Top 5

- Fear the Turtle. Good school, smart people. Maryland doesn’t make a Big Ten move without a cash-flow chart.

- BCS bonanza. The ACC lucked out with Virginia Tech invited to the Sugar Bowl last year and might get Clemson an at-large ticket to New Orleans this year.

- Tajh Boyd. Tigers QB coming off his first 100-yard rushing game, though he was left in a 62-48 win over N.C. State a little too long for good health.

- Georgia Tech. Left for wounded after that 41-17 thumping applied by BYU but three wins in a row and an ACC Championship Game berth.

- Connor Vernon. Senior wide receiver (64 catches, 5 TDs) a steady spark in David Cutcliffe’s Duke offense.

Bottom 5

- Bowl exposure. Virginia Tech (vs. Virginia) and Wake Forest (vs. Vanderbilt) must win to gain bowl eligibility. Otherwise, the ACC with North Carolina and Miami banned has only five bowl-eligible teams, the fewest since 2000.

- Jeer the Turtle. League loyalty was suspect when only Maryland and Florida State voted against the “$50 million buyout.”

- Clemson kick coverage. Allowed 277 yards to N.C. State’s Tobias Palmer last week.

- Miami. Self-imposed bowl ban costs valuable extra practice/development time.

- BCS bust? What if Florida defeats Florida State, South Carolina beats Clemson and Georgia Tech wins the ACC Championship Game? It’s a stinker of an Orange Bowl with the Seminoles and Tigers left for sub-BCS bowls.

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