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ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

At this time tomorrow, I'll be on a plane to Raleigh. Send me on my way ...

  • Speaking of NC State, ooh, here's one that will get Tar Heel fans all riled up. As of right now, writes Caulton Tudor, NC State is the better program. It beats UNC 3-1 in the four key phases of the game. The one area UNC has the edge? Defense, of course.

  • Get to know Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who I think will be one of the most improved players in the conference this year. Once you get him talking, he's a pretty funny guy, and the AJC had a little fun with him on video.

  • Maryland's kicking job will be a game-time decision, as Mike Barbour and Nick Ferarra can't seem to shake each other.

  • Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe gave BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo credit for scheduling games that put BC in a position for good or even great seasons.

  • BC linebacker Mark Herzlich still has a long way to go -- and a lot to do -- but he's not letting that stop him from helping to lead this year's team.

  • There are plenty of coaching tie-ins between Clemson and Middle Tennessee that making for an interesting subplot in the Tigers' season opener.

  • Virginia and William & Mary are quite familiar with each other after having swapped game film from every game in 2008.

  • Wake Forest returns a lot of familiar faces on it's offensive line, but they say they're different players -- and that's a good thing.

  • In case you haven't noticed, it's been a quiet week at Miami. Tuesday practice was closed, and they've got today off. It's a good time to check out Manny Navarro's camp rewind and depth chart predictions.

  • He's little. He's shifty. He's a blur. He's Travis Benjamin. And he tore up FSU last year. Can he do it again?

  • Looks like I'm not the only one who thinks the Canes can beat FSU.

  • Craig Yarborough gets that he's an unknown walk-on. But he's got a chance to change that now that he's in the starting lineup against Miami.

  • Virginia Tech's defense plans on getting up close and personal with Alabama's new quarterback.