Destination College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

September 28, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Inside the ACC

Game to watch

No. 3 Virginia Tech (4-0, 3-0 ACC) at West Virginia (4-0, 1-0 Big East)

When -- Saturday, noon

Outlook -- West Virginia is off to a great start, averaging 234.7 yards rushing while allowing only 12 points.

Player to watch

Florida State QB Drew Weatherford

The skinny -- It helps to have a suffocating defense on your side. Nevertheless, Weatherford is progressing nicely. In his past two games, the freshman has completed 61 percent of his passes for 585 yards and four touchdowns.

Story lines

North Carolina State

The skinny -- Is sixth-year coach Chuck Amato in trouble if N.C. State (1-2) doesn't get rolling soon? Amato guided the Wolfpack to its first 11-win season ever in 2002, but is only 20-22 against the ACC. N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler has declared he is "100 percent behind Chuck Amato."


The skinny -- Duke's football fan apathy reached a new low on Sept. 17 when 10,126 spread out in Wallace Stadium to watch the Blue Devils drill VMI, 40-14. It was the smallest crowd to witness a Duke home game since 1966. It probably will not get worse Saturday against Navy. The Midshipmen travel too well.

By the numbers

30 -- Points allowed in the second half by Florida State through the Seminoles' first three games.

310 -- Boston College's Will Blackmon leads all active Division I-A players in kickoff return yardage.

7.6 -- The percentage of field-goal attempts kicked successfully by ACC place-kickers through the first three weeks.

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