The ACC seems to be heading toward being called a weak conference again. Three of the ACC's best teams played non-conference games against ranked opponents. The ACC lost all three games - by a combined score of 119-37.
Miami's highly regarded defense allowed Oklahoma to throw five touchdown passes in a 51-13 loss to the fifth-ranked Sooners. No. 2 LSU reeled off 24 consecutive points in the first 19 minutes on its way to a 48-7 triumph over a ninth-ranked Virginia Tech team that had led the nation in total defense each of the last two years. The only close loss was Wake Forest losing to Nebraska 17-20.
The Miami Hurricanes play Florida International University on Saturday at the Orange Bowl, with both teams trying to avoid another brawl like the one that broke out when they met last year."I don't even talk about it," Miami coach Shannon said. "What happened last year was last year. I don't talk about those things. This is a different team. A different team, a different mentality."
In related Miami news, the Hurricanes will make a change at the QB position. After being the second-stringer for Miami's first two games, Kyle Wright is again the Hurricanes' starting quarterback, passing Kirby Freeman on the depth chart for Saturday's game.
The question of how important Rich Belton was last year to Wake Forest’s run to an ACC championship may be answered over the next 10 games of the Deacons’ regular season. Belton, whose performance as a fullback is not measured by statistics alone, tore his anterior-cruciate ligament Saturday against Nebraska and will not play again this season.