Monday, September 6, 2010
Back and forth in the ACC
By Heather Dinich
Welcome to your Instant Replay of Week 1 (in HD, of course), and a sneak peek at Week 2. Yes, there are still two games to be played in the ACC – biggies – so consider this an abbreviated version of what you’ll see next week.
Jacory Harris threw three touchdown passes in Miami's opener on Thursday.
The good: ACC quarterbacks. Granted, most of these top performances came against less-than-stellar competition, but most of the signal callers in the league proved worthy of the preseason hype. Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Miami’s Jacory Harris, and NC State’s Russell Wilson all put up eye-popping numbers. UNC’s T.J. Yates showed dramatic improvement and leadership in the loss to LSU, and Duke’s Sean Renfree proved more than capable of taking over for Thaddeus Lewis. Virginia’s Marc Verica also got away from the interceptions that had plagued him in 2008.
The not-so-bad: Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. Wow. He averaged 8.1 yards on 16 carries and rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns. All but 12 of the Jackets’ 372 total yards came on the ground. But Nesbitt was only 1 of 6 passing for eight yards and an interception.
The ugly: John Blake’s resignation. It’s only the first week of the season, and UNC has already suffered another repercussion from the NCAA’s investigation into possible improper contact with agents. The team lost its defensive line coach and its recruiting coordinator.
Top three games to watch in Week 2:
1. Miami at Ohio State (3:40 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3): This is the can’t-miss game of the week nationally, too. If the Hurricanes pull the upset in the Shoe, they should be considered national-title contenders. Quarterbacks Jacory Harris and Terrelle Pryor are coming off impressive performances against lesser opponents and will be one of the hot topics all week.
2. Florida State at Oklahoma (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): We’ll know a lot more about where Jimbo Fisher and his program stand after this one. The Sooners looked beatable, but a road trip into Big 12 territory is never easy. The Bowden Bowls are over, but the Stoops Bowl is just beginning.
3. Duke at Wake Forest (Noon, ET, ESPN3): It’s the first conference game of the season, and don’t snooze on it – it means something. If either one of these programs is going to make it to a bowl game this season, this game is a must-win. It will feature new quarterbacks for both programs.