Three to watch
UNC at ECU, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
The Tar Heels (2-0) come off the open date, fresh and ready to tackle the Pirates (2-1), who clobbered them last year in Chapel Hill (55-31) and are coming off an emotional win at Virginia Tech.
No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 FSU, 8 p.m. (ABC)
The Seminoles (2-0) embarrassed the Tigers (1-1) last year on their home field, 51-14. That was Jameis Winston’s coming out party. The Heisman winner is suspended for the first half, so this game promises to be different.
Miami at No. 24 Nebraska, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Brad Kaaya’s first road game (a loss at Louisville) didn’t go so well, but the Miami freshman quarterback seems to have settled in (342 passing yards last week). The Cornhuskers (3-0) have been carrying the Big Ten’s banner, however sorry that banner is, thus far this season.
Number to know
15 Consecutive ACC wins for Florida State, nothing compared to the streak of 29 from 1992-95 but still impressive when you consider the Seminoles went 9-6 in the previous 15 conference games.
• It has been a little too easy thus far for Duke (3-0). The Blue Devils have outscored their first three opponents (Elon, Troy, Kansas) 127-33. They’ve only trailed once, 14-3 at Troy early in the second quarter.
It would not be a surprise if Tulane (1-2) gave the Devils a push. The Green Wave beat East Carolina last year, 36-33 in overtime, and coach Curtis Johnson has done a commendable job reviving the program amongst difficult circumstances.
It says a lot about Duke and the progress of the program under David Cutcliffe that it’s in a position to play a “trap” game, of sorts, where it could be forgiven for looking ahead to Miami next week.
• Virginia Tech got caught in a bad spot last week against ECU. Don’t be surprised if the Hokies take out that loss on Georgia Tech this week. The Yellow Jackets (3-0) have struggled in all three of their games this season and, like N.C. State, needed a late fumble to beat Georgia Southern last week.
The Hokies’ formidable defense should have an easier time with the Jackets’ option offense, than ECU’s passing game.
• You really have to wonder what Virginia coach Mike London did to irritate the scheduling gods, or the very least, his own AD, Craig Littlepage. After opening with UCLA, and crossing divisions with ACC “rival” Louisville, the Cavaliers have to go to Brigham Young. That’s asking an awful lot of a team that’s coming off an emotional win over the Cardinals.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is the best player you’ve never heard of. He won’t be the last good one Virginia has to face this year. The Cavs still have a division crossover game with Florida State in November. Some guys have no luck. Maybe the strong start can buy London, a strong recruiter, another year anyway.