By Trey McCurry.
The ACC opened the 2011 season by going a combined 8-4 on the weekend. This week there is one conference game (NC State at Wake Forest) and five of the ten teams playing will be on the road.
Boston College 0-1 (0-0)
Last Week: 24-17 loss to Northwestern
This Week: Saturday, September 10 @ Central Florida (8:00PM; CBSSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Duke (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: The Eagles snapped a seven-game winning streak in season-openers. QB Chase Rettig had his best game at Boston College, throwing for 351 yards. LB Luke Kuechly, last season’s national leader in tackles per game, had 19 tackles against the Wildcats and has now recorded 10 or more stops in 23 straight games.
Duke 0-1 (0-0)
Last Week: 23-21 loss to Richmond
This Week: Saturday, September 10 vs. #6 Stanford (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 @ Boston College (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: The Blue Devils host a top-10 nationally ranked non-conference opponent for the second consecutive year. Duke played three QBs against Richmond, and two of them scored but did not throw a pass. S Matt Daniels was credited with six passes defended against the Spiders, the highest tally by an ACC player since the NCAA began charting the stat in 2002.
Florida State 1-0 (0-0) #4 in USA Today Poll and #5 in AP Poll
Last Week: 34-0 win over UL-Monroe
This Week: Saturday, September 10 vs. Charleston Southern (6:00PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Oklahoma (8:00PM; ABC)
Notes: The Seminoles earned their first win as a Top 6 ranked team since October 2005. K Dustin Hopkins made all four extra points and has now converted 90 in a row. The Florida State defense earned their sixth shutout since the start of the 2000 season.
Georgia Tech 1-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 63-21 win over Western Carolina
This Week: Saturday, September 10 @ Middle Tennessee (7:00PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Kansas (12:30PM; RSN)
Notes: Paul Johnson improved to 5-0 against his alma mater. QB Tevin Washington threw for more yards (365) than any Paul Johnson-coached team has since 1989. The 662 yards of total offense was the second-highest figure in history.
Maryland 1-0 (1-0)
Last Week: 32-24 win over Miami (FL)
This Week: Open Date
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. West Virginia (12:00; ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU)
Notes: Randy Edsall became the third Terrapin coach to win his debut at the school in the ACC era as Maryland scored only one offensive touchdown yet punted only once. QB Danny O’Brien was 31-of-44 for 348 yards to lead the offense. DL Joe Vellano’s 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the longest by a Maryland defender since 2001.
Miami (FL) 0-1 (0-1)
Last Week: 32-24 loss at Maryland
This Week: Open Date
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Ohio State (7:30PM or 8:00PM; ESPN or ABC)
Notes: Miami will take this week off and return most of their suspended players when Ohio State comes to town, including QB Jacory Harris who is expected to start against the Buckeyes. RB Lamar Miller had 119 yards rushing on 18 carries and 222 yards all-purpose offense.
NC State 1-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 43-21 win over Liberty
This Week: Saturday, September 10 @ Wake Forest (3:30PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. South Alabama (3:30PM; ESPN3)
Notes: The Wolfpack tied a school record with seven takeaways against Liberty. WR T.J. Graham had an 82-yard punt return TD that tied three other ACC players with two punt returns of 80 or more yards for a TD. David Amerson had two interceptions in week one, the only FBS player to do so this week.
North Carolina 1-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 42-10 win over James Madison
This Week: Saturday, September 10 vs. Rutgers (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Virginia (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Notes: QB Bryn Renner debut was the most effective ever day by an ACC quarterback. Renner was 22-for-23 for a .957 completion percentage and completed his final 14 pass attempts. The Tar Heel defense had five sacks and held JMU to 59 yards rushing on 39 attempts.
Virginia 1-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 40-3 win over William & Mary
This Week: Saturday, September 10 @ Indiana (7:00PM; Big Ten Network)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 @ North Carolina (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Notes: All four of the Cavaliers TDs were scored by freshman and converted all five of their red-zone scoring opportunities. RB Kevin Parks three touchdowns were the most by a Virginia player in his debut since 1964. The Cavalier defense had their sixth shutout since the start of the 2005 season.
Virginia Tech 1-0 (0-0) #11 in both the AP and USA Today Polls
Last Week: 66-13 win over Appalachian State
This Week: Saturday, September 10 @ East Carolina (3:30PM; FSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Arkansas State (4:00PM; RSN)
Notes: The Hokies, in their 118th season of football, set a school record for points in an opener and have scored in 204 consecutive games. RB David Wilson ran for 162 yards and three TDs against the Mountaineers. Virginia Tech scored on a blocked punt for the 17th time in Beamer’s tenure.
Wake Forest 0-1 (0-0)
Last Week: 36-29 overtime loss at Syracuse
This Week: Saturday, September 10 vs. NC State (3:30PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 17 vs. Gardner-Webb (6:30PM; ESPN3)
Notes: The Demon Deacons had 406 yards on 84 offensive plays. WR David Givens grabbed seven passes for 170 yards and a TD. QB Tanner Price was 18-of-31 for 289 and three TDs before leaving with an injury. NG Nikita Whitlock had five tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble against Syracuse.