Three to watch
The Pirates’ (1-1) three-week ringer continues with a trip to Blacksburg, Va., where the Hokies (2-0) are coming off their biggest win in at least a dozen years.
The Wolfpack (2-0) has been shaky but remains unbeaten, while the Bulls (1-1) let a win over Maryland slip away last week in the Tampa, Fla., sun.
The Trojans (2-0) out-slugged Stanford 13-10 last week and make a rare trip to the east coast. The Eagles (1-1) need to shore up their tackling after a tough home loss to Pitt.
Number to know
• Great time for ECU (1-1) to catch Virginia Tech (2-0), which is prime for a letdown after the Ohio State upset. The Pirates need to score touchdowns, not field goals, which was the problem in last week's 33-23 loss at South Carolina.
In last year's 15-10 home loss to the Hokies, ECU went 75 yards on the opening drive but managed only 129 the rest of the game.
• Not all uniform changes and variations are to attract recruits. Boston College will feature a red bandana pattern on its helmet, gloves and cleats for Saturday night's game with Southern California in honor of the late Welles Crowther, a former BC lacrosse player who saved dozens of lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York in 2001.
• It's almost like Wake Forest's schedule was a dare. You'd be hard-pressed to find a "Power 5" school that has ever made road trips to Louisiana-Monroe and Utah State in the same season.
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton almost knocked off Auburn in 2011 in his first college start. The Aggies, who finished 9-5 last season, won't be scared of Wake.