The Coastal Division ended up 1-5 for the week with VT's win over lowly Northeastern being the only victory and the Atlantic Division was a perfect 6-0. And the vaunted FSU-Miami game which garnered ESPN Full Circle coverage turned out to be a defensive battle won by the Noles.
FSU 13 Miami(FL) 10
Since the defenses were both so good we did not really get any answers as to how the respective offenses will perform this season. If anyone wants to know the difference between the Florida schools/VT and the rest of the ACC and it is quite clearly the speed, especially on the defensive end. There are simply too many fast defenders for second tier ACC offensive lines to handle. FSU was in lockdown mode in the second half and actually got some reliable field goal kicking to win this all important opener. Of course we will have see how Drew Weatherford and the rest of the offense performs down the road before knowing if FSU is a national title contender or not. Miami looked awful on offense in the second half and the series following the FSU field which put the Noles ahead for good was some of the worst execution I have seen(and since I am a UNC fan that is saying a lot). The series went like this: Penalty, fumble by RB Javarris James for a loss, run for five yards by James, and a fumble by QB Kyle Wright for a five yard loss, 37 yard punt to the 50 followed by a personal foul penalty on Miami to give FSU the ball on the Hurricane 35. Ugly stuff there. And if it is all the same I would much rather not see a rematch of this two teams in Jacksonville unless they both promise to bring some offense.
Notre Dame 14 Georgia Tech 10
I had high hopes for this one. I had hopes that GT would defuse the Irish myth to start the season instead of subjecting us to three more months of Notre Dame hype, egregious praise for Charlie Weis' genius, and perpetual awarding of the Hesiman Trophy to Brady Quinn. Nevertheless it was not to be. GT played well for a half and stuffed the vaunted ND defense for most of the first 30 minutes. ND comes out and plays serious defense in the second half to augment the rally from down 10-0 to win 14-10. Concerning the Irish, Quinn needs to show more stat-wise to win the Heisman. Charlie Weis was nearly outcoached by Chan Gailey and his assistants who were actually mentioned by name more times during the broadcast than Gailey was and almost half as many times as the 178 mentions Charlie Weis got from the ESPN on ABC broacast team of Brent Musberger, Bob Davie, and Kirk Herbstreit. As for the Yellow Jackets they showed some serious game tonight and they may have a legitimate shot at Jacksonville come December. The defense will need to play like they did tonight. The running back, an Oklahoma transfer, Tashard Chance, is a good runner, who along side the mobile Reggie Ball will provide nice balance to Calvin Johnson. Speaking of which, Calvin Johnson is the man. Period. He has all the tools and if the second and third Yellow Jacket receivers prove to be enough of a threat, opposing secondaries will have a good deal of trouble keeping them all in check.
Clemson 54 Florida Atlantic 6
Everything you expected and more including Tommy Bowden going ballistic on the officials and slamming his headset to the ground strike the line judge in the process. I would think the ACC will have something to say about that. I am just wondering why, in the course of beating FAU within an inch of their life, does Bowden feel the need to get that worked up over a play.
Virginia Tech 38 Northeastern 0
The Hokies were efficient on offense and the defense held Northeastern to zero points and only 206 yards of offense. Should be a fun day in Chapel Hill next week.
Maryland 27 William and Mary 14
I will refrain from the usual "William without Mary" jokes. This was not an unexpected result but the Terps did commit four turnovers and only gained 361 yards while giving up 300. So in essence this was hardly a dominating performance for Maryland and I imagine there are jitters aplenty in College Park. At least they get another cupcake next week before heading to West Virginia.
Richmond 13 Duke 0
In my proclaimation that Duke would not win this season I did not consider whether or not they would even score. This was Duke's best shot for a win. If you cannot score a touchdown, heck if you cannot make a field goal(they missed two chances) against a I-AA school then there is no way in this reality you are going to win against the other teams on your schedule. Wake, Vandy, and Navy all have have enough firepower to take Duke down. Heaven help the Blue Devils when Virginia Tech comes calling on 9/16.
NC State 23 Appalachian St. 10
Nothing spectacular but nothing too bad either for the Pack. They apparently ran the ball...a lot. NC State QB Marcus Stone attempted only 13 passes connecting on seven of them but was 0 for 3 in the second half. The Wolfpack only had 261 yards of total offense and committed four turnovers. And while App is the defending I-AA champion I would think NC State would offer up a stronger performance than what we saw(or didn't see since it was not televised) today. Then again they did win which is more than I can say for my Heels who lost...
Rutgers 21 North Carolina 16
See my analysis of this loss in the previous post.
Wake Forest 20 Syracuse 10
Nice win for the Deacons but costly with the loss of their starting QB Benjamin Mauk to an still unspecified arm injury. Not to worry, whoever they have under center will be too much for the Blue Devils next week.
Pittsburgh 38 Virginia 13
Virginia's personnel problems are apparently evident upfront. Pitt is improved over last season and used two 70+ yard TD passes as well as a 70 yard and 20 yard INT return for a TD to put the Cavs away. The Cavs will look forward to working out the bugs against Wyoming and Western Michigan before travelling to Atlanta to take in the Calvin Johnson show.
Record This Week and This Season: 8-2