It should be an interesting Saturday in the ACC’s Coastal Division, where the top four teams are playing each other. Here are a few links to whet your appetite for North Carolina-Georgia Tech, Miami-Virginia Tech and the other games on the schedule:
- North Carolina at Georgia Tech: In the wake of his team’s loss to Miami, Paul Johnson says GT’s spread-option offense has been good so far but can get better. The Jackets face a Carolina team that is learning to win on the road under Butch Davis.
- South Florida at Florida State: Bobby Bowden has seen a team like South Florida rise from nothing to become one of the best in the country — it happened before at Florida State. Saturday’s game also gives the Seminoles the chance to celebrate the 1999 national championship team.
- Wake Forest at Boston College: The Demon Deacons get their first road test of the season in their ACC opener. Meanwhile, Eagles coach Frank Spaziani has no quarterback quandary. He plans to keep playing Dave Shinskie and Justin Tuggle.
- Miami at Virginia Tech: The Hurricanes were never intimidated by a grueling, four-game gauntlet to open the season, which includes today’s game at Lane Stadium, where the Hokies are 38-5 since 2003. VT’s defense will have to put pressure on Miami QB Jacory Harris, who has been sacked only once all season.
- TCU at Clemson: After lowly Idaho pulled out of its game against the Tigers, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney decided to take his chances against a top team like TCU instead of bringing in a I-AA team to pad his team’s victory total.
- Rutgers at Maryland: The young Terrapins early woes are wide-ranging, and the team is paying for a lot of mistakes.
- Pittsburgh at N.C. State: For State — and Duke and North Carolina – things are far from ideal on the offensive line. The Wolfpack draw an improving Pitt team that has yet to face a real test this season.
- N.C. Central at Duke: The News & Observer’s Caulton Tudor says the matchup of Durham teams is “a win-win” that should boost football in the area.