Wednesday, November 11, 2009



*Has Georgia Tech reached its peak in the BCS standings? Sounds like it.

*On Sunday, NC State's trainer walked in and told Tom O'Brien that for the first time this season, he didn't have a season-ending injury to report. The Pack is looking to break that streak and start another.

*Maryland players are confident backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson can take over for injured starter Chris Turner. It's not confidence Robinson is lacking, it's experience.

*Clemson receiver Xavier Dye has proven he's capable of being a reliable option for the Tigers in recent weeks. It's a good thing he didn't quit.

*Virginia and BC have such limited history that it will be like preparing for a nonconference game this week. There are plenty of ties, though, on the coaching staffs.

*Virginia Tech will unveil its spiffy new Nike uniforms against Maryland on Saturday. But the game isn't televised. And it's in Byrd Stadium. Will anyone be there to see it?

*Making adjustments to injuries is nothing new for the Tar Heels.
NC State's secondary might be struggling on the field, but it hasn't exactly hurt the position in recruiting off it.

*FSU backup quarterback E.J. Manuel isn't the only one at Florida State who needs to pick it up.

*Miami receiver Thearon Collier never knew his father, who was killed before he was born, but it's made Collier and his mother even closer, and she's got plenty of reasons to be proud of him.

*If there is one program an eight-team playoff would help right now, writes the AJC's Mark Bradley, it's Georgia Tech.

*Boston College is well-rested -- and healthier -- after its bye week heading into the game at Virginia.

*Clemson is now ranked, and the Tigers are confident. That's thanks in large part to coach Dabo Swinney's ability to get them to believe.

*Miami has plenty of incentive heading into Saturday's game at North Carolina, starting with the fact the Canes have never won in Chapel Hill. Ever.

*Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech with a knee injury he suffered at NC State.

*The Terps aren't the only ones with quarterback woes. FSU now turns to E.J. Manuel at the expense of injured starter Christian Ponder.

*No Shaun Draughn (#20)? No problem.

*Might Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans make an appearance in the bowl game? Possible, not probable, but what a comeback he's made so far.

*NC State finally had a reason to celebrate. It's been so long they almost forgot how to do it.

*Virginia, on the other hand, didn't get the chance to celebrate -- again. The Cavaliers have now lost 10 of their past 13 games.

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