Scouting FSU's Opponents: Week 1

This is a weekly feature on in which we review the performances of each of FSU's upcoming opponents. I've also added two potential teams in Virginia Tech and UNC that are likely to make the ACC Championship Game. I will not do game charts for games against D1-AA opponents. All game charts are non-garbage time only.

-Charleston Southern lost by more than 60 points to UCF. This might be the worst team FSU has played in the last decade, if not more.

-Oklahoma crushed Tulsa and looked quite good doing so. Here is a film analysis, and a review of the offense and defense.

-The Clemson Tigers started slow, sloppy and soft then turned it on to beat Troy big. Read the comments to that link as there is an excellent discussion of weight training and toughness.

-The Wake Forest Demon Deacons looked a bit better in its first game than it did last year, but its QB got injured and some key mistakes cost them the game against Syracuse.

-The Duke Blue Devils lost to Richmond. I won't waste your time talking Duke. The Blue Devils do not have the defensive talent to hang with most D1 programs.

Maryland- See Miami

-The N.C. State Wolfpack were not impressive in their opener against D1-AA Liberty. 

-The Boston College Eagles dropped a sloppy game to the Northwestern. Brian @ BCI reflects on the loss and puts it in perspective:

Unfortunately the Eagles fourth quarter comeback was too little, too late and Spinney's false start penalty burned the precious few seconds BC needed to get in the end zone on the game's final possession.

As I said yesterday, I don't think that the season is lost. There are plenty of pieces in place to still have a good season and we are still 0-0 in the ACC. BC will have to pick themselves up off the mat and come ready to play next week in Orlando.

Personally, I think this loss will cost BC a bowl game. Next up: @ UCF. BC is a 6-point underdog.

-The Miami Hurricanes dropped their season opener tot he Maryland Terrapins, 32-24. Miami showed some really good things, but also some bad things. With all their players, Miami can be a dangerous team. But the defense last night was very bad and the loss of the defensive linemen clearly showed. Unfortunately for the U, this is the last year for a long while that Miami has a chance to be very good, as they lose 21 seniors and likely 2-4 more early to the NFL. And the sanctions, etc. Here are Al Golden's comments. Here is an excellent article from SI's Andy Staples. Nothing Maryland did should scare you as an FSU fan. Maryland has a very good QB and not much more. Here's the Maryland recap.

-The Virginia Cavaliers handled William and Mary 40-3.

-The Florida Gators had a nice opening of the Muschamp era, 41-3 over FAU. FAU is a very bad D1 team. Read about it here. It was not a sellout for the first time in over a decade. My stance on this team remains the same. If they stay healthy, they will be very good. If not, it could all crumble quickly. 

-The Virginia Tech Hokies easily dispatched Appalachian State. Gobbler Country:

Virginia Tech was able to coast through its season opener for the first time since the last time it opened with an FCS opponent, 2006 against Northeastern. Everything worked for the Hokies Saturday against Appalachian State. The offense moved the ball at will, the defense disrupted the Mountaineer offense and they even blocked a punt for a touchdown.

The Key Play go:

1-0. I cannot tell you how good that feels to write. Again, we're one-and-zero. That hasn't happened since 2008, but you don't need me to remind you of that. You were there for the losses, and you felt the pain and frustration. It's been a disappointing start to the last three years of Hokie football. But today, we got off on the right foot, finally. I'm ecstatic.

The North Carolina Tar Heels stomped the D1-AA team they played. Tar Heel Fan was highly pleased with the Heel offense:

On the offensive side QB Bryn Renner made his first ever start and he lived up the expectations. Renner set an ACC record for completion percentage going 22-23 for 277 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Renner looked comfortable running the offense to the point if you didn’t know if it was his first start, you never would have guessed. Renner has long been hyped as being very athletic and an extremely accurate passer. Both of those were on display today. Renner did make one mistake throwing an INT on a pass he probably should have thrown differently. Outside of that he was nearly flawless. While the FCS disclaimer is in play, the fact Renner did what he wanted out there is a great sign moving forward. The way UNC’s schedule unfolds, Renner will see the level of competition gradually increase which should continue to help him build his confidence.
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