Munson's ACC preview - week No. 3

Don Munson is back with his weekly ACC preview for CUTigers.com.

Duke 1-1 at Kansas 2-0 (Kickoff 12 noon in Lawrence, Kan.)
For the third straight week the Blue Devils go out of conference and for the second straight week they are on the road. Last week red shirt freshman quarterback Sean Renfree came off the bench to ignite Duke to a 35-19 win over the Black Knights of Army. One now has to ask if there is a quarterback controversy brewing in Durham. Thaddeus Lewis has been thought of as one of the better QB's in the ACC so his struggles in the early going this season have been a surprise. Coach David Cutcliffe is sticking with his senior that is until his offense gets bogged down. The Jayhawks are a top twenty five team but it is not because of defense. If Duke wants to win this game they will have to do it in shoot out fashion. This is Duke, does anyone think that is going to happen? Final Score: Kansas 38 Duke 17

East Carolina 1-1 at North Carolina 2-0 (Kickoff 12 noon in Chapel Hill, N.C.)
In the game that was ordered by the state legislature, the Pirates and the Tar Heels will tangle for only the twelfth time. The last time these two met the Pirates prevailed 34-31. ECU is coming off an game in which they got lit up by West Virginia falling to the Mountaineers 34-20. The Tar Heels avoided an upset bid by UConn last week getting a safety on a holding call in the end zone leading to a 12-10 win. Both teams have struggled with the offensive end of things so far this year, but defensively both clubs will get after you. The Tar Heels defense on their home turf will be the difference. Final Score: North Carolina 17 East Carolina 14

Middle Tennessee 1-1 at Maryland 1-1 (Kickoff 3:30 PM in College Park, Md.)
These two clubs met in Murfreesboro last season and I think you all know the Blue Raiders prevailed 24-14. Rick Stockstill's club responded from their opening week loss to Clemson by downing Memphis 31-14. Maryland also loss their first game of the season getting blown out by California in Berkeley. How did they respond? By winning in overtime over I-AA James Madison 38-35. The Terps young defense is horrendous and Middle Tennessee will spread them out and make them look bad. Final Score: Middle Tennessee 29 Maryland 20

Nebraska 2-0 at Virginia Tech 1-1 (Kickoff 3:30 PM in Blacksburg, Va.)
The Cornhuskers under Bo Pelini are making a comeback to the national scene. Clemson fan witness that first hand in Gator Bowl last season. The Cornhuskers have racked up on average 43.5 points per game this season while limiting opponents to six points per game. Frank Beamer's squad blew out Marshall last week 52-10 in front of the home folks and seemed to have fixed their offensive woes they suffered against Alabama in their opener. Last season the Hokies went to Lincoln, Nebraska and won 35-30. This season the Huskers return the favor. Final Score: Nebraska 24 Virginia Tech 16

Virginia 0-2 at Southern Mississippi 1-0 (Kickoff 3:30 PM in Hattiesburg, Miss.)
This is the first meeting ever between these two schools and it will be the last meeting, at least with Al Groh as head coach of the Cavaliers. Final Score: Southern Miss 28 Virginia 10

Gardner Webb 2-0 at N.C. State 1-1 (6 PM Kickoff in Raleigh, N.C.)
N.C. State rolled Murray State last week 65-7 in Raleigh and quite honestly if they don't do something along the same line to Gardner Webb something is wrong. Final Score: N.C. State 49 Gardner Webb 14

Elon 2-0 at Wake Forest 1-1 (6:30 PM Kickoff in Winston-Salem, N.C.)
I will admit Wake surprised me a little bit with their win over Stanford last week. I really believe this a team right now looking for good things to happen. They got it last week with their last second victory. The Deacons have won 10 of the last 11 games against teams inside the state of North Carolina. Do not over look Elon. They have a quarterback in Scott Riddle that has thrown for more than 300 yards in 13 games. The Phoenix will throw the ball all over the place against the Deacons. Wake wins but in a close one. Final Score: Wake Forest 27 Elon 24

Florida State 1-1 at BYU 2-0 (7 PM Kickoff in Provo, Utah)
Bobby Bowden avoided the biggest loss of his coaching career last week when his Seminoles squeaked out a 19-9 win over Jacksonville State. The Noles did not look that good in their opener against Miami especially on the defensive side of the ball. All BYU has done this year is knock off Oklahoma 14-13 and crush Tulane 54-3. Bronco Mendenhall has got a club that when it is all said and done this season could be in the hunt for a national championship. You can't say the same thing about FSU. Lay the points and bet the house on this one. Final Score: BYU 42 FSU 24

Boston College 2-0 at Clemson 1-1 (12 noon Kickoff in Clemson, S.C.)
There are a lot of positive feelings for the Tigers coming off their 30-27 loss to Georgia Tech and their are a lot of unknowns about BC with wins over Northeastern and Kent State. Simply put, Frank Spaziani was able to win a couple of games big and did not have to show much in doing so. The Eagles will come into Death Valley with a two-headed attack at quarterback and even though they won't do much to wow you, but they will come right at you and see just how tough you are in the trenches. Tiger fans feel very good about the defensive front, but are very concerned with the offensive front, especially at right tackle. Landon Walker come on down, you are the next contestant! Walker played a ton of snaps last year at right tackle, but seemed to be content with where is was coming into spring and fall ball. That allowed others to move past him, now he is being asked to be the man. The Tigers have always been able to break off big plays against the Eagles and they have done it by getting their play makers in space. Both C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford have shown what they can do for the Tigers this season, but more importantly Kyle Parker has shown what he can do at quarterback. He is still going through growing pains, but they are not sharp pains. Defensively Clemson gets to line up against a normal offensive attack. I have a feeling is going to be a black and blue game in which Tiger nation sees the physicalness of their ball club. Final Score: Clemson 24 Boston College 17

LAST WEEK: 7-3
SEASON: 14-6

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