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CFB Notes from the Newsroom: Week 2

CFB Notes from the Newsroom: Week 2

1.) BIGGEST SURPRISE (POSITIVE) FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES IN THE ACC
The Atlantic Coast Conference finally had a positive opening weekend. The conference posted a 7-1 record against non-conference opponents in Week 1 including Clemsons big win over Auburn Saturday night in Atlanta. Week 2 features more big non-conference matchups so well see if the ACC can keep it going.

2.) BIGGEST LETDOWN (NEGATIVE) FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES IN THE ACC
There were plenty of games that were too close for comfort this weekend. Maryland just slipped by William & Mary 7-6 and Wake Forest beat Liberty by just a field goal 20-17. Both teams admit there is a lot to work on. Well find out Saturday afternoon what they improved on and if it was enough.

3.) BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Oh boy. The Towson Tigers opened their season under the Thursday night spotlight against Kent State and well, it was definitely memorable. Expectations were high coming in for Rob Ambroses squad but they did not look like the defending CAA Champions in their 41-21 loss. But the big story of the night was not the score. It was Wrong Way Parker." Trying to describe it would not do it justice. If you havent seen it, its a must. If you have seen it, well Im sure youll want to see it again.

4.) MARYLAND TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
Head coach Randy Edsall admitted he and the coaches didnt do as good of a job handling quarterback Perry Hills. I wouldnt be surprised to see a more stripped-down version of the offense Saturday against Temple. Also, Edsall was vague when asked about the status of kicker Nick Ferrara. Well keep an eye on Thursdays injury report.

5.) VIRGINIA TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
For the second straight week, quarterback Michael Rocco has family ties to the opposing team. Roccos father, Frank Rocco, Jr., played quarterback at Penn State and was a member of the 1982 National Championship squad. Roccos grandfather, Frank Rocco, Sr., was a longtime member of the Penn State football staff.

6.) VIRGINIA TECH TIDBIT OF THE WEEK
Wide receiver DJ Coles suffered a knee injury in Monday nights win against Georgia Tech. Luckily for the Hokies, Coles should be able to play Saturday vs Austin Peay.

7.) CAA GAME OF THE WEEK AND PREDICTION
Oooh, its a good one. Old Dominion at Hampton. Just 15 miles separate these two schools. The Monarchs have a 2-0 series lead but you can never take Hampton for granted.
PREDICTION: OLD DOMINION

8.) ACC GAME OF THE WEEK AND PREDICTION
North Carolina at Wake Forest. The Tar Heels stomped on Elon (my alma mater) last weekend 62-0 while the Demon Deacons squeaked by Liberty 20-17. This will be the 105th meeting between the two teams. Carolina is banned from postseason play due to NCAA penalties so they play the role of spoiler in every game.
PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA

9.) QUICK BREAKDOWN OF AND PICK FOR UVA GAME
Virginia hosts Penn State this weekend in a nationally televised game. The Wahoos looked good last weekend against Richmond. Quarterback Michael Rocco was in control, running back Perry Jones was Superman and the defense was stellar. Penn State suffered a loss to Ohio at home. Head coach Bill OBrien is very familiar with the ACC having coached at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke in the past. OBrien has a very tall task ahead with the Nittany Lions but he is the right man for the job. I think the Cavaliers are going to step up to the plate and improve their record to 2-0 this weekend.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA

10.) QUICK BREAKDOWN OF AND PICK FOR VATECH GAME
The Hokies have a short week to get ready for Austin Peay. Dont laugh... Hokies fans havent forgotten the loss to James Madison two years ago just 5 days after their loss to Boise State. But this weekend Frank Beamers squad is coming off a huge win and you have to hope theyve learned their lesson from the past.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

11.) QUICK BREAKDOWN AND PICK FOR UMD GAME
Maryland visits Temple this weekend with the nightmare of last seasons meeting still lingering. The Owls dominated the Terps 38-7 at Byrd Stadium. Brian Stewarts defense will have to find a way to stop (or at least slow down) Temple running back Matt Brown. Well see how quarterback Perry Hills deals with his first road game (albeit in his home state) and how Randy Edsall and Mike Locksley adjust the offense for him.
PREDICTION: TEMPLE

Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

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Jackson, Peoples lead No. 13 Hokies past ODU, 38-0

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Steven Peoples had scored three career touchdowns for No. 13 Virginia Tech heading into Saturday's game against Old Dominion.

