Friday, September 9, 2011

T.A.H. Preview: FSU A 53.5 Favorite


THE GAME: No. 5 FLORIDA STATE vs. Charleston Southern, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

SERIES RECORD:  0-0

WHAT'S AT STAKE:  A $400,000 payday for visiting Charleston Southern which visits the nation's fifth-ranked team a week after losing 62-0 at Central Florida. The Buccaneers, who were 3-8 a year ago, are a smaller division FCS (1AA) school that plays in the Big South Conference. Florida State can't prove much in this mismatch coming a week before top-ranked Oklahoma of the Big 12* visits.

KEY MATCHUP: (Really…there’s a key matchup?) The Noles running game vs. Charleston Southern's defense. FSU managed only 92 yards and 3.3 yards per carry in last week's win over Louisiana-Monroe, and Charleston Southern's defense gave up eight rushing TDs in their 62 to zip loss at UCF.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: All of them…just kidding.  FSU: Young receivers Scooter Haggins, Greg Dent, Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw and Nick O'Leary all had catches in the opener when the Seminoles were without Willie Haulstead, who could be back Saturday after missing the opener with a concussion.

Charleston Southern: Defensive backs Chris Kudzale and Demaris Freeman were busy last week against UCF. Freeman had seven tackles and Kudzale seven to lead the Buccaneer's defense.

FACTS & FIGURES:  The Seminoles are 14-0 against FCS schools. Charleston Southern began playing football in 1991 and is 0-9 against FBS schools.

T.A.H. PICK: Florida State, but will they cover?

*Big 11.

Saturday ACC Football

Saturday, Sept 10
Rutgers (Scarlet Knights, 56,686 students, New Brunswick, NJ) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-8) , Chapel Hill, 12:30 PM,  ACC Network Affiliates

VIRGINIA TECH (-19.5) @ East Carolina (Pirates, 27,816 students, Greenville, NC) , Greenville, 3:30 PM, FSN Affiliates

N.C. STATE (-1) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, 3:30 PM, RSN Affiliates

Stanford (Cardinal, 15,3198 students, Stanford, CA) (-17.5) @ DUKE, Durham, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU

Wofford (Terriers, 1,525 students, Spartanburg, SC) @ CLEMSON (-25.5), Clemson, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN3

Charleston Southern (Buccaneers, 3,000 students, North Charleston, SC) @ FLORIDA STATE (-53.5),  Tallahassee, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

GEORGIA TECH (-10.5) @ Middle Tennessee State (Blue Raiders, 24,600 students, Murfreesboro, TN) , Murfreesboro, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

VIRGINIA (-7), @ Indiana (Hoosiers, 88,067 students, Bloomington, IN), Bloomington, 7:00 PM, Big Ten Network

BOSTON COLLEGE @ UCF (-6.5) (Knights, 56,337 students, Orlando, FL),  Orlando, 8:00 PM, TV: CBSSN

*Point spreads for educational purposes only

Dinich’s ESPN Lunchtime ACC Links


SAMMY WATKINS (Sefton Ipock/OrangeAndWhite.com)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

You hear the one about the Maryland uniforms? ...

Great read: Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins ran out of a troubled neighborhood and into Clemson's record books.

Well, this is news. Miami coach Al Golden said Jacory Harris won the starting job in training camp.

Ever heard of a "Wahoosier?" Meet the family of Virginia tight end Colter Phillips, whose brother plays for IU.

David Glenn caught up with UNC coach Everett Withers about his coaching debut, and spoke with NC State coach Tom O'Brien about ... Maryland's new uniforms?

Want to play football at Georgia Tech AND graduate? Hop on the M-train.

Boston College has tweaked its offensive line for the game at Central Florida.

UNC tackle Brennan Williams has given the Tar Heels an extra punch up front.

COLTER PHILLIPS (Cavalier Insider)
Some more predictions for you on this weekend's games. Looks like I'm not the only one doubting BC this weekend.

FSU sophomore receiver Greg Dent is playing wiser than his age.

Wake Forest linebacker Scott Detros likes to hunt. Going after quarterbacks isn't too bad, either.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has turned up the heat on his players this week.

Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley could add to the Hokies' streak of interceptions this weekend against ECU.

