This is a fun weekend for the upset watch. Why? Because it’s the ACC with a chance to make somebody upset. The ACC will host an unprecedented four ranked opponents this weekend: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 18 West Virginia and No. 21 Auburn. Who in the ACC has the best chance of upending the rankings?
1. Miami vs. Ohio State: The Buckeyes will be without three offensive starters, while the Hurricanes will benefit from the return of linebacker Sean Spence, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, and defensive tackle Marcus Forston. Quarterback Jacory Harris will be given a chance to redeem himself as the team’s starter, and he’ll face a secondary filled with new faces. Miami hasn’t started out 0-2 since 1978. This is a chance for Al Golden to get a statement win for the program, which would help those within it move beyond the NCAA investigation.
2. Florida State vs. Oklahoma: There’s no question the Seminoles are better than they were a year ago when they lost convincingly at Oklahoma. But are they good enough to beat the No. 1 team in the nation? One of the biggest questions still facing the Noles is whether they’ll be able to run the ball well enough against the Sooners. The offensive line still looks like a work in progress. If FSU is going to win this game, there’s a good chance it will be up to the defense.
3. Maryland vs. West Virginia: Norfolk State had a shocking 12-10 lead over West Virginia, and there were definitely weaknesses in the first half that the Terps can expose. Maryland has had a bye week to prepare, and will have home-field advantage, but this is the best team in the Big East. The Terps will have to fare better in the red zone than they did against Miami on Labor Day. Maryland got to the Miami 11 or closer on six occasions, yet they scored only one touchdown and twice came away with nothing.