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Triangle schools should be on upset watch in Week 2

Posted September 6, 2013
Updated September 7, 2013

After a relatively positive opening weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the second week of the regular season is littered with potential potholes – especially for Duke, North Carolina and NC State, who all face weaker opponents.

According to former ECU coach Steve Logan, preparing a team to face an opponent it should beat is one of the harder aspects of leading a college program. It's hard to convince players to take teams seriously, even when they know the risk and the potential to lose, Logan said. 

"When William & Mary went to UNC and won, we had to play them that same year," Logan said of his time at ECU. "I showed my team that film every day of the week leading up to our game. You have to show them what happens when you walk into a stadium thinking the game will be over in the first quarter."

In the first week of the season, Boston College was the only ACC team to struggle against a lesser opponent. The Eagles needed a 17-point second half to come back and secure a 24-14 win against FCS foe Villanova.

Nationally, several major conference schools fell to their FCS opponents in week one – Connecticut to Towson, South Florida to McNeese St., Kansas State to North Dakota State and Iowa State to Northern Iowa, just to name a few. 

According to Logan, ACC teams looking for easy wins in Week 2 should strap their chinstraps a bit tighter. Duke, North Carolina and NC State face Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Richmond, respectively, and other ACC schools (Virginia Tech, Clemson and Maryland) are all heavily favored in their matchups with smaller schools. 

"Some of these games are going to be dogfights, because they always are," he said. "Teams better be ready at kickoff."

North Carolina vs Middle Tennessee State – Saturday, 12:30 p.m., ACC Network

More than a week after falling to South Carolina in the Aug. 29 season opener, the North Carolina Tar Heels will be in Kenan Stadium Saturday afternoon for a matchup with Middle Tennessee State. The Raiders beat Western Carolina 45-24 a week ago, and in 2012 they made headlines by beating Georgia Tech by 21 points in Atlanta. Logan Logan: Strap up, because it's going to be a fight

The Tar Heels shouldn't be down after their loss to the Gamecocks, Logan said, but the offense will need to become more explosive for the team to have sustained success the rest of the season. 

"Between the first game and second game, it's when a coach finds out the most he will find out all year," he said. "UNC found out they are not going to get explosive touchdown runs like they had a year ago from Gio Bernard. Bryn Renner is going to have to provide those explosive plays for the UNC offense – him and their group of receivers."

Duke vs Memphis - Saturday, 4:30 p.m., ESPN3

Fresh off an easy win over crosstown rival North Carolina Central, Duke hits the road Saturday for an important game against Memphis. The Blue Devils are favored in Las Vegas, and that fact alone is something Logan said would have him worried. 

"If I were standing in front of the Duke football team, I'd probably say something like, 'If you think we have arrived, we're dead. We're completely dead,'" he said. "Duke has to get better at everything they do. Memphis is waiting, and they aren't afraid. They want an ACC scalp."

Memphis didn't play in the first week of the season, and the Tigers were 4-8 a season ago, giving up better than 30 points per game. Led by Sean Renfree, Conner Vernon and Jamison Crowder, the Blue Devils downed Memphis 38-14 on Sept. 22, 2012. Logan said Duke would be wise to rely on Crowder again. 

"I don't know what Crowder has done in practice, but on game day, he's making plays," Logan said. "He's a playmaker, and you have to get the ball in his hands as much as you can."

NC State vs Richmond – Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN3

In Raleigh, the Wolfpack will take on the Richmond Spiders without quarterback Brandon Mitchell, the Week 1 starter who broke a bone in his foot against Louisiana Tech. Pete Thomas will get the nod, and he will be backed up by two freshmen, Joshua Taylor and Bryant Shireffs. 

"With Brandon Mitchell out of the equation now, that section of the offense that he was really good at is off the table," Logan said. "Pete Thomas comes in, and you have a whole new part of the playbook to employ. It will look different."

Thomas led the NC State offense to 26 points after Mitchell's exit Saturday, but four of the six scoring drives ended with field goals instead of touchdowns. Logan said he wouldn't be surprised to see head coach Dave Doeren and his staff rely on the ground attack early in Saturday's game.

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  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Sep 8, 7:36 a.m.

    ^^^^^

    I always enjoy listening to Logan, and I'm glad he's back on 99.9 on Saturday mornings as well as Fridays on the Adam and Joe Show. I agree he plays it up for radio, and I like his sense of humor. After coaching at the college and pro levels, I think Logan likes his lot in life now and doesn't want to get back to all the stress of coaching.

  • 82ndAAHeel Sep 7, 11:30 a.m.

    Interesting, so many on down on Logan. I think many of you forget that like all radio or television, the purpose is ENTERTAINMENT. Of course he plays up for the audience. I have coached high school ball for 12 years in this state and Logan did more North Carolina High School football than any of the other head coaches within this state. The only reason he is still not HC at ECU is because he wasn't diplomatic enough with the rich alumni and the AD at the time was an imbecile. Why hasn't John Gruden gone back into coaching, or Madden leave the NFL after such a short time? He has learned there is more to life than coaching and has a found a way to enjoy his life but keep a pulse on the sport. I wish he was on the air everyday.

  • sophiesdad Sep 7, 10:15 a.m.

    Logan is a joke.

  • Alex25 Sep 7, 10:01 a.m.

    No cheating today at Keenan ...... please.

  • WPIDHizzyForShizzy Sep 7, 9:56 a.m.

    ^^^"smoke AND mirrors"... just an fyi.

    Logan has a good mind for offensive schematics... but, it ENDS right there. his ability to get a team to RISE UP and deliver at INhuman levels, has passed him by. no big thing... at least he once had it. he's a good "color guy" on the radio and I rather enjoyed listening to him (before he took the BC job)... I haven't heard him since he's been back on the air, but I'm sure it's the same dry wit, with a slant towards OFFENSE... it's rather, what he knows.

    :)

  • JACKSONSAWYER IS SUPREME Sep 7, 9:48 a.m.

    this guy is a blow hard he used smoking mirrors at ECU after Bill Lewis had laid a good foundation! when you listen to him it is easy to understand how he blows an interview!

  • JACKSONSAWYER IS SUPREME Sep 7, 9:45 a.m.

    I for one am never upset when Duke loses, at anything.

    Just the opposite in fact.

    — Posted by dean24kiwi14

    I'm quite the opposite. I don't mind dook winning in football if it is not against UNC.

    On... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    consumed and obseessed great combo for unc fan

  • WPIDHizzyForShizzy Sep 7, 9:41 a.m.

    Duke by 2
    unc by 3 TDs
    State by 2 TDs

    no upsets for Triangle schools.

  • WPIDHizzyForShizzy Sep 7, 9:40 a.m.

    I for one am never upset when Duke loses, at anything.

    Just the opposite in fact.

    — Posted by dean24kiwi14

    I'm quite the opposite. I don't mind dook winning in football if it is not against UNC.

    On... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    LOL

    State fans (read- ME) make this pansy cry.

    and

    it readily ADMITS it!! Classic!!!

    #TheTruthShallSetYouFreePansyFan

    :)

  • NCSUclassof90 Sep 7, 9:02 a.m.

    Cutcliffe is the best coach Duke could hope for. Classy guy. Outstanding resume'.

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