Pictures Of The Day

Pro football is back and the last two Super Bowl champs put on quite a show.  It was a high scoring affair that came down to a goal line stand on the final play.  Members of the Green Bay Packer defense stop the New Orleans Saints short of the goal on the final play of the game during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
A golf ball with the American flag stamped onto it during the final day of practice as a preview of the 2011 Walker Cup held on the Balgownie Links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club on September 9, 2011 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button arrives in the pits at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit on September 9, 2011 in Monza during the first practice session of the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. (Photo by DimitarDilkoff/AFP PHOTO)
Mourners place flowers and candles at the "Arena 2000" on September 8, 2011 in Yaroslavl, Russia. Ice hockey fans all over the world are mourning after most of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team were killed in a plane crash in Russia. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images Europe)
Nicole Buechler from Switzerland, competes in the women’s pole vault during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League meet at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich. (Photo by Alessandro Della Bella/EPA/Landov)
John Kuhn of the Green Bay Packers spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cartoon Of The Day


Media Calls Out Under Armour For Plagiarizing Roller Derby?

Eech, ooch, ouch!

Admid all the gum flapping and cyberspace chatter about Maryland’s new unis from Monday night, the blog Sports Grid points out that the design isn’t exactly “new.”  They say:

Not so fast. It turns out Maryland’s state-flag-themed helmets – really, the most striking aspect of a very striking ensemble – bear a striking resemblance to another Maryland-state-flag-themed helmet design. Who uses these other helmets? Why, none other than the Charm City Roller Girls roller derby team. Think we’re overstating the similarity?   

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Now apparently, Rosie on the bottom right is a bad ass so she went renegade with the all powerful “primer grey” helmet.  Two other of her teammates apparently also didn’t get the memo or the Roller Girls ran out of decals and spray paint…

Anybody know if Kevin Plank is a roller derby guy?

The Baltimore Sun also had some thoughts on this subject.


Maryland Pride Video (With and Without Earthquake)



Before the season opener against Miami on Monday night, the Terps aired a promotional "Maryland Pride" video to fire up the home crowd and to display the Under Armour logo as many times as possible. The original included the Ravens' Torrey Smith—but not the part where he bolted for safer ground when the earthquake hit.

Of course, the folks at Deadspin amended that for you.  To see their version click here

Beamer Not Going Anywhere


BEAMER PRIOR TO THE APP STATE GAME.
Just one day after renewing his coaching contract through 2016, Virginia Tech made it clear that head coach Frank Beamer’s career in Blacksburg will continue beyond his days on the sidelines: A new contract extension calls for Beamer to serve as a special assistant to the athletic director for eight years after retiring as coach, at an annual salary of $250,000. His duties will involve fundraising and public appearances.

Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Beamer both emphasized that Beamer might coach beyond the length of this extension, which runs through 2016. Weaver referenced 84-year-old Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, and indicated the special assistant role was only for “when Frank is ready to stop coaching.”

“What I think is important for both sides is that it’s not awkward at the end, whenever the end is. I don’t plan it being any time soon,” said Beamer, who will be 70 years old in 2016.

“I think I’ll know exactly when is the right time to finish up coaching at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said. “I think so much of this place. It’s been so good to me, and when the right time is, I think I’ll know.”

Beamer’s current seven-year contract runs through the 2012 season, and the extension will begin on Jan. 1, 2013. It calls for Beamer to earn a base salary of about $285,000, a figure that will increase by five percent every season. There’s also a yearly retention incentive of $2,020,672 that will increase by $100,000 following the conclusion of each year of the contract.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
That puts Beamer’s guaranteed income at just more than $2.3 million for 2013, not including postseason bonuses and various other incentives tied to the athletic department’s contract with Nike. In comparison, Beamer will make about $2.093 million in guaranteed income for 2011.

Weaver said the extension also includes a stipulation that either side can terminate the contract after Jan. 1, 2013, as long as there are 10 days of notification provided. If that were to happen, Beamer’s eight-year agreement to move into a special assistant role would begin almost immediately.

“We wanted to do something that’s right for the university, right for Frank and a way to say thank you for a terrific career,” Weaver said. “We know when we have a good thing going on, and we’re not about to do anything to dismantle it.”

Miami’s Harris To Start Sept 17 Against Ohio State


GOLDEN (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Al Golden’s debut season at Miami never looked to easy.  The Canes open with a conference foe who has a knack for beating them and follow it up with perennial power Ohio State and the *Big 12’s Kansas State.  Then came the Nevin Shapiro scandal and a host of suspensions…

One of the suspended players was quarterback Jacory Harris and a QB controversy was stirring in South Florida but Golden ended the drama on Wedensday.   Harris will start when the Hurricanes play No. 15 Ohio State on Sept. 17.

While no big surprise, the timing was odd as Golden had said the day prior that a competition between Harris and Stephen Morris for the first-string job would continue through at least the weekend.
“We’ll allow those guys to compete here Thursday, Friday, Saturday, then figure it out,” Golden said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, that plan was scrapped.

