Inside the ACC

Inside the ACC: Blue Devils-Jackets, Hokies-Pirates highlight a light week

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Observations

•  Boston College has already matched last year’s win total, two, two games into the season. The Eagles travel across the country to face a Southern California program in seemingly constant turmoil under coach Lane Kiffin.

The Trojans (1-1), coming off of a 10-7 home loss to Washington State, held a players-only meeting to discuss some of their ongoing problems. Kiffin, who is 26-14 since replacing Pete Carroll in 2010, denied the existence of said meeting, which added another blundering chapter to his dubious resume.

“Kiffin don’t know,” star receiver Marqise Lee told the Los Angeles Daily News. “Kiffin don’t know nothing about it. No coaches (were allowed). We did have that meeting. … Now (Kiffin) knows.”

Presumably, Kiffin does know BC will sink or swim with senior running back Andre Williams, who had 204 yards in last week’s 24-10 win against Wake Forest.

•  It didn’t take long for first-year Syracuse coach Scott Shafer to lose his wits with the media. Shafer, who was previously the Orange’s defensive coordinator, was asked if Northwestern’s 48 points and 581 yards of total offense was a nightmare.

“A nightmare? No. A nightmare? Hell no,” he said. “It was a bad football game and a bad job of coaching by Coach Shafer. I can’t wait to bounce back and try and get this thing better next week. But not a nightmare. Nightmares are for children. A childish question.”

Shafer has the third-person responses down, but he needs to polish his public relations skills. With Wagner and Tulane next on the schedule, the Orange (0-2) should be 2-2 when Clemson travels to upstate New York on Oct. 5.

•  Maryland coach Randy Edsall returns to Connecticut for the first time since the 2010 season. Edsall spent 12 seasons as the Huskies coach before taking the Maryland job after leading Connecticut to the Fiesta Bowl.

The Huskies beat Edsall and Maryland 24-21 last season in College Park. After UConn’s season-opening loss to Towson, it looks like Maryland (2-0) will get that win back from the Huskies.

Three to watch

Georgia Tech at Duke

3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

David Cutcliffe has won three of his five ACC openers at Duke, but he’s 0-5 against the Yellow Jackets (1-0). Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee returns home to Durham for his first ACC start.

Virginia Tech at East Carolina

Noon (Fox Sports 1)

Offensive efficiency has been a challenge for the Hokies (1-1) and quarterback Logan Thomas (38.6 completion percentage, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions) but not the Pirates (2-0). ECU junior quarterback Shane Carden has thrown for 638 yards and 7 touchdowns in the first two games.

Nevada at No. 10 Florida State

3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

What will Jameis Winston do for an encore? FSU’s redshirt freshman quarterback completed 25 of 27 passes and accounted for five touchdowns in a 41-13 rout of Pitt. Colin Kaepernick is not walking through the door for the Wolf Pack (1-1).

Number to know

15-2 North Carolina native and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s record against teams from his home state in five-plus seasons with the Yellow Jackets.

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