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10/1/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here's your ACC 101 for this week:

FUMBLE STATE U?

  • You want to know the problem with Florida State and Maryland? Look no further than the NCAA statistics for fumbles lost. FSU and the Terps are tied for 118th nationally out of 120 teams with eight fumbles lost each. Only Oregon, with nine, has more. That's just fumbles, not the turnover category, which also includes interceptions, and the Terps have five of those. On the flip side, Miami is tied for No. 7 with just one fumble lost, and Clemson and Duke have just two fumbles lost each.

MIAMI BRINGING ON THE BEST

  • When Miami faces No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday, the Hurricanes will be completing an unprecedented run in the ACC. No other ACC football team has ever opened the season playing four consecutive nationally-ranked opponents. Miami opened the year against No. 18 Florida State in Tallahassee, then hosted No. 14 Georgia Tech before traveling to No. 11 Virginia Tech last Saturday. North Carolina came close in 2001, going on the road to face No. 3 Oklahoma, then unranked Maryland and No. 4 Texas before hosting No. 6 Florida State. Maryland, though not ranked when UNC played them, ended the 2001 season ranked 11th nationally.

HOKIES BEATING THE BEST

  • Virginia Tech’s first four opponents are a combined 11-0 in games not played against the Hokies: Alabama 3-0 (4-0 overall); Marshall 3-0 (3-1 overall); Nebraska 3-0 (3-1 overall); and Miami 2-0 (2-1 overall). Marshall, Nebraska and Miami all suffered their lone loss to the Hokies, who are ranked sixth in the country in the AP poll with a Sagarin rating of No. 3 and a national strength of schedule ranking of four.

RUN, RUSSELL, RUN

  • NC State quarterback Russell Wilson silenced any speculation about his hampered running ability last weekend against Pitt. He rushed for a career-high 91 yards (in addition to throwing for 322 yards), the highest rushing total for a Wolfpack quarterback in more than three decades. The last NC State quarterback to rush for more yards was Johnny Evans, now a color commentator on the Wolfpack radio network. Evans ran for 126 yards on 15 carries against Clemson in 1976. Wilson has 503 rushing yards for his career.

NO SLEEP FOR SEWELL

  • Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell has been as involved in Virginia’s offense as any player in the country has been for his team. Against Southern Miss, Sewell was in on a school-record 69 plays (23 rushes, 46 passes). To put that in perspective, the Golden Eagles had a total of 68 plays in the game. Sewell passed for a career-best 312 yards, topping his previous high by 24 yards. He also had 23 rushing attempts in the game, the second most by a UVa quarterback in school history.

WELCOME TO MISSISSIPPI

  • Despite previously playing 31 seasons in the SEC from 1933 through 1963, Georgia Tech will play inside the Mississippi borders for the first time in 117 seasons on Saturday when the Yellow Jackets play at Mississippi State. In all, the Yellow Jackets have only played Mississippi State and Ole Miss a total of six times (three times each) with four of the meetings coming at Bobby Dodd Stadium, including all of the previous meetings with the Bulldogs. The Jackets faced Ole Miss twice in bowl games, one of those were in Atlanta, and once at Grant Field.