The decision was announced by email shortly after noon. Golden did not reveal why his timetable for choosing a quarterback changed so abruptly, and university officials said players are not available for comment until Friday.

Morris was the starter in Miami’s 32-24 loss at Maryland on Monday night, and Golden had some sharp words when assessing his performance.  Harris sat out Monday’s loss to the Terps.

*Big 11

Quote Of The Day


GROBE (AP Photo)
“I think basically if you can win, that’s the key. It’s good to have exposure, but it’s not good to have exposure and lose a football game.”

– Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe on the value of Thursday/Friday night nationally televised games.

To read more about what ACC coaches think about the wandering 2011-12 football schedule, click here

Two Suspended For Florida State’s Game Against…Who?


GREG REID (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Word came out after what was considered "one of the best practices of the year," by head coach Jimbo Fisher that both Greg Reid and Telvin Smith were suspended for Saturday's game against Charleston Southern for violating team rules.

Wow, how convenient, the Noles have a “suspension game” this weekend so they can have all hands on deck the following week against  #1 Oklahoma of the shrinking *Big 12.

Reid is the No.1 defensive back and return specialist, while Smith is a backup middle linebacker.
To response from the football rabid Seminole Nation was a collective yawn.

The Noles are favored by -72…just kidding, at the moment there is no line.

*Big 11

ACC Remains Prominent In NFL


TED LARSEN, N.C. STATE '10
BY J.P. GIGLIO/ACC NOW

You don't have to look far to find ACC talent in the NFL.

Every team in the league has at least three players from ACC schools, and the conference has a total of 249 players in the league as the season begins tonight in Green Bay.

Despite a recent downturn on the field, Miami leads the ACC in NFL players with 44. For the first time since expansion, Maryland is second with 28, edging Florida State, which is down to 25 from an ACC-best 46 in 2006, and North Carolina (24).

The total of 249 is a six-year low for the league, down five from last year's opening-day total and 22 from the high-water mark of 271 in 2008.

To read the rest of the article at the Raleigh News & Observer, click here

Things That Make You Go…


…Hmmm.

…and Holy S***!
 (21-foot saltwater crocodile captured in the Philippines after it was suspected of eating several locals. Reuters Photo)

Dinich’s Wednesday Lunchtime Links


STANFORD'S OFFENSE. (Jed Jacobsohn/Sports Illustrated)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

To see her predictions for Week 2, click here.

If you think Clemson's defense will have a challenge, imagine what Duke is thinking.

Maryland's new look has drawn the Terps' national attention, but will their record?

Good news for the Deacs: Quarterback Tanner Price is expected to play against NC State.

Here's a closer look at Indiana, Virginia's next opponent.

Clemson's defense is trying to prepare for yet another different offensive style.

UNC's defense should get a big boost from the return of cornerback Charles Brown.

Guess who leads the nation in passing efficiency? No, really, guess ...

Just when BC quarterback Chase Rettig was starting to feel comfortable, one of his top receivers suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Pictures Of The Day

Johnathan Coleman of Boston College can’t hold on while being covered by a Northwestern defender last weekend in Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hills.  (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
New Palestine’s Jackson Taylor applies a helmet-popping hit to Pendleton Height’s Jacob Lyons in an Indiana high school game.  (Photo by Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Players of  Price Waterhouse Cooper All Blacks and Mercedes Benz Thailand “fight” for the ball during their match in the 10th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand.  (Photo by Damir Sagoli/Reuters)
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers reacts after Shelley Duncan(notes) #47 of the Cleveland Indians hit his second homerun of the game during the fourth inning of their game on September 7, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  Verlander left with the Tigers trailing, but Victor Martinez's grand slam in the seventh gave him his 22nd win of the season as the Tigers won 8-6. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Taniela Moa of Tonga looks on during the Tonga IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Captain's Run at Eden Park on September 8, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Noles, Hokies Advance In Polls


Both Florida State and Virginia Tech  up a few notches in this week's Associated Press Top 25. Florida State checked in at No. 5 (up one spot), and Virginia Tech moved from No. 13 to No. 11.

Maryland, N.C.  State, Clemson and Georgia Tech all received votes.  Check out the throw at the 45 second mark.

Terrell Leaving Wake Forest After DWI

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Guard J.T. Terrell is withdrawing from Wake Forest and leaving the basketball team after he was charged with driving while impaired.

Terrell’s attorney, Mike Grace, said in a statement issued Monday through the school that Terrell was arrested by Winston-Salem Police at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Grace says the circumstances of the arrest and other signs indicate that Terrell “suffers from a serious medical condition which requires immediate attention.”

