ACC lunchtime links

That other brand of football starts tonight ... if you're in to that sort of thing.

C.J. Brown and Marcus Whitfield earned game balls for their performances against FIU, but they didn't get them. Chalk it up to an arcane NCAA rule that the Baltimore Sun uncovered.

Tickets are tough to come by for the big Florida-Miami showdown, writes the Sun-Sentinel.

Meanwhile, there are still plenty of good seats available for Virginia Tech's game against Western Carolina. School officials tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch they're expecting a 93-game sellout streak to come to an end.

The Charlotte Observer has a great piece on Clemson running back Roderick McDowell, who overcame a childhood disability to reach star status with the Tigers.

It was a strong debut for Boston College left tackle Matt Patchan in the opener, writes the Boston Herald.

Junior Darius Jennings has taken the lead role in Virginia's receiving corps, writes the Roanoke Times.

Pitt is hoping to learn from its mistakes against Florida State as it continues its first season in the ACC, writes the Post-Gazette.

Syracuse's defense will be walking a tightrope if QB Drew Allen can't take a step forward against Northwestern, writes the Post-Standard.

NC State receiver Rashard Smith is finally getting a chance to show what he can do, writes Backing the Pack.

The Raleigh News & Observer takes a closer look at the freshmen who saw action in Duke's opener and wonders who might end up with a redshirt.

Florida State tailback James Wilder Jr. is day-to-day with a shoulder injury, writes the Miami Herald.

Add Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson to the growing group of coaches frustrated by the no-huddle offense, writes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Athlon offers its Week 2 predictions around the ACC -- and shockingly, there's not a lot of love for South Carolina State.