Unexpected starts

September 19, 2009 

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Florida State

The Seminoles lost their opener at home to Miami, then trailed Jacksonville State in the final minute before scoring two late touchdowns to win 19-9. The only good news for coach Bobby Bowden's team is that only one other team in the Atlantic Division - Boston College - is undefeated.

Thaddeus Lewis

Duke's senior quarterback entered the season as the ACC's leading returning passer from last season but has had a less than stellar start to this season. An ankle injury and a bout with the H1N1 virus hampered him during training camp and led to his backup, redshirt freshman Sean Renfree, taking more snaps. Last week against Army, Lewis was replaced by Renfree in the third quarter. Lewis remains the team's starter, but Duke coach David Cutcliffe would like to see more consistency. Lewis has completed 31 of 71 pass attempts for 410 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Boston College

They're only wins over Northeastern and Kent State, but the Eagles are 2-0 and haven't been tested. Not bad for a team playing with a new coach and two new quarterbacks while missing linebacker Mark Herzlich, the ACC's 2008 defensive player of the year. The Clemson game will tell us more, but the Eagles couldn't have asked for a much better start.

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