In the statement, Terrell apologized and said he will spend the next few months rebuilding his life and hopes to play college basketball again. Coach Jeff Bzdelik says Terrell is “at an important crossroads” and wishes him well.

Terrell started 18 of 32 games as a freshman last season and averaged 11 points.

ACC Football Players Of The Week

O'BRIEN (Tony L. Sandys/Washington Post)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, So., 6-3, 215, Kernersville, N.C. Danny O'Brien led Maryland to a 32-24 win over Miami by going 31 of 44 for 348 yards and a touchdown, as well as running for 37 yards. It was the third 300-yard passing game of the sophomore's career. His 385 total yards were the third most in the FBS in the opening weekend.

OFFENSIVE RECEIVER - Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, WR, Jr., 6-5, 206, Lithonia, Ga. Stephen Hill recorded a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions in Georgia Tech's 63-21 win over Western Carolina last Thursday, averaging 45.3 yards per catch. Hill became the first Yellow Jacket to catch two touchdown passes in a game since 2007 as Georgia Tech racked up 365 yards passing - the most in the Paul Johnson era.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Anthony Mihota, Virginia, C, Sr., 6-4, 285, Fredericksburg, Va. Mihota had a total of 16 knockdown blocks on 67 plays helping UVa roll up 240 rushing yards and 256 passing yards in a 40-3 win over William & Mary.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brian Slay, NC State, DT, Jr., 6-3, 290, Ashburn, Va. A junior defensive tackle from Ashburn, Va., Slay played 45 snaps in only his second career start, and recorded six total tackles (four primary) and two sacks for losses of seven yards. Slay also caused a fumble and recovered two, taking one 52 yards for a touchdown, the fourth-longest fumble return in school history and the longest in 16 years.

T.J. GRAHAM (Ethan Hyman/News & Observer)
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, Jr., 6-2, 285, Rexford, N.Y.  Vellano recovered two fumbles, the first of which led to a field goal and the second of which he scooped up and ran in 30 yards for a touchdown. The return for a TD came with 0:47 left in the second quarter, giving Maryland a 20-14 lead and the momentum heading into halftime.

LINEBACKER - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Jr., 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, OH Junior LB Luke Kuechly recorded 19 tackles in Boston College's 24-17 loss to Northwestern. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has now tallied 10 or more tackles in 23 consecutive games which is the longest active streak of double-digit tackles in the country. Kuechly also recorded his fifth career interception with just over nine minutes to play in the first half and returned it 23 yards to the Northwestern two yard line. BC scored its first touchdown of the season two plays later.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Cameron Chism, Maryland, CB, Sr., 5-10, 190, Washington, D.C. Chism intercepted Miami QB Stephen Morris on fourth-and-three and returning it 54 yards for a TD with under a minute to play. The score increased Maryland's lead from a single point to 32-24. Chism also had a hand in another defensive score when he forced a fumble that Joe Vellano scooped up and ran in 30 yards for a TD just before halftime.

KEVIN PARKS (VirginiaSports.com)
SPECIALIST - T.J. Graham, NC State, WR, Sr., 6-0, 180, Raleigh, N.C. Graham, a senior wide receiver and kick returner from Raleigh, returned three punts for 88 yards against the Flames, including a game-changing 82-yard return for a touchdown. That return was the 11th longest in school history and his second career punt return for a TD. Graham also returned four kickoffs for 99 yards. For the game, Graham had 88 yards on punt returns, 99 yards on kick returns, and a reception for seven yards, giving him 194 all-purpose yards.

ROOKIE - Kevin Parks, Virginia, RB, Fr., 5-8, 195, Salisbury, N.C. Parks enjoyed one of the best debuts by a running back in UVa history. The Salisbury, N.C. native rushed for 114 yards on 16 carries (7.1 average), and scored three TDs (19, 1, 26), the most rushing TDs by a Cavalier in the program's history. It marked just the sixth time a UVa player has scored three TDs in season-opening game.

Dinich’s Lunchtime Links


EDSALL (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

There's plenty of news out there, starting with the first conference win of the season ...

Maryland coach Randy Edsall's problems pale in comparison to what Miami coach Al Golden is going through.

The Terps' uniforms weren't the only thing new in College Park on Monday night.

What did the ACC commish have to say about Miami's ongoing NCAA investigation?

The decision of UNC interim coach Everett Withers to give fired coach Butch Davis a game ball was a bad idea.

BC got some bad news Monday after it learned that receiver Ifeanyi Momah will miss the rest of the season.

Virginia rookie cornerback Demetrious Nicholson knows opposing offenses are going to be throwing his way to "pick on the kid" this year.

BADOUR AND WITHERS (Gerry Broom/AP Photo)
UNC will lose its starting fullback for the season.

