Thanks to sports information directors in the ACC for these interesting notes:
The last time Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest all started the season 2-0 was 2001, when Ralph Friedgen and Jim Grobe were in their first years as head coaches at their current schools, and NC State coach Tom O’Brien at Boston College. The last time the three original members of the ACC started the season 3-0 was in 1979, when Jerry Claiborne, Bo Rein and John Mackovic were the head coaches respectively for the Terrapins, Wolfpack and Demon Deacons.
Against No. 2 Ohio State last weekend, Miami returned one kickoff for a touchdown, one punt return for a touchdown and made one field goal of 50-plus yards. No FBS team has done that over the past 15 years, and it was the first time for Miami.
Georgia Tech is hoping to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time under coach Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets have not lost consecutive games since the final regular-season game and bowl game in 2007. Tech is 7-0 under Johnson following a loss.
A major question mark heading into the season for Boston College was the defensive line. After the first two weeks of the season, the Eagles rank sixth in the nation in rushing defense at 54.0 yards a game. That can be attributed in large part to the mere four yards they allowed Kent State last weekend. It was the fewest rushing yards allowed in a game since holding Maryland to a minus-six yards on November 29, 2008. Junior Kaleb Ramsey leads the defensive line with eight tackles (four solo) and a tackle for a loss.
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker has already left Auburn a winner. On June 7, he hit a three-run home run in the first inning in an NCAA tournament victory at Auburn, a win that clinched the regional title for the Tigers. It was his 20th home run of the season, making him the first athlete in Division I sports history to hit 20 home runs and throw 20 touchdown passes in the same academic year. In the seventh inning of the same game, while playing in the outfield, he was drafted in the first round by the Colorado Rockies with the 26th pick. On Saturday he will face the 16th-ranked Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium which is just across the street from the Auburn baseball facility.
During Virginia’s bye week, expect the Cavaliers to spend some time working on red zone scoring and their field goal unit. Virginia failed on two of its four red zone attempts at USC. The Cavaliers failed on only two trips inside the red zone in 2009 as the nation’s ninth-best team in the category. Place-kicker Robert Randolph had only two missed field goals during all of last season. He already has three, including his two missed attempts at USC and a 50-yard unsuccessful attempt against Richmond in the season opener.
Virginia Tech is in a unique situation this season as it’s the only team in the country that will play all five FBS teams from North Carolina. Tech takes on East Carolina this week, plays at NC State on Oct. 2, hosts Wake Forest on Oct. 16 and then hosts Duke on Oct. 23, and travels to North Carolina on Nov. 13.
Wake Forest’s visit to Stanford will be the longest within the contiguous United States for a FBS team in 2010. Wake Forest’s 2,303 mile trip (as measured from stadium to stadium via Google Earth) is slightly longer than Syracuse’s 2,234 mile trip to Washington and Virginia’s 2,225 venture to Southern California. With an 8:15 p.m. PT kickoff, it is the latest kickoff for a game in Stanford history, as well as Wake Forest history. The game also marks Wake Forest’s first-ever game in California and its first contest played on the campus of a Pac-10 school.