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Bob Holliday

ACC week two is all about The U

Posted September 4, 2013
Updated September 5, 2013

The perception of ACC football went up a notch when Clemson knocked off Georgia. Better showings by the Virginia Tech offense and the North Carolina defense in games against big-time SEC opponents would have made it a better week for the ACC, but at least the league avoided bad losses. In week two, it’s all about the U.

Miami has a golden opportunity to put itself and the ACC on college football’s front page if the Hurricanes can knock off No. 10 Florida. The Gators boast a great defense, but against Toledo had only three plays that gained more than 20 yards and none over 30. Miami’s Duke Johnson can top those numbers all by himself. Quarterback Stephen Morris gives the Hurricanes another big play threat, and remember, the Canes return almost their entire defense from last year. Miami hosts this game and although Sun Life Stadium is not ranked among the nation’s most feared places to play, not having to go to Gainesville is big for Miami.

Elsewhere: VT and UNC look to rebound in games against directional schools. Tech has the easier task, taking on perennial Southern Conference doormat Western Carolina. The Hokies gave their offense a makeover in the off-season but that wasn’t evident against Alabama. They didn’t run from the spread any better than they ran from the I. Presumably quarterback Logan Thomas’ receivers can get open THIS WEEK against the Catamounts. When Thomas was throwing to wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale in 2011 he completed nearly 60%. Now, ughhhhhh.

Completing passes isn’t the problem for Carolina. It’s stopping passes and runs. The Tar Heels should show marked improvement in these areas against Middle Tennessee, although fans should note the Blue Raiders have beaten Georgia Tech and Maryland (twice) in the last five seasons. Renner's 3 TDs lead Blue to win in UNC spring game Blue Raiders coach says controlling tempo against UNC will be key

Clemson welcomes South Carolina State. Wes Durham, the ACC’s newest TV play-by-play announcer, should have fun when Clemson’s on offense in this game.

Duke goes to Memphis for what should be an easy win. The Tigers barely gained 150 yards last year against a Blue Devil defense that was beaten up along the defensive front, and Duke’s D is healthy now.

NC State hosts Richmond on Military Appreciation Night at Carter-Finley Stadium. That’s appropriate, since State hopes to march up and down the field against Richmond. Still, the Spiders are ranked 16th in the latest FCS poll and Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren needs to find some way to get running and passing from his quarterbacks while the injured starter Brandon Mitchell mends.

Maryland takes on Old Dominion. The Monarchs demonstrated against East Carolina they can score points. But Maryland, playing this season with a real quarterback in CJ Brown, should be more than equal to the task.

Virginia picked up a nice win over BYU but now must do battle with Oregon. I don’t think the Cavs defensive coordinator John Tenuta can call blitzes as quickly as the Ducks can fire off big plays.

Syracuse visits No. 22 Northwestern. The Orange looked pretty solid in a close loss against Penn State but lack a little in team speed and big play potential. If the Wildcats are on their game they should win, however Syracuse will not beat itself.

FSU, Pitt, and Georgia Tech are off this week.

Oops, almost forgot, still getting used to those Friday night games! Wake Forest tries to climb Chestnut Hill in what could be one of the weekend’s most intriguing contests. Deacons head coach Jim Grobe has fared well against Boston College, going 5 and 5. To win this week, the Deacons need to run the ball and slow down the fine BC passing combination of quarterback Chase Rettig and wide receiver Alex Amidon. If wide receiver Michael Campanaro can go full speed Friday night, that helps Wake. Wake fell behind against Presbyterian for goodness sakes, can’t do that against BC.

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  • olivechapel1000 Sep 5, 1:02 p.m.

    Like all the VT is eating crums comments. VT's real purpose is the NCAA vacumn cleaner team.

  • buco Sep 5, 11:25 a.m.

    Alabama lost 3 O lineman to the NFL, the center was the best center in college football.

  • Carameltoe Sep 5, 10:29 a.m.