David Wilson broke 15 tackles on his 16 carries on Saturday. Wow.

Hokies' kickoff man Justin Myer has the best leg on the team.

Georgia Tech defensive end Izaan Cross shares his thoughts on the D-line.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris doesn't want to sound negative, but he was "ticked off" on Saturday.

Gio Bernard is inspired by his late mother, whom he called his "lead blocker."

Duke is moving on after its loss to Richmond. Or at least trying to.

Florida State insists it is not looking ahead to Oklahoma.

Pictures Of The Day

Wahoo wah!  The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate with their fans after last weekend’s victory over William & Mary at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.  (Photo by Matt Riley/UVA Media Relations)
Tropical Storm Lee has the U.S. Open on hold at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.  (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


He’s back.  Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitches to Dee Gordon(notes) #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park on September 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. Strasburg pitched five scoreless innings in his return.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Things That Make You Go…

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Hmmm…

Or YECH!

So Maryland, following the trend this year, has new unis.  Like, Oregon, the Terps have turned to an alum for the new look.  Under Armour’s  designers were obvious inspired by the Free State’s flag.

Somehow, they managed to take one of the coolest flags in the good old U.S. of A. and turn it into the most hideous football uni to date.

Nice, Maryland, NICE!
UNI WATCH was not amused. To read more, click here. 



Doug Gottlieb of ESPN noted that Georgia looked like Power Rangers in their new unis.  Boise State's were no better, but the Broncos' old  uniforms weren't great either. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Pirates are sporting a cool new helmet logo...(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Florida didn't really unveil a new uniform, but they did break out the rarely used orange jerseys. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Oregon is Phil Knight's Nike guinea pig.  They try every new thing every year.  These unis are new and not necessarily an upgrade...(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
San Jose State got brand new unis, and unlike Maryland, they hit the mark. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

MARYLAND 32, MIAMI 24


Miami’s depleted defense couldn’t stop the Terps, but Maryland stopped themselves often enough to keep this game interesting right up to the end.

Nick Ferrara kicked a 32-yard field goal to put Maryland ahead 26-24 with 1:39 left, Danny O'Brien threw for 348 yards and a touchdown, and defensive back Cameron Chism played a part in two touchdowns as new Terp's coach Randy Edsall debuted with a win.

Miami was playing its initial game under Al Golden without eight suspended players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and defensive linemen Marcus Forston and Adewale Ojomo.

Stephen Morris capably filled in for Harris, going 19 for 28 for 195 yards and running for a touchdown. But on a fourth-and-4 in the final minute, the sophomore threw an interception that Chism took 54 yards to put the game out of reach with 39 seconds remaining.

Maryland amassed 311 yards and 19 first downs in the first half alone and finished with 499 yards, including 92 yards on 21 carries by Davin Meggett.

But Maryland couldn't put the finish on several impressive drives. The Terrapins got to the Miami 11 or closer on six occasions, yet they scored only one touchdown and twice came away with nothing.

To read more, click here

Tweets Of The Night


(Gene Sweeney, Jr./Baltimore Sun)
"OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #ewwwwww!" -- Heat forward LeBron James

"For the uniforms alone, Maryland should be charged with lack of institutional control..." --Eric Stangel, head writer for the Late Show with David Letterman

"Maryland's uniforms are confusing at best!" -- Steelers safety, and former Redskin, Ryan Clark

"Anyone on Maryland have "HE HATE ME" on the back if their jersey?" -- NFL free agent safety Gerald Alexander

Pictures Of The Day

A Boston College Eagles fans watches the game in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Northwestern defeated Boston College 24-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Andre Williams #44 of the Boston College Eagles tries turnover recover the ball after quarterback Chase Rettig was hit by Tyler Scott of the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Duke running back Desmond Scott (33) looks to score the first Duke touchdown of the season in the second quarter.  (Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)  
Game over. Wide receiver Tommy Streeter #8 of the Miami Hurricanes looks on as defender Cameron Chism #22 of the Maryland Terrapins returns an interception for a touchdown during the second half at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Maryland won 32-24. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
UNC's Dwight Jones (83) gets past James Madison's Dean Marlowe (16) to score on a pass completion from quarterback Bryn Renner giving the Tar Heels' a 7-0 lead over James Madison in the first quarter on Saturday September 3, 2011 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.  (Photo by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State's Tom O'Brien runs out onto the field with the team before the game. (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Rameses the UNC mascot sports a pair of sunglasses as he grazes on the Kenan Stadium turf in the third quarter of the Tar Heels's season opener against James Madison on Saturday September 3, 2011 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

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