Option no stranger to Duke

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 11, 2013 

TRIPLE

Georgia Tech running back Tony Zenon (9) tries to get away from Duke linebacker Kelby Brown (59) during their game Saturday Sept. 14, 2013.

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Observations

•  Duke (3-2) could not have set up the timing for Navy’s trip to Durham on Saturday any better. Not only have the Blue Devils already seen a version of Navy’s triple option (against Georgia Tech on Sept. 14), but they also had an extra week to prepare for Navy (3-1), which is also coming off an emotional win over Air Force.

Since losing four straight to Navy from 2004 to ’07, then coached by Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, Duke has won two straight against the Mids. The Blue Devils have averaged 37.5 points in their past two wins over Navy.

•  It’s a little early to bury Maryland (4-1), no? Granted, the Terps did not play well in a 63-0 loss at Florida State last week, but losing quarterback C.J. Brown in the second quarter was clearly a factor.

A rough shot by FSU defensive tackle Jaccobi McDaniel – which went unflagged by the officials during the game and unpunished by the ACC afterward – sent Brown to the sidelines with a concussion. Maryland was down 14-0 at the time.

Brown, who is doubtful for Saturday’s game with Virginia, doesn’t play defense but Maryland is better than it showed at FSU.

•  Speaking of FSU’s runaway win, after the game redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston provided a quote which indirectly raises a concern for the ACC.

“It felt like a Little League football game out there,” Winston said. “It was 12 o’clock, the sun was out. I don’t think I saw a cloud in the sky. It was a beautiful day.”

Early starts are good for Little League but the ACC should want more primetime television exposure for its teams, especially the ranked variety. Actually maybe Winston was on to something. If the ACC played Little League, maybe it could get better play from its television partner.

Three to watch

1) Boston College at No. 3 Clemson, 3:30 (WTVD, WCTI)

Are the Tigers (5-0) already looking ahead to next week’s showdown with Florida State? The Eagles (3-2), who surprisingly put up a fight with FSU last month, can only hope so.

2) Syracuse at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m. (FSCR)

The Wolfpack (3-2) looks to rebound from a road loss to Wake Forest, the Orange (2-3) makes its first road trip in the ACC after a lopsided home loss to Clemson.

3) Virginia at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

The Farewell Tour begins for the Terps (4-1) with the first of four games against original ACC members. The Cavaliers (2-3) need to bounce back from an unsettling 48-27 home loss to Ball State.

Number to know

18 Number of players on Maryland’s injury report for Saturday’s game with Virginia, including five who are out for the season and six more who are out for the game.

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