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Football Friday: ACC Madness

There are lots of college football stories to point out on our site today. With three of Maryland's next four games at home, Prisbell looks at how attendance at Byrd Stadium has been underwhelming. Tomorrow's weather forecast might not help matters.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech hopes to avoid its second straight loss, but will have its hands full in Tallahasssee unless the Hokies can find a way to throw the ball effectively. Meantime, if Virginia is to continue its remarkable resurgence, the Cavaliers will have to slow down Coach Paul Johnson's triple-option offense at Georgia Tech, and their linebackers likely will be the key.

All of that adds up to another week in the most unpredictable league in the land. In a story that will appear in tomorrow's paper, Eric takes a look at what the ACC lacks in national title contenders, it makes up for in parity.

Johnson's former team, Navy, will attempt to bounce back from last week's loss to Pittsburgh by doing what they've usually done so well: run the ball.

Getting beyond the ACC, on the eve of the Penn State-Ohio State game, Steve Yanda looks at this season's explosion of the Nittany Lions' offense. How does Penn State's revival affect Maryland? Does the instability of Coach Joe Paterno's situation offset any recruiting benefits Penn State might enjoy courtesy of this season's fine showing?

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 24, 2008; 8:27 AM ET
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BIG weekend for the Terps. Of the 4 teams tied for first place, we are the only team playing a division game. The other 3 teams are playing outside the division. Division record is (I believe) the 2nd tiebreaker, so we have to win this one.

Also, with those other 3 teams playing outside the division, it gives the Terps a chance (with a win) to separate themselves without one of the other 3 teams keeping pace. For instance, if BC were playing FSU, one of them would would wind up 3-1 in conference. But, they could all potentially be 2-2 in conference and the Terps could be 3-1.

Go Terps, and then go Tar Heels, Hokies, and Hurricanes! (all three have a pretty good chance of winning too)

Posted by: sargeantmofo | October 24, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse


Barring a drastic change of heart, it appears unlikely that Dunbar running back Tavon Austin will stay in Maryland for college.
Austin told's Mike Farrell this week that he’s narrowed his list of schools to three.
“I haven’t taken any official visits lately,” Austin explained. “I went to West Virginia a little while back and that went pretty good. I’m not going to take all five of them.
“I’m taking an official to UNC on November 7, and I think I might make my decision after that. I’m looking at West Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan right now, but I might not make it to Michigan. I’d say West Virginia is leading by a little bit.”

• In Mike Farrell’s Weekly Whispers column, the analyst says that Hawkins and his Quince Orchard teammate, defensive end Jason Ankrah, have been impressed with Penn State’s 8-0 start.
Speaking of Penn State, numerous prospects who didn’t have interest in the Nittany Lions suddenly are interested after the team’s awesome start. While Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah has always loved Penn State, teammate Travis Hawkins - a cornerback - once again is showing a lot of interest.

* Jelani Jenkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | October 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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