|ESPN.com: NCF Nation||[Print without images]|
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
No, it's not Wednesday. The schedule is all off this week because of Thanksgiving, so pay attention, or you might miss something like, say, predictions. Here is this week's inside look at the ACC:
UNC: UNC coach Butch Davis said he'll know by today who his starting quarterback will be. He and the staff met Sunday evening and studied game film of Duke, along with their own tape of the loss to NC State to figure out whether Cam Sexton or T.J. Yates gives the Heels the best chance to win.
Davis said Yates had some mechanics break down in his throwing motion that weren't evident during the week of practice. He said the speed of the game Saturday contributed to that.
"I think it's things T.J. can certainly work on," Davis said.
VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer won't say a word about his quarterbacks this week, other than both are healthy enough to play, and he has only made two players available to the media this week. On Monday's weekly teleconference, Beamer said the muzzle on his players isn't to prevent any more divisive locker-room comments like last week, when linebacker Purnell Sturdivant criticized Bryan Stinespring's offense for being too predictable. It's to "keep our mind on Virginia." He said the locker room is not divided.
"Our team is very much together, and I know all our thoughts and all our efforts need to go to beating this Virginia team," Beamer said. "I think we are a together football team."
DUKE: Coach David Cutcliffe said that physically his team was beat up coming out of Blacksburg on Saturday, but not emotionally, despite the 14-3 loss to the Hokies.
"I've never been around a more unselfish team, a team that plays any harder than this team does," Cutcliffe said. "It's really unselfish. No finger pointing, nobody blaming anybody, 100 percent together."
Cutcliffe had to restructure the offense around backup quarterback Zack Asack, who threw the ball just nine times, four of which were interceptions. Asack was effective in the triple-option, but lacks some confidence now after the Devils' passing game was ineffective. Cutcliffe said he is "very hopeful" quarterback Thaddeus Lewis (ankle) can rejoin the team on Saturday against UNC, and that Lewis remains to get treatment.
FLORIDA STATE: Safety Darius McClure, who tore cartilage in his left leg while celebrating his first career interception in the loss to Boston College, returned to practice on Monday night -- an appearance that surprised even coach Bobby Bowden.
"When he got hurt, everybody thought [he'd be out for the year] and he was out there working out a little bit," Bowden told reporters. "I just saw him working there at the end. I'm not sure how much he was getting. He didn't look real bad."
McClure, who missed about a week, said he is "feeling good."
"When I jumped up, I landed on somebody's foot and my knee went out," he said. "It felt pretty good running around today."
BOSTON COLLEGE: The staff is working with backup quarterback Dominique Davis as much as time permits this week to usher him along as quickly as possible. Coach Jeff Jagodzinski said starting quarterback Chris Crane will not need surgery on his broken collarbone, but that the recovery time will be at least six weeks.
"I feel bad for him," Jagodzinski said. "That's four starters this year not playing."
And yet the Eagles are still in a position to win the Atlantic Division and advance to the ACC Championship Game for the second straight season with a win over Maryland on Saturday in their home season finale. Not everyone is surprised by that.
"I anticipated being right where we're at," Jagodzinski said.