers, outstanding running backs and an outstanding offense.”
Watch This Over…:Fred: The Movie (Nick), Duke fans may just want to skip to next week with the trip to Boston College.
Wofford Terriers @ Clemson Tigers / ESPN3/ 3:30 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Tiger freshmen vs. week two against FCS team
The 12 Clemson true freshmen that saw the field (and excelled) against Troy got their first taste of the media spotlight this week. Will be interesting to see how these guys play after the publicity.
Quotable Coach (Dabo Swinney): On Wofford – “They have Georgia Tech, Auburn, a little of everything. They’re a very diverse offense. They must do a great job of teaching to be able to teach all the things they do. They have some Georgia Tech principles, but they have a lot more things they’ll do from a personnel standpoint.”
Watch This Over…:The Jacksons: An American Dream (VH1), just a few things have happened since 1992 when the doc was made.
Charleston Southern Buccaneers @ Florida State Seminoles/ ESPN3 / 6:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: FSU offense vs. getting in gear
Charleston Southern is not a very good team, but this is a big tune-up going into the primetime matchup hosting Oklahoma next week.
Quotable Coach (Jimbo Fisher): On nerves for E.J. Manuel – “I think it’s great. If you don’t have butterflies, why are you playing? I told them I had butterflies for 22 years for every game I’m in. Once I lose them, I’ll quit. But if he’s nervous every week and he throws 65 percent every week, we’ll be pretty good.”
Watch This Over…:Too Cute! Kittens (Animal Planet), at least it’s not Hillbilly Handfishin’.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders / ESPN3 / 7:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Georgia Tech vs. road ambush
Maryland lost at Middle Tennessee not long ago, and the Blue Raiders led into the final minute at Purdue last week, before a 35-yard TD pass with 49 seconds to go by the Boilermakers.
Quotable Coach (Paul Johnson): On fumble-troubles – “You just keep working on it. It’s frustrating to everybody. It’s frustrating to me that you have quarterback-center exchange problems. We work on it everyday in practice and we continue to work on it and make it a big deal and hope those go away. A lot of its fundamental issues. Well not a lot of it, all of it is fundamental issues. Of course there’s always a story. The ball’s always slipping or something happened but it’s unacceptable. Can’t allow it.”
Watch This Over…:Race to Witch Mountain (Cartoon), it’s not a cartoon!
Virginia Cavaliers @ Indiana Hoosiers / Big Ten Network / 7:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: Virginia rushing offense vs. Indiana D
Indiana allowed Ball State to run all over them in a 27-20 neutral loss at Lucas Oil Stadium – the ‘Hoos ran wild on William & Mary.
Quotable Coach (Mike London): On Indiana – “I don’t know if they’re on the Legends or Leaders side. But they’re big and they’re physical…Their offense is a little bit of a pistol offense with the back directly behind the quarterback. It’s a high-tempo offense where they don’t allow you to substitute, so they’ll get to the line of scrimmage quickly, check at the line, and call their plays. There’s a little bit of option aspects to what they do—some two-back schemes there. There’s some quarterback read plays.”
Watch This Over…:New Mexico at Arkansas (ESPNU), because no one should watch Lobos football…ever.
Boston College Eagles @ UCF Golden Knights / CBS Sports Network / 8:00 p.m. ET
Must-See Matchup: UCF rushing offense vs. BC’s rush defense
Last season, the Eagles led the nation in rush defense – against Northwestern, 99th nationally (227 yards). UCF racked up 316 ground yards against Charleston Southern last week.
Quotable Coach (Frank Spaziani): On the o-line – “We had concerns about that. We’ve had concerns all preseason. I think I’ve been pretty consistent about that. We try to help ourselves in certain areas and maybe we could do a better job. We might need to do a couple of different things.”
to help ourselves, because we weren’t able to help ourselves as much as we needed to.