NCF Nation: om O'Brien
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
ATLANTA -- Here's the travel version, guys. Heading back home before driving to Charlottesville, Va., tomorrow. And not a moment too soon -- hundreds of ... how should I put this ... interesting characters have infiltrated the hotel here for the Dragon*Con convention, and I'm guessing the Alabama-Clemson game is the furthest thing from their minds.
Not here in the blogosphere, though.
- What happened in Raleigh Thursday night was akin to a horror story for Tom O'Brien. Three quarterbacks accounted for a whopping 49 passing yards. And Russell Wilson's debut was cut short by a concussion. Looks like it's going to be a long season for the Pack.
- The Hurricanes, on the other hand, looked great at quarterback in their opener.
No Robert Marve? No problem. Miami easily handled Charleston Southern (as it should have) and got off to a positive start this season. Much of that can be attributed to freshman quarterback Jacory Harris.
- Wake Forest also got off to the right start last night by manhandling Baylor.
- That's exactly what Boston College linebacker Brian Toal hopes to do in his comeback against Kent State.
- Speaking of pushing people around, the players at Florida State say they've gotten bigger, stronger and faster.
- When it comes to speed, keep an eye on this guy. As long as Darrius Heyward-Bey sticks around, the Terps have big playmaking potential.
- So do the Clemson Tigers. And you can talk about pressure all you want, but Tommy Bowden's ties to Alabama have already prepped him for" as much heat as you can get."
- Who will Virginia's quarterback be against USC? Former signal caller Jameel Sewell is under the impression it will be Peter Lalich. Inside scoop or educated guess?
- I can't believe how many players in this league are married. Virginia Tech linebacker Purnell Sturdivant is next in line, and his lady is helping him prepare to take over for Xavier Adibi. Sounds like a keeper.
That's all I have time for this morning. Check back later.