NCF Nation: Tielor Robinson
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
1. North Carolina's losing winning trend. In all six of their wins this season, North Carolina has had to trail before they have won. And the two losses? They were winning most of the way. UNC seems to be at its best when the pressure is on.
2. How Georgia Tech's offensive line fares without Andrew Gardner for the first time in 48 games. They Yellow Jackets will depend heavily on Nick Claytor and Austin Barrick. Both of them played significant snaps against Florida State, but nobody on the line has the experience Gardner had.
3. Turnovers in Chapel Hill. Georgia Tech has the nation's leader in interceptions in Morgan Burnett. But North Carolina leads the nation in interceptions. Fortunately for the Yellow Jackets, they don't throw the ball that much. They have been known to fumble it once or twice, though.
4. Wake Forest's defensive line against Virginia's offensive line. In order to have a chance at winning, the Demon Deacons need to stop Cedric Peerman. In order to do that, they've gotta get past NFL prospect Eugene Monroe.
5. Virginia tailback Cedric Peerman. Peerman took the first fumble of his career last week against Miami pretty hard. He's the heart of the offense in terms of leadership, so they'll need him to bounce back quickly.
6. Duke running back Clifford Harris. He filled in for injured fullback Tielor Robinson at Wake Forest and scored two touchdowns. He's very football-savvy and has the ability to play both fullback and tailback, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
7. Florida State's kickoff coverage team against C.J. Spiller. The Noles are allowing 21 yards per return, and Spiller is second in the ACC with a 31.9 return yard average and one touchdown.
8. Turnovers in Tallahassee. Unlike Georgia Tech and North Carolina who take the ball away, these two teams give it away. Clemson and FSU are the ACC's two worst teams in terms of turnover margin. FSU is minus-4 and Clemson is minus-9. Clemson has had 10 turnovers in its past two games.
9. Boston College pass defense against Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The Eagles have the nation's No. 12 pass efficiency defense while Notre Dame is 18th nationally in passing offense.
10. The big picture. Nobody can really afford to lose anymore, but Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina seem to have the most to lose this weekend. The Noles are still trying to become bowl eligible, and the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels are both trying to avoid their third Coastal Division loss. Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia can all become bowl eligible this weekend.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
I've gotten a ton of questions in the mailbag from fans expressing displeasure with Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. A ton. Here are a few samples:
Jason, in Arlington, writes: Heather, you ought to talk with Kyle Tucker and ask about the past few days in Blacksburg!! Heat is getting turned up on Beamer and Stinespring, grass roots campaign style!
Alexander, in Blacksburg, writes: you rank the teams you rank the head coaches rank the OC's and the DC's Stinespring needs to be pushed out interestingly..he is the o-line coach, and our o-line has been shakey the last few seasons..no only his he predictable he's the source of our offensive weakness-the o-line. I hope you cover these topics soon
Somebody writes: are you going to help us dismantle stinespring or not?..he needs to go..we can't win with him
Dennis, in Torrance, CA, writes: ... And could you please ask Coach Beamer why Stinespring's name is still on a Hokie Office Door?
Yes, I'm ignoring you, because it's not something I feel comfortable passing judgment on right now. However, Frank Beamer has made it clear that Stinespring is his guy.
So you can complain all you want -- the mailbag is there for you to vent, cry, laugh, whatever -- but it doesn't look like things are going to change anytime soon. Other than the fact that Beamer is firing back at his critics.
Elsewhere in the league ...
- Clemson running back C.J. Spiller has taken his game North and South -- an early Christmas present for coach Tommy Bowden.
- There's no rest for the weary Yellow Jackets, a sign that Paul Johnson's not big on substitutions and there might not be as much depth on his roster to give him that option.
- After facing a hostile Florida crowd this past weekend, the young Hurricanes are ready for College Station and have a weekend off to prepare for Texas A&M. They're still talking about that Florida game, though, in Coral Gables.
- How many kickers does it take to replace Connor Barth at UNC? Two, including his little bro.
- The Seminoles lost a few guys from their roster, including defensive tackle Emmanuel Dunbar, who would have been a starter if he had been able to stay healthy. Markus White is still struggling with seizures, although doctors assure him he's safe on the football field as long as he takes his medication.
- Did you guys catch the show yesterday? Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe took my ACC seat on College Football Live. He's right, the ESPN headquarters are "enormous."
- Duke senior tight end Tielor Robinson knows a thing or two about Navy. He was on Army's roster once. Then again, he's also 0-5 against the Middies, so coach David Cutcliffe doesn't "want to hear anything he has to say." Ha.
- Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin uncovered eight plays that should have been touchdowns. Yikes. It's still not enough for coach Ralph Friedgen to make any changes, though.
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