It's going to be hard to top last week for drama, but here are our 10 reasons why you won't be able to do any yard work this weekend:
1. It's put up or shut up time for the ACC. When the ACC added Florida State in 1992, followed by Miami and Virginia Tech about a dozen years later, the conference thought it was positioning itself to be a consistent challenger for the BCS national championship. The facts: Florida State played in the national championship game in 1998, 1999, and 2000, winning once (against Michael Vick and Virginia Tech for the 1999 championship).
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Since then the ACC has not played in a BCS championship game. In fact, the ACC is 2-11 in BCS games and has never had two teams invited to the big bowls. Candidly, since the 2000 season an ACC team has not seriously been in the discussion for the national championship when November rolls around.
That is why it is not a stretch to say that this is one of the biggest weekends for ACC football in 10 years. The headliner, of course, is No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida State. But there are also three other big ACC home games as Clemson hosts No. 21 Auburn, Maryland welcomes No. 18 West Virginia to town, and Miami takes on No. 17 Ohio State at Sun Life Stadium. The ACC went 0-4 in these games a year ago; it can't afford to go 0-4 on Saturday.
"We challenge ourselves by scheduling these games but in order to get to where we want to go, we have start winning our fair share. We know that," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
2. Nick would be proud. A Nick Saban disciple (Jimbo Fisher) will be coaching Florida State against Oklahoma. But there will be two former Saban assistants squaring off when No. 16 Florida (2-0) hosts Tennessee (2-0) in The Swamp on the CBS game of the week (3:30 p.m.).
Will Muschamp, who worked for Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins, is in his first year at Florida. Derek Dooley (son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley) was on the staff with Muschamp at LSU and went with Saban to the Dolphins. Muschamp played at Georgia. Dooley grew up in Athens and went to law school at Georgia. Their families are close.
"Derek's been a guy who's a friend and still is -- except for one Saturday in the fall," said Muschamp. Nick wouldn't have it any other way. Florida has won six straight over Tennessee. Tenn-Fla. preview
3. Ted Roof has been busy. Roof is the defensive coordinator at Auburn. His team is 2-0 and that's good. But it has not been two great weeks for Roof's very young defense.
On Sept. 3 against Utah State, Roof's defense stayed on the field for 84 plays. Auburn needed a miracle finish to win 42-38. Roof burned the midnight oil and simplified the defense for the next game with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs ran 97 plays against Auburn. But the last Mississippi State play of the game was stopped on the one-foot line and Auburn survived again, 41-34.
Now Auburn must go on the road to play at Clemson, where Chad Morris (formerly of Tulsa) has installed an offense that is almost identical to that of Auburn OC Guz Malzahn.
"We are incredibly young on defense but that's no excuse," said Roof. "We need to be more aggressive and we certainly need to tackle better. We will get it fixed."
Auburn has 33 players on its defensive depth chart, 23 are freshman or sophomores. Auburn-Clemson preview
4. Holgerson not happy. Dana Holgerson's West Virginia team is 2-0 and ranked No. 18. The Mountaineers have a huge game with No. 3 LSU next week in Morgantown. But first they go to College Park on Saturday to play Maryland (1-0), which has been resting since opening the season with a win against the Hurricanes on Sept. 5.
Holgerson saw his team slop around last week against Norfolk State before turning on the gas to win 55-12. With the whole world talking about next week's game with LSU, Holgerson knows he can't afford a slow start on the road against the Terps and quarterback Danny O'Brien. After the monster numbers his last two teams put up at Houston and Oklahoma State, Holgerson has made no secret that he's not happy.
"When you're on the road you have to start fast," said Holgerson. "I really don't know where we're at right now."
5. Will the real Nebraska stand up or have we already seen it? A lot of people have picked Nebraska to win the Big Ten championship in its first season as a member. I'm one of them. But we've been less than impressed to watch the Cornhuskers in their first two games against Chattanooga (40-7) and Fresno State, where Pat Hill's team was within 28-26 in the fourth quarter before Nebraska pulled away 42-29.
