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ACC Football: Elvis, a Future Prez, and Ailin' Deacs

Of the many things said about ACC football this season -- and we've said some ourselves and will likely say more in the near future -- this is one of the more original from The State: ACC football schools set to Elvis tunes. Now I've never been much of an Elvis fan (he ain't no Johnny Cash), but any combination of music and college football is OK with me.

Here are some highlights (or, at least, the schools we cover):

Maryland ... “Flip, Flop and Fly.” — What to make of Maryland? The Terps are the only team in the country that have flipped three Top 25 teams, although California was No. 23, Clemson No. 20 and Wake Forest No. 21. Unfortunately for Maryland, it also flopped in a loss to Middle Tennessee and a shutout defeat against Virginia. Go figure.

Virginia ... “A Mess of Blues” — Consecutive wins against Maryland, East Carolina and North Carolina have brightened the skies over Charlottesville. At 4-3, the Cavaliers still face an uphill battle to reach bowl-eligible status in what could be the eighth and final season for coach Al Groh.

Virginia Tech ... “There’s Gold in the Mountains” — There truly are no rebuilding seasons under Frank Beamer. Just when we thought Virginia Tech might slip a bit and not challenge for the ACC title, here it is at 5-2 and right in the thick of the Coastal Division race. It is entirely possible Virginia Tech will win 10 or more games for a fifth consecutive season and 10th time in 14 years. Hey, there’s gold in those mountains.

And because we don't have a presidential debate this week to allow Prisbell to do one of his crazy polls, here's a different notion: N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson for President.

Finally there's this: Maryland's Kevin Barnes wasn't the only player hurting after Saturday's victory over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are dealing with significant injuries of their own. Why does that matter? Because most agree Wake Forest has the easiest road the rest of the season, but one more conference loss would give the Terps a cushion in the Atlantic Division, one they will likely need if their season-long inconsistency continues.

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 22, 2008; 9:28 AM ET
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Matt or Eric,

Any idea how many tickets are available for Saturday's game? I'm wondering if we'll have a better crowd than the last few games.

Posted by: Greg | October 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

With the weather calling for rain on Saturday, I doubt there will be a good crowd. Our fans tend to be fickle even in good weather.

Posted by: ewg | October 22, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Some things working in favor of a large crowd Saturday:

Homecoming, later start time, coming off a win, chance to be bowl eligible.

Posted by: Greg | October 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I was rooting for Virginia Tech the other night and expecting a usual highly competent Behmer team. What I saw was a weak, disorganized, poorly QBacked team. I was just sorry for that sad sack of a group. They may get better but as of now only a miracle will get them any where decent this year. IMO

Posted by: Win | October 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech should be "Jailhouse Rock". No further explanation should be necessary, just look at their police blotter!

Posted by: Yeah Terps! | October 22, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse


NC State -- 27
Maryland - 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am extremely happy that Penn State is ranked number 3 in the country - and very soon to be ranked number one --- this will definitely hurt Maryland's recruiting - thank god !!!

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels

Posted by: hclark1 | October 23, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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