- Heather Dinich, College Football Reporter
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Here’s a sneak peek at the top three games of Week 2:
1. North Carolina at Wake Forest: It’s the only conference game on the schedule, so it automatically gets the top billing. North Carolina is coming off a complete performance in a 62-0 drubbing of Elon, but it was against Elon, so it was little more than a glorified practice run of Larry Fedora’s spread offense. It was impressive nonetheless, as running back Giovani Bernard scored a touchdown rushing, receiving and from a punt return – all in the first half. Wake Forest, meanwhile, struggled to beat Liberty, 20-17. The Deacs trailed 20-17 late in the third quarter. That’s not going to fly against an in-state ACC opponent.
2. Miami at No. 22 Kansas State: The Hurricanes are coming off a gutsy road win at Boston College that gave them a 1-0 start in the ACC race. It was a good, much-needed win for a program filled with young faces. Now they’ll have to carry that confidence on the road again against a top-25 program they lost to at home a year ago. True freshman running back Duke Johnson made a name for himself with two touchdowns, but Miami’s pass protection was nonexistent. They’ll have to have a more complete game to pull off the upset.
3. Penn State at Virginia: This game is intriguing because of Penn State’s ongoing story line, as the Nittany Lions will play their first road game under first-year coach Bill O’Brien and try to avoid an 0-2 start. The Hoos are coming off an impressive performance in a 43-19 win over Richmond. Quarterback Michael Rocco threw for over 300 yards, and UVA racked up 545 yards of total offense. For Penn State, an emotional ride will continue into Charlottesville.
Here’s a sneak peek at the top three games of Week 2:1. North Carolina at Wake Forest: It’s the only conference game on the schedule, so it automatically gets the top billing.