Destination College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

October 26, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Inside the ACC

Game to watch

No. 13 Boston College (6-1, 3-1) @No. 3 Virginia Tech (7-0, 4-0)

When -- Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

TV -- ESPN

Outlook -- Boston College failed to handle Florida State at home last month. But don't expect the Eagles to roll over on the road, where they are 2-0 and have had an extra week to prepare for Virginia Tech. Boston College is big and physical up front and should be able to keep this one close.

Player to watch

Maryland junior tight end Vernon Davis

The skinny -- Davis leads the ACC with 15 plays of 20 or more yards, ranks second in the league with 76.9 receiving yards per game and looks like a top-20 draft pick. How well he fights through Florida State's hard-hitting defense and double-coverage schemes might dictate whether the Terps can hang around the Seminoles on Saturday.

Story lines

Figuring out Virginia

The skinny -- Duke, of course, is the worst team in the league. But Virginia could be the ACC's most underachieving squad. How the Cavaliers can surrender 45 points in a loss at Maryland, then control Florida State for much of a 26-21 victory, then drop a 7-5 clunker at North Carolina is beyond us.

Headed for a shutout?

The skinny -- The ACC is perhaps the deepest conference in the country, and the league could end up with four teams ranked in the top 10. But USC and Texas appear poised to keep any of them out of the national championship game.

By the numbers

86.3 -- ACC-leading third-down completion percentage of Wake Forest's Cory Randolph, who has completed 25 of 29 pass attempts on third down.

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