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.
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.