Now the Cornhuskers get to play Washington for the third time in 12 months. They met last September in Seattle (with Nebraska winning 56-21) and again in the Holiday Bowl (Washington won 19-7). This is an important game for Nebraska because it's at home and because the Big Ten opener at Wisconsin is looming on Oct. 1.
6. The Eyes of Texas are on (another) McCoy. Case McCoy, whose brother Colt holds the NCAA record for victories by a starting quarterback (45), will take the first snaps on Saturday when Texas goes to UCLA. The younger McCoy is expected to get most of the snaps but he will share time with freshman David Ash.
Texas is trying to find some answers on offense to avoid a repeat of last's year 34-12 loss to UCLA in Austin, which triggered the downhill slide to 5-7. That UCLA team finished 4-8.
"We're still trying to put enough plays together to find an identity and who we are," said Brown.
But this much has changed since Brown revamped his staff in the offseason and went younger. If something's not working, he's going to change it. Now. That's why Garrett Gilbert, the Gatorade National High School player of the Year in 2008 and the Texas starter in 2010, is now the No. 3 quarterback for the Longhorns. Texas-UCLA preview
7. South Carolina should be on upset alert. There are few things Steve Spurrier likes to do more than beating Georgia. The South Carolina coach was particularly pleased with last Saturday's 45-42 victory in Athens because his team was so resourceful. The Gamecocks had two defensive touchdowns and another set up by a 56-yard fumble return to the Georgia five-yard line. Another touchdown came on a fake punt.
Now South Carolina plays its first home game of the season against Navy's triple option and Spurrier has made one thing clear to his players: Letting down is not an option.
"Good teams play well no matter what they did the week before -- win or lose," said Spurrier. "We are not in letdown mode around here."
A historical note that you might like: The last time South Carolina was a Top 10 team and lost was on Nov. 17, 1984 by the score of 38-21. The game was on the road. The opponent was Navy.
8. What is the over/under for picks by Jacory Harris? Al Golden has put himself into position to be second guessed for the first time in his initial season at Miami. After the Sept. 5 loss at Maryland, Golden announced that senior Jacory Harris, who was suspended for that game, would start on Saturday at home against No. 17 Ohio State.
Harris is certainly more physically gifted than Stephen Morris, who was 19 of 28 against Maryland with two picks. But Harris has been an interception machine in his first three seasons with 39 picks against 50 touchdowns. He threw four picks in last year's 36-24 loss to Ohio State in Columbus. But Golden sees something else.
"I just think it's a different time and a different place. He's a different player," Golden said.
We'll see. OSU-Miami preview
9. Irish will be ready for "Little Giants." All we know about Notre Dame (0-2) so far is that it has a penchant for turning the ball over in the red zone and that its secondary does not execute a prevent defense very well.
But also know this: If No. 15 Michigan State (2-0) is going to win on Saturday in South Bend, the Spartans won't do it with a fake field goal. Last season, Coach Mark Dantonio passed on a 46-yard field goal in overtime and called a fake. Holder Aaron Bates found tight end Charles Grantt after a Notre Dame defender fell down. Michigan State won 34-31 on what turned out to be one of the gutsiest calls of the year. MSU-N.D. preview
10. Zooker, Illini, get their shot. Ron Zook took Illinois to the Rose Bowl in 2007. Since then it's been a mixed bag for the Illini and there were rumblings before last season that the Zooker could be on his way out of Champaign.
But Illinois went 7-6 which included a 33-13 win at Penn State, an incredible 67-65 overtime loss to Michigan, a four-point loss to Minnesota, and a two-point loss to Fresno State. Illinois beat Baylor 38-14 in the Texas Bowl.
"We made some strides last season and now we have to take another step this season," said Zook.
After warming up against Arkansas State and South Dakota State, Illinois could take a big step forward with a win at home Saturday night against No. 22 Arizona State (2-0).
"I've talked to a lot of fans who are really excited and so are we," said Zook. "This is a great opportunity for us and we're going to need everybody."
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