After this week, the ACC has a lot to answer for. Providing the aforementioned lot this week is cgb of Virginia Tech blog College Game Balls.
1. *Ding Dong* The pizza man is here, did your team deliver what you expected in their opener, why or why not?
Yes. Given that UNC’s expectations are high and Citadel is considered very very not good even by FCS standards, we about exactly met expectations. We didn’t disappoint and we didn’t wow. We learned that the Heels plan to rely heavily on the running game this season, and that the receivers are going to need some time to get in rhythm. It was satisfying, but there weren’t any tremendous revelations.
2. The ACC was downright pathetic in week one. Which display of ineptitude shocked you the most? Going forward is there hope for the conference?
I have two most shocking. The first is the NC State debacle. The Wolfpack are supposed to have, statistically speaking, the best quarterback in the entire conference. And yet his team couldn’t muster 100 yards of offense at home against a middling SEC team until the 4th quarter. That surprised me immensely.
The bigger shocker was Virginia’s top to bottom horrendous performance against William & Mary. Duke’s loss to Richmond was less shocking, if only slightly so, because the Spiders are the defending FCS champions and Duke is, well, Duke. Virginia didn’t just lose this game. They were an untalented, uncoordinated, lost team on the field for 60 minutes that an FCS team with two 7-win seasons in the last decade dominated from start to finish. That doesn’t happen without Chernobyl levels of bad football. Unless the Cavs turn this into a 7-5 season or better, Groh is toast.
3. After the show they put on Monday night, Atlantic bloggers is FSU the team to beat and what about Miami Coastalites?
Before this game I didn’t consider Miami to be a real threat. I believed that, despite all the talent the Canes had at their disposal, they were going to continue their inability to play to their talent level. The development of Jacory Harris has completely changed the ceiling this team has. I had Miami pegged as a solid fourth this preseason. After watching the offense finally click against Florida State, I am really looking forward to when they visit Chapel Hill on November 14th. Only the bottom two spots in the Coastal are secure (Virginia and Duke); anyone who tells you exactly how the top four will finish is lying.
4. You’ve been granted one curse, other than your opponent pick one team you would like to see lose in week 2.
Florida. Because it would be really, really funny to see them lose to Troy.