The first weekend of college football is over, and what a week it was. Last week I said that the ACC had three marquis games to keep your eyes on. The first was on Friday night between North Carolina State and Tennessee. The game was a disappointment for the Wolf Pack, but they will bounce back. The other two games turned out to be spectacular.
The Saturday night game between Auburn and Clemson was an exciting one to watch. Clemson was able to win 26-19 on the strength of running back Andre Ellington’s 231 rushing yards. This weekend ended on Labor Day with an overtime thriller in Blacksburg. The game between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech wasn’t that thrilling in the second and third quarters, but if you watched the fourth and OT you caught a show. Combined the two teams scored 23 points (10 of those came in the final minute of regulation) during those two periods. The Hokies were able to avoid the upset and won in OT 20-17.
Now it is time to announce the ACC’s game(s) of the week for week 2.
Penn State vs. Virginia, Saturday 12:00 PM ET, ABC
The Cavaliers are heavy favorites in this one. The game might not be particularly entertaining but there are plenty of storylines to follow in this one. This is the first road game for Penn State this year, and it will be interesting to see how the Nittany Lions will be treated by the Cavs fans. We will also see how Bill O’Brien’s team responds to any negativity following their loss to Ohio last week.
Miami vs. # 21 Kansas State, Saturday 12:00 PM ET, FX
This game was a thriller last season in Coral Gables. Quarterback Jacory Harris and the Hurricanes came up just short against the Wildcats in 2011. Kansas State won that game 28-24 and Miami is seeking revenge in Manhattan, Kansas. Harris is now gone and Stephen Morris has replaced him. Miami looked good against Boston College in week 1. In the game freshman running back Duke Johnson started to establish himself as a star. In the game Johnson ran the ball seven times for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Hurricanes will need similar production from Johnson in this one if they are going to win.