BREAKING NEWS: Wednesday morning news broke that Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football. However, the Fighting Irish football team will face ACC teams five teams a year as part of the new deal.
BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
When Im wrong, I say Im wrong. I was wrong about Maryland and Wake Forest...and thats a good thing. The Terps simplified their offense for freshman quarterback Perry Hills and it clearly made a difference in their 36-27 win over Temple. Wake Forests win over North Carolina is a big step for the Demon Deacon program. Wake quarterback Tanner Price threw for a career-high 327 yards and wide receiver Michael Companaro set career-highs in receptions (13) and receiving yards (164).
BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
I was rather disappointed in Miamis loss to Kansas State. The Hurricanes are 6-0 under Al Golden following a loss so they should be back on track for...Bethune Cookman.
The Terps have been dealing with injuries in this young season but get a couple of guys back this weekend including safety Matt Robinson. Head coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday he is looking forward to having Robinson back not just because of his talent in the secondary but also his enthusiasm and hunger.
This week Maryland hosts Randy Edsalls former team, Connecticut. Edsall admitted earlier this week that he wished he could have talked to his UConn players in person before he departed for College Park. Members of the Huskies squad were informed via text message that Edsall was leaving for Maryland two years ago. You can bet there will be plenty of motivation on the UConn sideline to win this game.
Head coach Mike London raised some eyebrows last Saturday when he sent quarterback Phillip Sims in for a couple of series. But London said Monday that Michael Rocco is his quarterback and there is no controversy.
The Cavaliers hit the road for the first time this season visiting Georgia Tech. The Wahoos beat the Yellow Jackets last year and will obviously look to do the same this year. Tech head coach Paul Johnsons triple-option offense can befuddle some teams but its all about discipline on defense. This Coastal Division matchup is big for both teams.
PREDICTION: GEORGIA TECH
Hokies freshman running back Michael Holmes admitted Tuesday that when the Tech coaches came to visit him during recruiting he had to ask which one was Coach Beamer. Apparently he was more of a cartoon guy than a football guy back in the day.
This weekend the Hokies hit the road to face future ACC opponent Pittsburgh. The Panthers join the conference next year along with Syracuse so this might be a preview of whats to come. The Hokies have gotten off to a slow start the first two games but seem to shine during the two-minute offense. Dont be surprised if you see more of that this weekend.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH
ACC GAME OF THE WEEK
Virginia at Georgia Tech
Juco transfer named Hokies' starting quarterback for opener
Juco transfer named Hokies' starting quarterback for opener
In his first game with the Virginia Tech Hokies, Jerod Evans will be leading the team as the starting quarterback, head coach Justin Fuente announced on Thursday. The quarterback competition started as a two-man race between Evans and fifth-year senior Brenden Motley before a late surge by true freshman Josh Jackson turned it into a three-way battle. In the end, however, the decision was no surprise.
Evans, a junior transfer, began his college career at Air Force in 2013. He transferred to Trinity Valley Community College where he developed into a dynamic talent. In 2015, Evans threw for 395.5 yards per game and 38 touchdowns in just eight games before a wrist injury ended his season.
Rated as the No. 1 dual-threat JUCO quarterback in the country, Evans was recruited by Fuente while he was still at Memphis and chose to follow the head coach to Blacksburg.
New coaches are rarely afforded the opportunity of starting their own recruit in their first season at a new school. Given that and the high potential of Evans as a playmaker, it was ultimately no surprise to hear Fuente peg him as the starter.
The announcement came with one caveat, however. Evans was named the starter specifically for the opener against Liberty, but not beyond that. Granted, Evans would have to play pretty poorly to force Fuente into switching starters the week before the Battle at Bristol against Tennessee, but an opener against an FCS team should allow for Fuente to play multiple quarterbacks. If Motley outplays Evans, perhaps it could reignite the quarterback battle.
Even so, Thursday's announcement shows the starting job is now Evans to lose.
When Virginia opens the season on Sept. 3 against Richmond, they will have a new quarterback starting under center. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall named junior transfer Kurt Benkert the starting quarterback on Wednesday morning over seniors Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, according to multiple reports.
Benkert was expected to start for ECU just last season, but a knee injury in preseason forced him to miss the entire year. He is considered the most mobile of the three, which given Mendenhall's history with dual-threat quarterbacks, likely was a major factor in the head coach's decision.
As a junior, Benkert was the only candidate with two years of eligibility remaining, a prospect hat reportedly "intrigued" Mendenhall. If Benkert is able to hold on to the position and start next season as well, it would represent a measure of stability Virginia has not known for quite some time.
Overall, UVA has had same Wk 1 starter in back-to-back years just once since 2005… Benkert is 10th diff Wk 1 starter during that stretch.
What likely helped Benkert was the fact that his head coach at ECU, Ruffin McNeill, is now an assistant as UVa. By coming into a school with an offensive system Benkert was familiar with, it eliminated the learning curve most transfers go through with their new teams.
Benkert will replace Johns who was the team's starter last season and co-starter the season before. The fact that the competition was a three-man race at this point in the summer despite Johns' experience was a clear indication that his ability to win back the starting job was in clear jeopardy.
In addition, Mendenhall also announced Johns and Brewer were still competing for the backup role.
The famous Hokie Stone was the inspiration for the look. The Hokies Stone is a type of rock found in Western Virginia almost exclusively in a nearby quarry owned by the school. It has become an iconic symbol of the school as several building on campus were built from the stone. Players will tap a Hokie Stone that hangs over the tunnel as they enter Lane Stadium during the football season.
The uniform's primary color scheme of black and grey pays homage to the team's history as those were the official colors of Virginia Tech before the school adopted the classic burnt orange and Chicago maroon we recognize today. The color grey was also chosen because it is a prominent color of the Corps of Cadets, according to a statement on the school's athletics website.
And boy do they look sharp. What do you think? Be sure to let us know!
The Battle at Bristol against Tennessee will take place on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.