Now he's scored six, including a right-place-at-the-right-time deflection that turned his good day into a career day.

On the play, Peoples ran a wheel route and was a few steps behind Hokies start receiver Cam Phillips. Both were well covered, but quarterback Josh Jackson let fly from near midfield as the four players approached the end zone. The ball went to Phillips, but in the scramble with the defender, it bounced away, right into Peoples' arms for a 43-yard touchdown.

"I sat back and was waiting for Cam to catch it," Peoples said, noting Phillips' reputation for catching the ball in traffic. "As soon as it bounced off him, I caught the ball and I was like, `Man, that was a big-time catch.'"

On the sideline, while teammates celebrated, Jackson got a talking-to from coach Justin Fuente.

"Not for public consumption," Fuente said what asked what he told the redshirt freshman. "Not happy. We got lucky on that one so I made sure he knew about it. He's smart. He's tough. He understands stuff and he's still young."

Said Jackson: "That was the first touchdown I've ever felt bad after throwing."

Jackson threw for two more scores -- a 17-yard screen pass to Peoples and a diving 5-yarder to C.J. Carroll -- as the Hokies (4-0) finished their non-conference schedule unbeaten for the first time since 2011. Peoples also scored on a 1-yard run.

Virginia Tech started slowly for the second consecutive game, leading just 3-0 after the first quarter, but scored on four consecutive drives after getting untracked. The Hokies have scored 95 consecutive points since falling behind 17-7 at East Carolina last week.

The Monarchs (2-2), playing an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the second week in a row, fell to 0-9 against Power Five schools.

The game was the first meeting between the schools and featured the first career start for 17-year-old Old Dominion quarterback Steven Williams Jr. He showed a nifty ability to escape the Hokies' pass rush, getting sacked just once, but completed just 8 of 26 for 85 yards. Monarchs receivers didn't help by dropping several balls, including one that Travis Fulgham could have taken 75 yards for a touchdown.

"He didn't get a lot of help out there today," coach Bobby Wilder said after his team barely made it across midfield all game. "There were four of five times where we needed to make a catch, we needed to make a play, and we didn't."

Williams took it in stride.

"It's just part of the game. We know we need to clean that up," he said. "We have to be more aggressive. If we find our run game, we're going to be fine."

Jackson was 20 for 30 for 298 yards and has now thrown for 11 touchdowns. He did throw his first interception of the season against the Monarchs, but the Hokies took the ball away three plays later, leading to their first touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

Hypocrisy of NCAA loud and clear with Maryland Football promotion

The NCAA is a dumb and monumentally stupid organization with rules that often don't make sense for the student-athletes they govern. One of those is paying, or more specifically not paying, athletes.

In an incredible twist of irony, Maryland will give one lucky regular student (that isn't an athlete) $10,000 for something an athlete (not a regular student) could potentially perform on the football field.

This is a highly specific play that will have to happen in order for one lucky student (again, not an athlete) to win the money, but the hypocrisy is incredible and this entire situation is so backward.

A student-athlete could score a touchdown (while not being paid) for the university and while scoring said touchdown will be helping make money for the university (money they will never see a dime from). The university will then turn around and give money to a student who did nothing to earn it, except decide to stay around in the second half for a game that is expected to be lightly attended, thanks to the achievement of a student-athlete who is incapable of receiving said money. 

That makes sense. Totally.

This comes on the heels of a report earlier this week that Division 1 coaches were "spooked" and against new rules that would allow students who met a minimum GPA to transfer and have immediate eligibility.

This is all totally fine.

Anyway, I can't believe someone didn't see the irony here and think "eh, we just had one of the biggest upsets of the weekend and should have a better way to capitalize on our momentum with something cool to entice people to stick around against Towson?"

I guess not.

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