One of my favorite things about TN is how we keep you informed not only on Florida State, but also on FSU's opponents. I truly think our readers are head and shoulders above other 'Nole fans in terms of knowledge of FSU's opponents.
Let's start in Chestnut Hill where Brian and Jeff are not happy about BC's defensive line situation. It appears that Damik Scafe, the 6'3" 295 lb defensive tackle who started 10 games for the Eagles last season has not reported for camp and is still recovering from back surgery. I don't know if he is likely to make it back soon, make it back in time for the FSU game on October 16th, or if he will make it back at all. I am also curious as to whether he will be at full strength if he is able to play. I doubt we see answers to those questions anytime soon. Also Junior Kaleb Ramsey, who was probably not going to be a starter but who would be the #3 or #4 defensive tackle has apparently quit the team. Ramsey was vocal on facebook about his desires to leave BC and not play football any longer. This is a situation to monitor going forward. Of course, BC has played 3-man fronts before and been very effective doing so. If both are out I would not be surprised to see more of that from the Eagles.
Next in Winston-Salem North Carolina we check in on Wake Forest. The Deacons lost a lot from last season, but they've always had tremendous player development. Wake has been watching clips of West Virginia under Pat White (spread option). The Deacons have always preferred to have the very mobile quarterback and they will have that this year, no matter who wins the job. The questions are on the offensive line, particularly at tackle, and on the defensive interior. Lots of links there.
In Clemson, ShakinTheSouthland has their initial thoughts after fall camp. Not only is this the top Clemson site on the net, but it is one of the best football sites you'll find anywhere, regardless of team affiliation. They are optimistic about the team it seems, particularly that some of their offensive linemen have slimmed down a big. And they have a good laugh at the coaches praising a few kids who have no shot to play this season.
Quickly, NC State lost a walk-on defensive back who had an outside shot at some playing time. Maryland starts practice tomorrow. Here is a look at Maryland's offensive line (potentially decent, but also potential to be quite bad). And here are 5 position battles to watch for the terms. Virginia Tech will be without its new starting left tackle for at least two weeks, and is unlikely to have its middle linebacker against Boise State. Boise is now favored over Va Tech even though the game is in VT's backyard. And this is a nice look at 3 positions of depth for the ACC.