By Trey McCurry.
The ACC went 7-3 in week 2, including a 3-2 mark on the road. This week there is two conference matchups (Duke at Boston College and Virginia at North Carolina) while four ACC teams will host top-20 non-conference opponents.
Boston College 0-2 (0-0)
Last Week: 30-3 loss at Central Florida
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. Duke (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. Massachusetts (1:00PM; ESPN3)
Notes: The Eagles are 0-2 for the first time since 1994, a start that was followed by a seven-game winning streak and a trip to the Aloha Bowl. LB Luke Kuechly continued his record streak of 10 or more stops to 24 straight games with 17 tackles in Saturday’s loss. PK Nate Freese’s 47-yard field goal at UCF, the Eagles only points in the game, was the second-longest of his career.
Duke 0-2 (0-0)
Last Week: 44-14 loss to #6 Stanford
This Week: Saturday, September 17 @ Boston College (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. Tulane (3:30PM; ESPNU or ESPN3)
Notes: The Blue Devils Lee Butler had a 76-yard INT return for a TD against last year’s Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, the seventh longest return in school history. Duke has now scored 10 defensive TDs in David Cutcliffe’s four seasons. The Blue Devils had four different players complete a pass against the Cardinal, including punter Alex King.
Florida State 2-0 (0-0) #5 in both AP and USA Today Polls
Last Week: 62-10 win over Charleston Southern
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. #1 Oklahoma (8:00PM; ABC)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 @ Clemson (TBA)
Notes: The Seminoles will face their 15th top-5 opponent since joining the ACC, and are 7-7 in the previous 14 contests. ACC teams are 2-19 all-time at top-ranked teams, but just four of those games have been home contests. The Seminoles threw for 477 yards against the Buccaneers last weekend. Florida State has held its first two foes under 100 yards passing and rushing, the first such streak in both phases for the Noles since 1980.
Georgia Tech 2-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 49-21 win at Middle Tennessee
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. Kansas (12:30PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. North Carolina (TBA)
Notes: The Yellow Jackets have scored 112 points in two games, only the ninth ACC team to do so through only two contests and just three points shy of the conference record. WR Stephen Hill has already surpassed his team-leading receiving yardage (292) in 2010 and currently has 307 yards in two games. Georgia Tech is third in the nation in rushing, while seniors have scored two of their 16 TDs.
Maryland 1-0 (1-0)
Last Week: Open Date
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. #18 West Virginia (12:00PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. Temple (12:30PM; ACC Network)
Notes: Maryland has won seven of its last eight openers and will try to improve to 2-0 for the second straight year. The Terps will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak in the West Virginia series. Despite having only 11 starts since the the start of 2010, QB Danny O’Brien already ranks 16th in school history with 2,786 passing yards.
Miami (FL) 0-1 (0-1)
Last Week: Open Date
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. #16 Ohio State (7:30PM; ESPN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. Kansas State (TBA)
Notes: Miami has won 12 of its last 13 home openers, with the only loss a 13-10 setback to Florida State in 2006. As of last week, 42 former Hurricanes were on active NFL roster, the most of any college program. QB Jacory Harris, the ACC’s active leader in most career passing categories, will return to the starting position this week after serving a one-game suspension to start the season.
NC State 1-1 (0-1)
Last Week: 34-27 loss at Wake Forest
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. South Alabama (6:00PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Thursday, September 22 @ Cincinnati (8:00PM; ESPN)
Notes: The Wolfpack showed some big play capability last week in the second half with TD passes of 65 and 63 yards. WR T.J. Graham ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose running with 382 yards: 124 in receptions, 88 on punt returns, and 170 on kickoff returns. Rashard Smith became the first Wolfpack player since 2005 to play on both sides of the ball, logging snaps at both WR and DB against Wake Forest.
North Carolina 2-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 24-22 win over Rutgers
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. Virginia (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 @ Georgia Tech (TBA)
Notes: North Carolina has won six straight non-conference games; it’s most since an 11-game streak from 1995-97. QB Bryn Renner had another great game, going 20-of-26 for 273 yards. On the season, he is 42-for-49 for 550 yards, which is good for a 85.7% completion percentage. The Tar Heels are ranked third nationally in rushing defense, having allowed only 60 net yards in two games.
Virginia 2-0 (0-0)
Last Week: 34-31 win at Indiana
This Week: Saturday, September 17 @ North Carolina (3:30PM; ESPNU)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 vs. Southern Miss (3:30PM; RSN)
Notes: Virginia is one of only 14 coaching staffs (among 120 teams) that returned its entire staff entirely from 2010. QB Michael Rocco, 19, is the youngest Cavalier QB to win his first two games since at least 1939. Freshman RB Kevin Parks already has five TDs this season. K Robert Randolph is 38-of-45 (.844) on FGs in his career, the second-best percentage (give a minimum of 40 FGA) in ACC history.
Virginia Tech 2-0 (0-0) #13 in the AP Poll and #12 in the USA Today Poll
Last Week: 17-10 win at East Carolina
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. Arkansas State (4:00PM; RSN)
Up Next: Saturday, September 24 @ Marshall (3:30PM; CBSSN)
Notes: Frank Beamer earned his 200th win as the Hokies’ head coach Saturday. WR Jarrett Boykin became the school’s all-time leader in receptions (129) against East Carolina. The Hokies improved to 13-1 in the state of North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2004 and improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Bud Foster’s defense has now held 12 of their past 21 opponents to 17 or fewer points.
Wake Forest 1-1 (1-0)
Last Week: 34-27 win over NC State
This Week: Saturday, September 17 vs. Gardner-Webb (6:30PM; ESPN3)
Up Next: Saturday, October 1 @ Boston College (TBA)
Notes: The Demon Deacons have trailed for only 13 snaps (out of more than 350) in their past three games dating back to the 2010 finale against Vanderbilt. WR Christ Givens followed up his 170-yard opening-game performance with a six catch, 111-yard day against the Wolfpack. WR Michael Campanaro’s 40-yard TD pass marked the fourth TD pass by a non-quarterback in the past four seasons.