Week One Ramblin’s: ACC, Boise, Kansas

The ACC - Week One

The first weekend of the season is now behind us.  Lots of cupcakes have been beaten and a few marquee games have been contested.

Contrary to Doug Roberson (and Colin Cowherd), I don’t think the ACC embarassed itself this past weekend.

The conference as a whole collected nine decisive wins from Wake, Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech, BC, Clemson, NCSU, Virginia, and Duke.

The tenth victory was secured when a Maryland squad that lost ten games last season managed to beat a Ricky Dobbs led Navy team that won ten games last season.   If you’ve been paying attention to college football the last few years, Navy has become VERY relevant since our own Paul Johnson rebuilt the program in Annapolis.

Most of the media pundits (Cowherd included) will focus on the fact that UNC lost to LSU and Virginia Tech lost to Boise State.

Lets look at those games a little more closely.

The Tarheels took LSU to the wire, despite the fact that they were missing more than a dozen players from their two deep rotation.  It can be argued that UNC got jobbed there at the end with an apparent no-call on a pass interference in the end zone.

And then we have the Hokies who faced off against a Boise State team that was ranked higher than them.  This was a game they entered as the underdog.  The Broncos returned something like 20 of 22 starters from their undefeated team last season…including Kellen Moore, who may be a Heisman candidate by the end of the year.

The Hokies put a defense on the field with seven new starters and very nearly defeated the Broncos.  It could be argued that the loss of that game lies on the coaching staff as Frank Beamer and his offense were unable to run off enough clock while they held the lead to ultimately keep Kellen Moore from pulling out the winning drive.  (The Hokies ran a toss play out of bounds and threw deep on third and eight…both efforts which stopped the clock and left Moore with two minutes with which to become the hero…)

As bad as that may seem…the SEC had a slightly rougher opening weekend.

Florida looked horrendous against Miami Ohio and only managed 212 yards of total offense in a lackluster win, Vandy lost to Northwestern, and the biggest upset of the year occurred as Ole Miss gave up their lunch money to Jacksonville State in a 49-48 double overtime thriller.  I believe I’ve already mentioned LSU’s near bumble against a heavily depleted UNC.

Boise State

Credit to Boise…they won the big game once again.

But has anyone else noticed that every time Boise plays a “big game” its in a situation where they have plenty of time to get ready and prepare?  Its always the first game of the season where they have all summer to get ready or its the bowl game where they have the entire month of December to prepare.

How do you think Boise would fare if they had to play a string of tough games in the fifth, sixth, and seventh weeks?

How do you think Boise would fare if they had to play Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Miami down the stretch like the Jackets will have to do?


So now the Jackets head to Lawrence, Kansas and Memorial Stadium to face the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks, under first year coach Turner Gill, just lost to North Dakota State 6-3.

That’s right…North Dakota State…the Bison…a team who went 3-8 last season in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Ultimately turnovers, penalties, and poor field position cost Kansas the ball game as they only allowed North Dakota 168 yards of total offense and held them to 2-13 on third down conversions.

Following the loss, the Kansas athletic director abruptly retired.

So now the Yellow Jackets will walk into a complete circus of an atmosphere with no idea what to expect.

Will the Jayhawks rally like a cornered animal or will they roll over and play dead?

Will it really matter?

Go Jackets!  Beat Kansas!

29 comments Add your comment


September 8th, 2010
10:12 pm


September 8th, 2010
10:15 pm

You make a great point about Boise State always having at least a month leading up to the big games.


September 8th, 2010
10:22 pm

Now that Boise State had plenty of time to prepare for Virginia Tech and their imressive running game, is that the end of the Hokies offense? Oh right, that only applies to the Yellow Jackets. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Vegas Jackette

September 8th, 2010
11:07 pm

anyone going, see you there, I believe Kansas will regroup and play much better


September 9th, 2010
12:55 am

Chris, good points about Boise and Kansas. Boise State is good as a favorite Cinderella and gets lots of good pub from the Four Letter Network, which goes a LONG way today. In the ACC Coastal, they’d be lucky to win 8 games. I just couldn’t see them beating us, VT, UNC, and Da U over a 5-6 week span…not to mention FSU and even Clemons some years. Kansas is an absolute headcase right now. They’ll put up a good fight for the first quarter before we reel off some long possessions the rest of the game and win comfortably. http://www.stinGTees.com


September 9th, 2010
12:58 am

The comment about Boise State always having plenty of time to prepare for the big games kind of sounds like sour grapes. VT had the same amount of time to prepare as Boise. Just as Oregon and TCU did last year. Maybe the difference is what they do with that time.


September 9th, 2010
6:16 am

should be no problem… we win 1st 7 and that guarantees Weedeater Bowl in Shreveport… no matter what else happens after that…. Go Jackits !!!!


September 9th, 2010
6:19 am

playing on the East coast was like a home game for VT… big VT fan crowd.. warm humid weather… no excuses..

George P Burdell

September 9th, 2010
7:57 am

BUZZZZ, you are obviously a troll and will be ignored.


September 9th, 2010
8:04 am

I can understand your point on Boise St. playing winning their biggest games after a break, however, they also could have come out and stub their toes in the first game of the year. Give them some credit for scheduling a top 10 team coming out of the gate. Everyone in FBS football had the same timeline as Boise, and most of the top 25 scheduled tomato cans for their first game to work out the kinks.


