The ACC was on center stage last night as Georgia Tech nearly upset Virginia Tech, and the announcement that Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins will miss the year with a foot injury.
What is a Lisfranc injury? It’s what FSU DE Brandon Jenkins has – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel Harvey covered this subject when he was the GT beat guy, so go read it!
Bjoern Werner: Yes, it was unfair to force Murray State to attempt to move the ball on Florida State's defense. Yes, it is probably silly to credit any one Seminole defender for what was team-wide dominance (70 plays, 156 yards, three takeaways, three points allowed). But it is impossible to ignore Werner's stat line: five tackles, all solo, all behind the line of scrimmage. He logged four sacks and broke up a pass to boot. That makes the list no matter the opponent.
Obviously things didn't go as most us would have liked despite the 20-17 win that the Deacs pulled out. Last week I made a checklist to go over when the game was finished to give the fans a better look at what to expect for Wake Forest throughout the season.
Perhaps I overlooked the Flames a little bit, but I doubt goals from both the players and the fans were not met against an FCS caliber opponent like Liberty.
Clemson/Auburn Sunday Thoughts - Shakin The Southland
Good read. Minimal cursing.
Virginia Tech is now a heavy favorite to make its sixth ACC title game appearance in eight years. But last night proved that while the Hokies' defense should be fast and effective, the Hokies are flawed enough that they shouldn't be expected to go undefeated in conference. If Georgia Tech can win home games versus Virginia and Miami, and if Virginia can overcome a rebuilt defense and win imminently winnable conference home games (Miami, Wake Forest, Miami, North Carolina), this should remain an interesting division race well into November.
Gut Reactions to Georgia Tech | The Key Play Very good breakdown here.
The Key Drive: Clemson 26, Auburn 19 - Football Study Hall Very cool breakdown.
N.C. State announced Monday that senior cornerback C.J. Wilson, a three-year starter with three career interceptions returned for touchdowns, has been suspended by the NCAA for the first four games of the season on academic grounds, apparently making him the first confirmed casualty of the so-called "Nine-Hour Rule" in effect this year. In fact, Wilson graduated last December, but subsequently failed to pass enough credit hours in the spring to remain eligible under the new standards. According to coach Tom O'Brien, it was only Wilson's extra work over the summer that kept him being from suspended for the entire season.
"He put himself in a hole and had some family issues and thought he could save himself and he didn't," O'Brien said. "The NCAA said we'll give you four games instead of a year suspension because of the fact that he was a graduate ... and he had extenuating circumstances during the semester. He came back and demonstrated to them that he would be serious going forward." [Raleigh News & Observer]
This is big, but he will be back for the Florida State game. NCSU's pass D will not be as bad in the FSU game as it will have looked in the first four.
Randy Edsall didn’t stray from plan to stay with Perry Hills - Washington Times
Freshman quarterback Perry Hills had three interceptions and no points to show after three quarters of his Maryland debut Saturday.
Overall, the Big Ten went 10-2 in Week One. Sounds good, although if anything, the league probably lost even more footing from a perception standpoint. One of its glamour programs, Michigan, got thrashed on the biggest stage of the opening weekend; Penn State was knocked off by a MAC school; Wisconsin had its hands full with Northern Iowa; Iowa barely survived against NIU and Minnesota struggled mightily with a UNLV program that was 4-21 the past two seasons.
2. Tonight, it was Michigan's turn to be bludgeoned, in a fashion that the numbers don't quite capture: By any measure, 268 total yards with 14 points and three turnovers is a bad night, especially for a veteran offense with a quarterback as dynamic as Denard Robinson, but that line does more to obscure the Wolverines' overmatched hopelessness than reflect it. In the first place, 40 percent of those yards and 100 percent of the points came courtesy of two long completions after Alabama had raced out to an insurmountable, 31-0 lead in the second quarter. Before Michigan finally got on the board, its first six offensive possessions of the night had produced 24 yards, four punts and two turnovers, and comeback hopes were no longer sanctioned even within the most permissive realms of possibility. Aside from the two scoring "drives" as a result of big plays, only one of Michigan's other ten chances with the ball managed to cross the 50-yard line – and that one only barely, limping to the 'Bama 46 before fizzling in a turnover on downs.
All of which should sound terrifyingly familiar to the rest of the SEC. Only one conference opponent in 2011 (Arkansas) managed to score more than one touchdown against the Crimson Tide defense, and other than LSU in its regular season win in Tuscaloosa in November, no one came within 20 points on the scoreboard. Altogether, as ragged and overwhelmed as they looked, the Wolverines gained more yards and scored as many points against Alabama's defense tonight as any SEC offense in 2011. This is not an "SEC vs. Big Ten" thing. This is Alabama kicking ass across the board.
1. The final score says this one was close, and considering Boise State actually led well into the fourth quarter, I guess there's no denying it. But make no mistake: For now, at least, these Broncos are not the same Broncos that amassed the best record in college football over the last four years.
Which is just about what everyone expected, considering that the starting lineup tonight was literally a different set of players, in place of 17 departed seniors who helped put the program on the map. Only of them was Kellen Moore; the rest included Boise's leading rusher, leading receiver, four starting offensive linemen, nine of the top ten tacklers on defense and all eight players selected to last year's All-Mountain West team. Thriving opportunistic streak notwithstanding, this looked like a team in search of all those guys, all at once. Michigan State held the ball for 19 minutes more than the Broncos, outgaining them by a whopping 255 yards of total offense; Boise's output for the night, 206 yards, was the worst in Chris Petersen's tenure as head coach by a wide margin. In the trenches, a typical strength for Petersen's teams, this one was pummeled for 213 yards rushing by MSU, to just 37 yards of its own. Moore's successor, Joe Southwick, completed fewer than half of his passes, and capped the Broncos' only sustained drive of the night with an interception into traffic.
If not for a 43-yard interception return by safety Jeremy Ioane in the second quarter, Boise would not have reached the end zone, and the outcome likely never would have been in doubt. In general, the overhauled defense bent but never broke until the very end, first on a 9-play, 56-yard Spartan march for the go-ahead touchdown, then on a 13-play, 52-yard drive that drained the final 6:32 from the clock. Usually, the Bronco offense would have found a way to put the game away by then. This edition did not come close in the second half. The question now is, what is "usual" going to mean for the latter from here on out?