Monday, October 8, 2012
Week 7 sneak peek
By Andrea Adelson
Here is a quick look at all the games in Week 7. There are only four, with many teams having bye weeks.
Duke (5-1, 2-0) at Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1), 12:30 p.m., ACC Network. Hard to believe that Duke is closer to bowl eligibility than the Hokies, who were the preseason pick to win the Coastal. But the Blue Devils have looked like the better team, and deserve tons of credit for being able to beat Virginia last week without starting quarterback Sean Renfree, who missed the game with a sore elbow. Backup Anthony Boone threw four touchdown passes and had a spectacular game. Virginia Tech has won 11 straight in the series, and while the offense has been inconsistent all season, the bigger surprise is how poorly the defense has played. This little nugget from Andy Bitter from The Virginian-Pilot says it all: In all three losses this season, Virginia Tech has given up 495 yards or more. That has never happened previously under defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
North Carolina (4-2, 1-1) at Miami (4-2, 3-0), 2:30 p.m., ESPNU. Speaking of bad defense, after watching Miami give up 376 yards rushing to Notre Dame last week the big question is -- how on earth are the Hurricanes going to stop North Carolina back Giovani Bernard? Against the Hokies, Bernard ran for a career-high 262 yards, becoming the first North Carolina player to run for more than 200 yards in a game since Ronnie McGill had 244 against Wake Forest in 2003. North Carolina racked up 339 yards on the ground and, well, Bernard is better than Irish backs Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III. Miami has to put that loss behind it and focus on winning its division. Even if North Carolina beats Miami, remember the Tar Heels are ineligible for the postseason.
Maryland (3-2, 1-0) at Virginia (2-4, 0-2), 3 p.m., RSN. The Terps have already exceeded their win total from a year ago thanks to their defense, which is among the best in the ACC. The Terps rank No. 7 in the nation in total defense and rushing defense -- not the news you want to hear if you are a Hoos fan, given all the offensive struggles this year. Phillip Sims got the start last week at quarterback and did not fare much better than Michael Rocco. Sims finished 21-of-42 for 268 yards with two interceptions. Virginia has won four of the last five in the series, and its win over Maryland last year secured bowl eligibility.
Boston College (1-4, 0-2) at No. 12 Florida State (5-1, 2-1), 5:30 p.m., ESPN2. Florida State is going to take all its fury out on the Eagles after its upset loss to NC State last week in Raleigh. Coach Jimbo Fisher has come under fire for his play calling in that loss, which effectively ended any chances at a national championship run. The Seminoles are no longer in control of the Atlantic Division, either, but they still have to win out to keep any hopes of getting back to the ACC championship game alive. The Eagles come into the game off a dispiriting loss to Army, but they still have playmakers Chase Rettig and Alex Amidon the Noles have to keep an eye on.