College Football week three preview

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College Football week three preview

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.
PREDICTION: CONNECTICUT
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

College Football Playoff projections: From contender to pretender in just four weeks

College Football Playoff projections: From contender to pretender in just four weeks

There were high hopes for LSU at the start of the season. With the collection of talent the Tigers boast on their roster, there was no reason to think they could not challenge Alabama for SEC supremacy.

Even my preseason College Football Playoff projections at the start of the season had LSU as one of the four teams to make the playoff.

SEE THE NEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION HERE

The Tigers' championship hopes took a hit with an opening loss to Wisconsin. Now just four games into their season, Les Miles been fired and their playoff aspirations appear to be completely dashed after a devastating loss Auburn.

With Alabama looking as dominant as ever and what was believed to be their main rival already looking down and out, who else can challenge the Tide for supremacy of the SEC? Who else joins the Alabama in the projected top four?

Find out here in this week's College Football Playoff projection.

Jerod Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Virginia Tech past East Carolina

Jerod Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Virginia Tech past East Carolina

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Jerod Evans said that he needed to clean up some things during Virginia Tech's upcoming off week.

The Hokies' fan base may be wondering what exactly that is. His play so far has been sparkling.

Evans, the Hokies' starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.

The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

Evans completed 13 of 20 passes for a career-best 282 yards and rushed for a career-best 97 more. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three of the Hokies' first four games and is completing 67 percent of his passes.

"I missed a couple of things here and there," Evans said. "I have a lot of things that I can get better at for sure."

Evans entered the game with an ACC-best 10 touchdown passes this season. Of more importance to Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, he has thrown just one interception.

"I think he's pretty good," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of Evans. "He's been judicious with the ball and he's going to the right place most of the time. He's been pretty efficient."

Following a punt return for a touchdown by Greg Stroman and a touchdown run by Marshawn Williams that gave the Hokies a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Evans threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Isaiah Ford, 13 yards to Travon McMillian and 55 yards to Cam Phillips. That final score gave the Hokies a 38-0 halftime lead.

ECU quarterback Philip Nelson had 362 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Jimmy Williams. The Pirates had 443 yards of offense, but committed three special teams mistakes, fumbled once and were sacked six times.

"We studied the film well and they had a lot of keys when they were sliding the protection," said Ken Ekanem, who had two of the Hokies' six sacks. "We had a lot of indicators and we knew when someone was going to be left one-on-one. We look forward to one-on-one matchups and pride ourselves on winning those. We did a good job of that today."

THE TAKEAWAY

EAST CAROLINA: Coming off a 20-15 loss at South Carolina and playing its third consecutive game against a Power 5 opponent, the Pirates looked a step slow and out of sorts from the opening kick. They went three-and-out on five first-half possessions. The Pirates hope to regroup now that they have finished the non-conference portion of their schedule.

"That was clearly the best football team that we have played," ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. "The most physical. The biggest. The fastest. The strongest. The smartest. I thought they competed well in their scheme. They played great emotional football. They leaned on their crowd. They played a complete football game -- as complete as it gets."

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies dominated on special teams, scoring three touchdowns as a result of those units. Greg Stroman scored on an 87-yard punt return, and Cam Phillips blocked a punt that led to an Evans touchdown pass to Travon McMillian. A sack of ECU punter Worth Gregory in the fourth quarter led to a 1-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Brenden Motley.

UP NEXT

EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates open AAC play next Saturday with a home game against UCF. ECU blasted the Golden Knights 44-7 last season for their first win in Orlando since 2008.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies are off next week before taking on North Carolina on Oct. 8 and will be looking to avenge last year's 30-27 overtime loss. The Hokies have won nine of the 12 meetings with the Tar Heels since joining the ACC.