ACC: Jim Harbaugh
Beamer said he likes the bowls and that the current system "is getting closer to working all the time."
"But as far as I'm concerned, I want to keep it the way it is and keep on working with it and keep on getting it better and make sure we keep our bowls in place," he said. "That's the way I see it."
Harbaugh has a different view.
"I would love to see a playoff system, yeah, an eight-team playoff system," he said. "I think every other sport in the NCAA has it. There's no NCAA sport that doesn't have a playoff system, so why not football?"
- You couldn't have asked for a more fitting end to North Carolina's unpredictable season.
- The words of his late father will influence Clemson defensive end DaQuan Bowers' decision about the NFL.
- Georgia Tech is in the mix for a Stanford recruit, whose choice hinges on whether or not coach Jim Harbaugh stays.
- Mike Leach met with top Maryland officials, but no offer was made.
- Clemson has plenty of motivation against South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
- Who has the edge in the Miami-Notre Dame game?
- Quarterbacks alone are reason enough to watch the Discover Orange Bowl.
- A bowl win against South Carolina would be an important step forward in the rebuilding process for Florida State.
- Randy Shannon will be watching the Sun Bowl.
- The Noles are looking for 10 wins for the first time since 2003.
- Blake DeChristopher's life has become all about the beard.
- Vic Fangio saved Stanford's defense.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Good morning, ACC fans! It's Week 2! Every week counts. Let's kick it off with a few links:
- Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and the other seniors on the team met this week to regroup from their loss to Richmond, and Lewis said the team knows what it needs to do to have a successful season.
- BC coach Frank Spaziani is expecting a better contest against Kent State today than some might think. The Eagles are favored to win, but how much more will they learn about themselves before heading into ACC play? They're definitely expecting to face some adversity today.
- Maryland, having faced Cal the past two years home and away, would probably agree with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh:
"It seems any time a west-coast team goes to the east coast, they schedule a noon game, and when east coast teams travel west, they schedule a game as late as possible," Harbaugh told the Associated Press. "We're thinking of every way to screw with each other."
Stanford is on the receiving end of that deal today when it will get an early start against Wake Forest.
- NC State offensive lineman R.J. Mattes is trying to follow in his father's footsteps and they've already got one thing in common -- Tom O'Brien.
- UNC isn't likely to have three blocked punts against UConn again today, but coach Butch Davis is still looking for improvement on special teams from last weekend's game against The Citadel.
- Today's game against Marshall will help Virginia Tech move on after the loss to Alabama.
- The only thing clear about Virginia's quarterback rotation for today's game against TCU is that the three-headed monster is now likely down to two, as Vic Hall is expected to miss the game with a hip injury.
- Maryland let the Baltimore Sun have a sneak peek - in general terms, of course - at what one of its game plans looks like. The coaches reviewed the game film of last week's plan against Cal and are hoping for a better result today against JMU.
- Jeff Schultz of the AJC wonders if Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt is good enough to take the Jackets to the ACC title. If they're going to get there, Schultz writes, Nesbitt has to be better.
- FSU might not have to vacate more than 11 wins, according to a report in the St. Pete Times.
- One bright spot for the Noles in the loss to Miami was Greg Reid, who made the most of his debut.
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