Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
The possibility of losing to teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences has been a popular topic for ACC coaches this week. After all, the ACC lost to two FCS opponents in Week 1, and last Saturday, Maryland almost lost to James Madison at home, and Florida State got a scare at home from Jacksonville State.
This week, the possibility of more upsets looms. There are two more FCS programs ready to come out swinging in the state of North Carolina. Here’s a ranking of who has the most likely chance to go down to a non-AQ team this weekend:
1. Virginia. Southern Miss will represent Conference USA and put the Cavaliers in an 0-3 hole heading into a road trip at UNC.
2. Florida State. BYU will give the Mountain West Conference even more ammunition that it deserves to receive an automatic bid.
3. North Carolina. Along with Southern Miss, ECU will be another chance for C-USA to knock off a BCS opponent this week, and the familiarity between the players and schools will make this one personal.
4. Maryland. The Blue Raiders of the Sun Belt Conference should have confidence from their win over the Terps last year.
5. Wake Forest. Elon quarterback Scott Riddle will try to represent the Southern Conference against a secondary-in-progress, but if the Deacs can beat Stanford, they shouldn’t lose to an FCS team.
6. NC State. Gardner Webb was projected to finish fourth in the Big South this summer, but this FCS team should be overmatched in Carter-Finley.