College football: Notes from the newsroom

College football: Notes from the newsroom
November 17, 2011, 1:43 am
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By Michele

Biggest surprise from last week in the ACC

The battle of the Techs did not disappoint. The Hokies came out on top 37-26 thanks to a total team effort. The patchwork defense Bud Foster has put together this season due to multiple injuries was solid. Running back David Wilson rushed for a career-high 175 yards and brought his name into the Heisman conversation. Quarterback Logan Thomas was really impressive. Five touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing) and numerous 3rd and 4th down conversions.

Biggest letdown from last week in the ACC

NC States loss to Boston College. The Wolfpack must win its final two games of the season to become bowl eligible. They do have a 5-5 record but two of their victories came against teams from the FBS. NCAA rules state only one of those victories can count towards the six needed to become bowl eligible.

Latest from College Park

Quarterback Danny OBrien broke his arm in last weekends loss to Notre Dame. Head coach Randy Edsall said OBrien will be in a cast for 12 weeks and then start to rehab and get ready for the spring. For all of you wondering about the future of DOB at Maryland, Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post asked Edsall about that topic. Edsall said ...first of all, I dont know if he can graduate in the spring, based on the records that I have. Well, I ran into OBrien in the team house about an hour later and asked him if he is graduating in the spring. His reply? Yes. Wait and see, Terps fans.
Maryland @ Wake Forest

Quarterback CJ Brown is the man for the remainder of the season and the Terps cannot afford any more injuries at the quarterback position. The Demon Deacons need one more win to become bowl eligible and I dont think theyll have any problem getting it.

Latest from Charlottesville

The Cavaliers have won three straight ACC games on the road for the first time in three years. Also, Perry Jones (aka Mr. Everything) added one more position to his resume last weekend... punt returner.

Virginia @ 25 Florida State

The Cavaliers must win to keep pace in the Coastal Division race. They are one full game back of the Hokies. If the Wahoos beat the Seminoles it sets up a monster Commonwealth Clash in Charlottesville on November 26th for all the marbles. This is my upset pick of the week.

Latest from Blacksburg

Running back David Wilson is on the verge of setting multiple ACC records this season.
1) Consecutive 100-yard games within one season (8, Tiki Barber, Virginia)
2) Consecutive 100-yard games at any time (9, Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech)
3) Total 100-yard games in a season (10, Don McCauley, North Carolina)

North Carolina @ 8 Virginia Tech (Thursday)

As I mentioned earlier, the Hokies are coming off a huge win at Georgia Tech last Thursday. Frank Beamer and his staff need to make sure the team shows up and plays with the same passion and intensity they did in Atlanta. They hold the controls in the Coastal Division race and would love to make another trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game and a rematch with 7 Clemson.

Biggest CAA news from last week

The Towson Tigers locked up their place in postseason play with a win over New Hampshire last weekend. They also put themselves in a great position to win the CAA title and get a higher seed in the playoffs.

CAA game of the week

Towson at Rhode Island. Heres the deal. A Towson win and a Maine loss will give Towson the outright title and the leagues automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. A Towson win and a Maine win will give both teams a share of the title but Towson will earn the automatic bid because of their head-to-head win over Maine. If both teams lose then it will create a four-team share of the league title including Maine, New Hampshire, Old Dominion and Towson. The Tigers will earn the automatic bid because of their combined 3-0 record over the other three teams.