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

Justin Jackson, North Carolina too much for Virginia

Justin Jackson, North Carolina too much for Virginia

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Justin Jackson scored 20 points to help No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 14 Virginia 65-41 on Saturday night, keeping the Tar Heels alone in first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Kennedy Meeks had all of his 13 points and seven rebounds after halftime for the Tar Heels (23-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 47 percent and led by double figures nearly all night against the ice-cold Cavaliers.

UNC led 34-22 at halftime, never let Virginia closer than nine then ran off 10 straight points to take a 25-point lead and send the Cavaliers to their first three-game skid in a single season in six years.

Marial Shayok scored 13 points to lead Virginia (18-8, 8-6), who went 10 minutes without a basket at one point during the second half and missed its first 17 3-pointers for the game as the Tar Heels turned it into a rout.

Virginia shot 28 percent for the game and finished at 2 for 20 from 3-point range to go with a season-low point output, with every missed shot becoming magnified as the Tar Heels stayed in attack mode.

It was also was the second-lowest point total by an opponent in UNC's Smith Center, just a basket better than Clemson's 39 points here in 1995.

UNC finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage, with much of that edge coming after halftime behind Meeks.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers offered up a worst-case scenario Saturday night. If Virginia's defense can't rattle an opponent, the Cavaliers' limited offensive punch gives them little margin for error.

UNC: This was one of several tough games for UNC coming down the regular-season stretch. Winning this rematch of last year's ACC Tournament championship game by a lopsided margin has to be a boost to an already confident team.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers return home Monday night to host Miami.

UNC: The Tar Heels have another big home game, hosting No. 8 Louisville on Wednesday night.

George Mason rallies late but falls to Rhode Island, 77-74

George Mason rallies late but falls to Rhode Island, 77-74

BY TYLER BYRUM

FAIRFAX, VA – Coming down the final seconds of the game, Rhode Island was able to hold off a resilient George Mason squad after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half to win, 77-74.

Stanford Robinson scored a team-high 21 points off the bench in a homecoming affair for the Paul VI Catholic High School graduate. From behind the arc, Robinson was a perfect 3-for-3 and brought down two huge offensive rebounds late in the contest.

In the final minute though, it was Robinson who gave the Patriots hope as he missed two free throws with less than two seconds left in the game.

Grabbing his fifth rebound of the contest to go along with 22 points, Jalen Jenkins threw up a full-court heave that was just a foot wide of the basket. 

From the onset, Rhode Island (17-9, 9-5) had the size advantage but was going against the NCAA’s best rebounding guard, Marquise Moore. Bringing down 31 rebounds, 14 being offensive, the Rams scored 13 pivotal second chance points. Moore, though, would manage to record his 17th double-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds). 

This was Moore's fourth straight double-double, which is helping his case as one of the favorites for the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. 

E.C. Matthews was another one of the Rams to rack up the points in EagleBank Arena. With 18 points on 15 shots, Matthews kept the Rams alive after the team allowed the Patriots to go on a 21-3 run.

The Rams consistently shot over the Patriots with five players recording a three-point basket. In the first half, the team shot 54 percent from behind the arc and had rolled to a 39-26 lead at the break.

George Mason (18-9, 8-6) was able to climb back after an insurmountable 18-point deficit minutes into the second half. Highlighting the scoring run, Otis Livingston II (nine points and seven rebounds) was able to hit a fadaway to bring Mason within four and the crowd to their feet.

Throughout the contest, the Patriots drew 23 fouls and made 31 of their 36 free throw attempts. This kept numerous Rams in foul trouble and forced Dan Hurley to go deep into his bench and use 11 players.

“That was one that we needed desperately,” Hurley said “We’ve done a lot of soul searching; we’ve also dealt with a lot this year.”

The victory gives Rhode Island a much-needed win after falling to Fordham 53-43 earlier in the week. Moving up to third place in the Atlantic 10, the Rams now use the momentum from this game in order to climb back in the NCAA tournament bubble.

Falling in this game, George Mason now is on the outside looking in for one of the conference’s coveted double-byes in the conference tournament.