September 9th, 2010
8:10 am

The point is that game Boise just won was the ONLY big game they play this year. You could MAYBE say Oregon State, but even if you were given that, that’s TWO tough games all year.

Virginia Tech (or Oregon last year) doesn’t have the luxury to spend their entire offseason worrying about ONE team; they have an actual conference schedule to get through.

Okay, that is as close as I will come to defending Virginia Tech. I almost threw up; I’m gonna go take a shower now.

walk-on 68

September 9th, 2010
9:33 am

surely after all these years(Oklahoma,et al) Boise must be seen as for real. If PJ leaves I want the Boise St. coach. I’m with Kirk on the QB (after Joshua !) that I want to lead my final drive-Boise St.


September 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

Good point on the losses by UNC and VT but the ACC needs a signature win over a very good out of conference team and has been unable to pull it off. As a Tech fan, I hate to see the ACC looked down upon by anybody. But at some point, someone is going to have to step up their game against one of these opponents and bring that victory home. Until then, we really have no beef with the perception of our league. As for Kansas, I really believe that CPJ will have the guys attention as to not allow a letdown in this one. It could easily get interesting if the players see nothing but the final score in their game and not pay attention to how it happened. My money says coach Johnson and Groh will spend alot of time preaching this to our guys. Result- GT 35 Kansas-13


September 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

In 2008, when UNC had a bye week to prepare for the Yellow Jackets, the Tar Heels completely shut down coach Paul Johnson’s scheme except for a single late-game play en route to a 28-7 blowout win.

Saint Simon

September 9th, 2010
3:41 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!




September 9th, 2010
4:58 pm

CrackDaddy– Take a look at the numbers from the ‘08 UNC-GT game…the game was lost on special teams and turnovers not by UNC shutting down our offense. Tech beat themselves that game. But you’re just a hater that wants to stir the pot. Bravo. Rumor has it old Butchy is “resigning” on Friday anyway…


September 9th, 2010
8:39 pm

Burdell, I’m sorry I offended your sensibilities. Actually, my post was a quote from the press. Sorry I didn’t give credit. I simply passed on the assessment of an independent observer. I don’t hate Tech. Why are you such a flamer? That said, I predict UNC will beat Tech in Chapel Hill. It certainly would not surprise objective observers.


September 10th, 2010
2:27 am

Saint Simon: WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!

That would certainly explain why it’s in such sad shape.


September 10th, 2010
3:54 am

The Wreckbone offense will rumble this weekend!!!!!!!

GT Fan

September 10th, 2010
5:40 am

PJ has stated he wants the GT offense to be “faster”. I hope that means
something good. Maybe it means throwing more passes
since the ball can be moved downfield and touchdowns
made “faster” by passing.

Tech Fan

September 10th, 2010
6:18 am

Saint Simon,
Why can’t you GA fans stay off this website? You’re an idiot. Bet you didn’t even graduate.

How bout them Bees!!!!

September 10th, 2010
7:26 am

Enter your comments here

How bout them Bees!!!!

September 10th, 2010
7:32 am

Saint Simon, You’re right. UGAg
GT45 to UGAg 42 HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!. GT will tear down those hedges again this year.


September 10th, 2010
11:44 am

I tend to disagree with the ACC having an impressive first week. None of those teams you mentioned played any quality team. Sure its nice to see victories, but none of the schools in the conference beat any one good week 1. This weekend is a different story if the canes and noles win their games. UVA is not going to compete out at USC. As far as the Bosie/VT game went. The Hokie D did seem to show their youth. They will still be tough to beat, but week 2 is going to be awesome with the games on TV this weekend.

As far as the rest of the schedule, anything can happen after the MTSU game. The defense will control how the year goes.

Bug Zapper

September 10th, 2010
5:10 pm

Tech will win big this weekend……but come on guys, you’re gonna have to be able to throw the ball at some time this year…I think the dawgs will win by 7…..I was really pulling for the underdog UNC against LS Who just to see Les Miles squirm a little more but admittedly I was pulling for Boise St to win just to keep football talk stirred up…..Not an ACC fan but will be pulling hard for the Canes an FSU to throw another monkey wrench in the BCS as well……Go Dawgs!


September 10th, 2010
10:26 pm

@Chris – Best analysis of ACC football yet. How come so many so-called analysts cannot see what you see? It seems obvious to me, but oh well.

I also agree with you on the SEC. It is down this year. Sure, there is always that one or two great team, but the overall conference is down. Watch for more ooc losses in that conference.


September 10th, 2010
10:28 pm

@Bug Zapper – Sorry to tell you, but ugag is going down against USC. Spurrier will get his win and the dogs will return to Athens with their tail between their legs. Bet on it. Come back to an ACC blog after the game and we’ll talk (and I’ll get you some tissues).

Old Gold

September 11th, 2010
7:17 am

For Sale: 22 gt Orange Bowl jerseys.

Although previously worn they look practically brand new.


September 11th, 2010
3:36 pm

Bummer – we played 13 mins. – Kansas was fired up – we didn’t show up. Pitiful, just plain pitiful………………oh by the way – that 2010 Defense lsogan of “Strong, tough, punishing”, should be revised to “Over-run, arm tackling, head down misses.