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ACC's lunchtime links

9/6/2010

Happy Labor Day! Terps and Hokies take center stage ...

  • Maryland's 2-10 record is part of the team's identity as it heads into its opener against Navy, but a win would help change that.

  • It's only the first game, but there's already a lot on the line for Virginia Tech.

  • Maryland and Navy have played just once over the past 44 years, despite being just 30 miles apart. Might this be the start of a real rivalry?

  • Here are a few bonus observations from Virginia's win against Richmond.

  • Three things to watch in tonight's game at FedEx Field.

  • Virginia Tech has lost at least once in September in each of the past four seasons. Can the Hokies stop that trend?

  • Clemson's defense? Pretty offensive, if you ask Dabo Swinney.

  • BC quarterback Dave Shinskie is still the Eagles' starter heading into Kent State, but coach Frank Spaziani wants -- and needs -- to see more improvement.

  • UNC tight end Zack Pianalto deserves some high praise for the way he handled his disappointing end to the LSU game.

  • Check out the picture: UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin is sticking out like a sore thumb these days -- almost as if he's trying to. Austin won't be practicing.

  • Was former UNC assistant John Blake receiving money from agents? Apparently, it's a complicated question to answer.

  • Miami running back Graig Cooper made good on his promise to return by the season opener.

  • FSU's impending trip to Oklahoma will tell us a lot more about where the Noles stand under Jimbo Fisher.