    VT limited the NUMBER 1 ranked team to just over 200 yards total offense the entire game and... View More

    — Posted by IBleedRedandWhite

    the article made mention of VaTech's offense and UNC's defense not showing up.

  • Gunnstigator Sep 5, 10:20 a.m.

    The ACC continues to be a weak league because of absorbing the Big East schools that had nowhere... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    Terrific analysis, cjw. Adding BC never made any sense to me, as the ACC was a southern-centric conference. I don't think any fans agreed with adding ND, and allowing them to call the shots by not joining in FB. You're totally right about the rivalries being destroyed and the Tourneys moving away from Tobacco Road and probably up to New York. I prefer BBQ to bagels, and Greensboro and Charlotte to NY/NJ.

    Maybe it's my light blue glasses, but I don't blame The Swoff. I think he had good intentions and did what he thought was best for the ACC.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 5, 10:06 a.m.

    "The ACC continues to be a weak league because of absorbing the Big East schools that had nowhere else to go because nobody wanted them."

    Football was garbage in this conference long before that. How many years did it take for one of them to beat Florida State when they entered the conference back in 1992? lololol!!

  • cjw6105 Sep 5, 9:52 a.m.

    The ACC continues to be a weak league because of absorbing the Big East schools that had nowhere else to go because nobody wanted them.

    Had ACC administrators had any foresight, they would have added Virginia Tech, West Virginia and finally Louisville, stopping at 12 teams. I don't think Maryland would have left the league had that happened. If they had, then we should have remained at 10 teams and at least all football members could play each other each season, instead of what we're headed for- playing conference rivals once every decade.

    I don't understand why league officials stated over and over that the expansion was driven by football, then proceeded to ignore the Big East's best football program- West Virginia- while instead choosing Boston College. How's that "Boston Market" doing these days? They also talked about high academic standards and integrity and then took Miami.

    Now we have a football conference that wasn't a major player in the first place and have watered it down with run-of-the-mill Big East teams, plus we've allowed Notre Dame to have its cake and eat it too. We're left with 15 football members and delusions that Notre Dame will somehow decide to join us in football. We now have basically a 2-team league with lopsided and illogical divisions that are destroying long-time rivalries. We now have a basketball conference that is also losing its long-time rivalries which will be replaced by ESPN rivalries. Our ACCT is surely headed away from Tobacco Road, as are the Duke-State and UNC-WF home and home games each season.

    Thanks again, John, for saving the ACC.

  • scousler Sep 5, 9:49 a.m.

    Top recruits that want the spotlight that could catapult them to the pros naturally want to play for the best football schools in the best football conferences.

    The ACC is not that.

    Many reasons why ACC football is not as good as the rest of the major conferences, perception, media bias, relaxed standards for football players at other schools, etc.

    Does the ACC ESPN tv contract (which pays less than other tv contracts for other leagues) prevent the ACC from launching its own tv network? A tv network is like a money making machine, I'm sure with minor effort it could be done if allowed under the ESPN contract.

    Not quite sure the league can enforce an exit fee for long on schools which can make significantly more money in a different league. Notre Dame will continue to have no incentive to join the ACC as long as they can command a large payday from NBC.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 5, 8:45 a.m.

    "The perception of ACC football went up a notch when Clemson knocked off Georgia."

    I lol'd when I read this and stopped reading after that. Hahahaha!!

  • Deacons Sep 5, 7:51 a.m.

    This week's schedule has only 3 national games of any interest, and Miami is in one of them vs... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    Georgia Tech may be a team that has a slight national significance. But you are right on all other counts. Have you noticed that FSU and Miami have not been the same powers they were since joining the ACC? They may have been the first year or two simply by still having the recruits they had when they came into the league. This is not due to the league being strong and knocking each other off. I believe it is due to top players deciding not to play in a weak league.

  • olivechapel1000 Sep 5, 3:57 a.m.

    So much for journalism, wow total article on why bobby h. works at WRAL

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