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This week’s ACC and local matchups.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
EAST CAROLINA AT NORTH CAROLINA
12:30 p.m. Saturday | CW5
The Tar Heels (1-2) averaged 40.6 points last year but mustered just 10 points in their opener at South Carolina and were held to 20 points last weekend at Georgia Tech.
“If you go back and look at that second half [at Georgia Tech], we were inept in every situation we were put in offensively,” coach Larry Fedora said. “I really expected our offense to be more productive this year, just [from] going into our second year. I still believe we’re going to be.”
East Carolina (2-1) has been idle since losing to Virginia Tech 15-10.
MIAMI AT SOUTH FLORIDA
Noon Saturday | ESPNU
Miami coach Al Golden said Wednesday that QB Stephen Morris, who suffered a bruised ankle last weekend, will be ready to play against USF (0-3).
WAKE FOREST AT CLEMSON
3:30 Saturday | ESPNU
The No. 3 Tigers (3-0, 1-0) weren’t too explosive in last weekend’s 26-14 win over North Carolina State, but coach Dabo Swinney is not concerned.
“The objective is to win the game, not score a certain amount of points,” he said. “We have two really hard-fought battles under our belt with Georgia and … State, so I think that’s great experience for our team.”
Wake (2-2, 0-1) ranks 107th nationally in total offense (339.5 ypg).
“We haven’t thrown the ball as well as we need to and we certainly haven’t run it as well as we want to,” coach Jim Grobe said.
FLORIDA STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE
3:30 p.m. Saturday | WSET
Jameis Winston has thrown eight TD passes for the No. 8 Seminoles (3-0, 1-0).
“He breaks tackles. You can’t arm-tackle this guy,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “You’ve got to get him on the ground or he’ll come out of the tackle, set his feet and he’ll throw it.”
Boston College (2-1, 1-0) has been idle since losing at Southern Cal 35-7.
TROY AT DUKE
3 p.m. Saturday | ESPN3.com
Duke (2-2) has been trying to improve its defense in the wake of last weekend’s 58-55 loss to Pittsburgh.
“The focus has been on avoiding giving up big plays, which was a nemesis a year ago,” coach David Cutcliffe said. “It got horrific against Pitt, and we just can’t fall back in that mode. In this day and time it’s hard to stop people, but you just can’t give up chunks of yardage.”
Troy (2-2) is coming off a 62-7 loss at Mississippi State.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT N.C. STATE
3:30 p.m. Saturday | ESPN3.com
State coach Dave Doeren figures his team won’t overlook the Chippewas (1-3) because the Wolfpack (2-1) struggled to beat Richmond on Sept. 7.
“Our kids will not take them lightly, I guarantee you that, because of Richmond,” he said. “Our guys learned a tough lesson and got away with it against Richmond.”
ROBERT MORRIS AT VMI
1:30 p.m. Saturday
Robert Morris (1-2), an FCS school in Moon Township, Pa., is steered by former New York Jets coach Joe Walton. Walton, 77, is in his 20th and final season coaching the Colonials.
Penn State transfer Rob Jones has thrown for 483 yards for Robert Morris, which lost to VMI in 2007 and 2009.
The Northeast Conference limits Robert Morris and its other members to 40 full football scholarships, but Robert Morris and others supplement that by giving academic scholarship money as well.
RB Derrick Ziglar (Martinsville) of VMI (1-3) will likely miss this game with a sprained knee.
SEWANEE AT W&L
1:30 p.m. Saturday
The Generals (1-1) have beaten Sewanee (1-2) eight straight times.
Since the start of the 2010 season, W&L had been 15-0 when rushing for more than 400 yards. But W&L lost at Centre 37-28 last weekend despite rushing for 422 yards. W&L was 0 of 9 passing, marking the first time since 1961 that the Generals failed to complete a pass.
“It’s a matter of everybody getting on the same page,” coach Scott Abell said. “We have a new group in the receiving corps.”
FERRUM AT HUNTINGDON
1 p.m. Saturday
Ferrum (0-3, 0-0) has allowed more than 40 points in each of its games, including a 51-28 loss at Bridgewater last weekend.
“Last week they just picked on some of our young kids in the secondary,” coach Dave Harper said. “Our veterans, they’ve got to play perfect … to overcome the young ones.”
Tim Reynolds has completed just 38.1 percent of his passes this season. Ferrum misses receivers Makya Jackson and Derrick West, who were seniors last fall.
USA South newcomer Huntingdon (2-0, 0-0), a Montgomery, Ala., school, is ranked No. 23 in the Division III coaches poll.
SVU AT THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
Southern Virginia (2-1) heads north to face a future league rival. SVU will be a football-only member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference next fall.
“We wanted to play two teams in the conference that we’re joining to kind of get a gauge of where we’re at and where we need to go, and we were only able to schedule one,” SVU coach DeLane Fitzgerald said. “This is a measuring stick for us.”
The College of New Jersey is 0-2. The Lions squashed SVU 61-0 when they last met in 2004, which was Southern Virginia’s second year of football.
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