THREE TO WATCH
1) UNC at Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
The Tar Heels looked great in their opener, the Deacons did not but they both won. UNC pasted Wake 49-24 last year in Chapel Hill with a couple of late forget-me-not touchdowns tacked on in the fourth quarter.
2) Miami at Kansas State, noon (FX)
Miami beat Boston College last week but surely Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein took note that Miamis defense gave up 441 passing yards in the process.
3) Penn State at Virginia, noon (WTVD)
If Virginia can get more solid efforts like the one from quarterback Mike Rocco had against Richmond (311 passing yards, a touchdown), it has a chance to win the Coastal Division.
NUMBER TO KNOW
12-2: Jim Grobes home record against the Triangle ACC teams, including an eight-game winning streak. UNC (31-24 in 2004) was the last Triangle team to win at BB&T Field.
INSIDE THE ACC
With the pending elimination of automatic qualifier from the unabridged college football lexicon, most observers have downgraded the Big East from BCS status.
If the conference wants to make a stand, Saturday would be a good day (with some help from the ACC). Connecticut hosts N.C. State, Syracuse faces No. 2 USC in New Jersey and Temple gets Maryland at home. Not that beating Maryland will help any conferences cause, but you get the point.
You think Virginia Tech has learned its lesson about scheduling during a short week? After losing to Boise State to open the 2010 season on a Monday, the Hokies slept-walk through a 21-16 loss to a motivated James Madison five days later.
After beating Georgia Tech on Monday, the Hokies wanted no part of an in-state team or even a functional FCS opponent. Instead, they have lined up Austin Peay. The Governors, 3-8 a year ago, gave up 72 points in a loss to Cincinnati last season.
How many times do you think David Cutcliffe and Mike MacIntyre talked this week? MacIntyre, Cutcliffes former assistant at Duke and Ole Miss, nearly led his San Jose State team to an upset of Stanford last week. The Blue Devils visit the Cardinal late Saturday night.
Theres hope for Duke, too. San Jose State lost to Stanford 57-3 last year but only lost 20-17 last Saturday. Duke got smoked 44-14 by the Cardinal and quarterback Andrew Luck last season. Lucks now safely in the NFL.