Boston College (2-1, 1-0)
Noteworthy: Punter Nate Freese averaged 50.4 yards on his eight boots in last week’s loss to USC.
Clemson (3-0, 1-0)
Noteworthy: In its 26-14 win over N.C. State on Thursday, the Tigers didn’t score their first touchdown until late in the first half.
Coach Dabo Swinney, on the sluggish O: “We had two or three scoring opportunities that we didn’t convert on and just missed them. Just that simple.”
Duke (2-1, 0-1)
Noteworthy: Senior OG Dave Harding was named to the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team in part because he organized a mission trip to Ethiopia with his fellow Duke O-linemen.
Coach David Cutcliffe, on offensive tackle Perry Simmons: “He played his 3,000th snap. Think about that for a second – 3,000-plus snaps as a college football player. The offensive lineman is the guy that has no official statistics other than playing 3,000 snaps. That is an amazing stat…Perry’s done that while majoring in engineering at Duke University. That’s pretty cool.”
Florida State (2-0, 1-0)
Noteworthy: Quarterback Jameis Winston has completed 40 of his first 45 passes. That’s the highest completion percentage (89) for a QB in his first two games since the turn of the century.
Coach Jimbo Fisher, on the quicker pace of the offense at times this season: “We have more experience. When that line can really feel comfortable getting up there in a hurry and making calls and not having to decipher that stuff, you have a mature line….[Last year] I think we were still a young team on offense, even though we still had a good offense, I think the maturity allows you to do more and play faster and make the calls quicker and get into a better rhythm.”
Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0)
Noteworthy: The Jackets are averaging 54 points a game and are giving up 7.
Coach Paul Johnson, on the four passing TDs vs. Duke: “We we’re just trying to call plays against what the defense was doing. They were rolling down hard trying to stop the run. We were able to hit some wheel routes. The guy ran by the guy that he was blocking. It’s not something we put more emphasis on and hadn’t put enough emphasis on in the past.”
Maryland (3-0, 0-0)
Noteworthy: This week’s game is the 49th between the Terps and WVU, but the first regular-season meeting at a neural site (Baltimore).
Coach Randy Edsall, on playing in Charm City: “It’s accessible. It’s easy to get to. And again when you’re talking about the fan support in this state for football, there are a lot of football fans. And so, the more that we can do to develop that Maryland pride, get the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and the surrounding counties to be involved with what we’re doing I think it’s a win for us.”
Miami (2-0, 0-0)
Noteworthy: The Hurricanes debuted in the poll at No. 15 last week, marking the highest first-time ranking for an ACC team since Maryland debuted at No. 13 on Sept. 23, 1986.
Coach Al Golden, on starting 2-0: “I’m really happy for the players – they’ve put a lot of time and a lot of effort to improve. It’s a good start. By no means are we a finished product or are we satisfied. It’s a good start where we’re at – we’re 2-0.”
North Carolina (1-1, 0-0)
Noteworthy: QB Bryn Renner needs two TD passes to tie T.J. Yates for second on the UNC career list (58). Darian Durant holds the record with 68.
Coach Larry Fedora, on Georgia Tech’s cut blocking: “It is actually part of the game. In Paul [Johnson]‘s offense, they’re able to take advantage of it. We could do it. But with what we do, it doesn’t fit as much for us and it really fits for what they do in their triple option offense. It is legal and part of the game. Who am I to complain about that?”
N.C. State (2-1, 0-1)
Noteworthy: Thursday’s loss to Clemson dropped coach Dave Doeren’s career home record as a head coach to 14-1. He went 12-0 at home as Northern Illinois’ big whistle and started 2-0 at Carter-Finley.
Coach Dave Doeren, on an apparent 83-yard, game-tying TD by Bryan Underwood that was blown dead at the Clemson 47: “It was right in front of me. He didn’t go out of bounds. Unfortunately they blew it dead so they couldn’t review it. It’s an unfortunate deal. I know the guy felt bad about it. You can’t do anything about it. That’s just the way it is.”
Pitt (1-1, 0-1)
Noteworthy: Freshman WR Tyler Boyd became the first Pitt athlete in any sport to earn an ACC weekly honor.
Coach Paul Chryst, on QB Tom Savage: “I think he’s done a pretty good job. It’ll really sound like a broken record coming from me, but you could take every game and take plays where you can say ‘if you play like that, we have a chance.’ Then you see things whe re you can clean up and things that you can’t let happen, and in both games I think he’s done that.”
Syracuse (1-2, 0-0)
Notworthy: When the Orange plays the Tulane Green Wave this weekend, it’ll be a battle of two of the 13 FBS programs with nicknames that don’t end in “s.” How many of the others can you name?
Coach Scott Shafer, on Tulane QB Nick Montana: “We’ll have our hands full with him, he’s a good football player who learned from arguably the best player to ever play the game, or best yet to play the game, in my opinion.”
Virginia (1-1, 0-0)
Noteworthy: At halftime of Saturday’s game, the Cavs will honor 99-year-old John Leys – the oldest surviving captain of any UVa athletics team. He played football from 1933-35. Nine years after his final season at UVa, he commanded a landing craft infantry assault ship that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
Coach Mike London, on needing to throw downfield more: “We had only one sack against us [vs. Oregon], so it’s not the pass-rush situation. Ithink it’s just a matter of doing it and doing it consistently enough that teams have to defend the vertical threat. As we talked about how that fits in with David [Watford] , his ability to run, I think will help the running game, and I think it will help the passing game being able to throw the ball down the field.”
Virginia Tech (2-1, 0-0)
Noteworthy: The Hokies rank second nationally in average tackles for loss per game (9.7).
Coach Frank Beamer, on whether more teams will do what ECU did and force Tech to beat them through the air: “Oh, I don’t think it’s a question. I think most people will probably take that approach, but again, I’m hopeful that we’re dangerous enough [in the air] that you’ll have to think about it.”
Wake Forest (1-2, 0-1)
Noteworthy: WR Michael Campanaro tied the ACC single-game record for pass receptions with 16 against Louisiana Monroe. He already shared the top spot after making 16 grabs vs. BC last year.
Coach Jim Grobe, on the 1-2 start: “I am the head coach and it all comes back to me. If we’re not working hard enough, it’s my fault. If the x’s and o’s aren ’t good, it’s my fault. And the assistants have to take responsibility and the players have to go play the game, but ultimately I’m the guy that makes those decisions. I’m trying to figure out better ways to do things, better ways to use our personnel, better ways to practice, better ways to teach. We’re all in this thing together, but ultimately it’s my responsibility.”