Two things stand out on the ACC schedule today: Miami’s primetime game against Oklahoma and ESPN College Football GameDay at Boston College. I’ll get to the latter shortly in another post. You can read more about the former in this week’s links:
- ACC: Some excellent analysis by The News & Observer’s J.P. Giglio to adjust key stats based on performance against I-A teams only. This is the kind of thing we really dig at IoT.
- Virginia at North Carolina: In many ways, North Carolina coach Butch Davis found adapting to NFL offenses easier than the diverse group of schemes his team has faced this season. On the bright side for the 0-3 Cavaliers, they still haven’t lost an ACC game yet. Virginia is looking at its conference opener as a fresh start.
- Clemson at Maryland: Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is promising a steady dose of seniors C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford today. On the other sideline, Terps coach Ralph Friedgen is desperately trying to cut down on the turnovers that have plagued his team.
- Virginia Tech at Duke: After last week’s big win over Miami, the Hokies are trying to avoid a letdown in Durham. Meanwhile, Blue Devils coach Dave Cutcliffe has been reduced to begging for Duke students to show up for the game. Maybe he could lure them by promising Coach K is going to make an inspirational halftime speech about leadership.
- Florida State at Boston College: In the wake of last week’s loss to South Florida, Florida State head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher said the Semnioles need a culture change. The Eagles are looking at today’s game as a chance for a defining moment.
- N.C. State at Wake Forest: The Wolfpack are eager to test themselves on the road for the first time this season. They’ll likely see a lot of Wake wide receiver Marshall Williams, who has become a top target for the Demon Deacons after dropping a game-winning pass against State last year.
- Georgia Tech at Mississippi State: Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson wants his team to keep playing with their eyes. The Tech defense may see a Bulldogs offense that looks somewhat familiar.
- Oklahoma at Miami: The Hurricanes are about to finish off a brutal four-game stretch that will define their season. Tonight’s game with the Sooners has high stakes for both teams.