The top 5 ACC storylines for Week 2:
1. “New” Clemson. A No. 4 ranking, back-to-back wins over good SEC teams, winning a game in which the stats titled the other way … Heady stuff for the Tigers. But inspiring depth turned up all night and was revealed on Tajh Boyd’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Zac Brooks that gave the Tigers a 28-21 lead (they never trailed again). Boyd took the snap from backup center Reid Webster. It was the only catch for Brooks all night, and only the fourth of his career.
2. Gators-Hurricanes. Miami coach Al Golden knows Saturday’s home game against Florida – the first in the series since 2008 – is a biggie. The schools recruit many of the same players. “I think winning would go a long way for sure,” Golden said this week.
3. QB issues at N.C. State. The Wolfpack opened the Dave Doeren era with a 40-14 win over Louisiana Tech but quarterback Brandon Mitchell suffered a foot injury that will require surgery and is likely out four to six weeks. Pete Thomas, a less mobile transfer from Colorado State, takes over as the starter. Look for the Wolfpack to get creative with play-calling and try some Wildcat looks. Clemson plays at N.C. State on Thursday night, Sept. 19.
4. Jameis Winston. Florida State’s redshirt freshman quarterback looked like Matthew Stafford with speed Monday night, completing 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-13 victory at Pittsburgh. The big arm on display in spring practice looks more than legit. Moreover, Winston ran the offense with veteran poise.
5. Better than 35-10? Alabama pummeled Virginia Tech, but scored touchdowns on punt, kickoff and interception returns. The Tide gained only 212 yards and was held to 2.5 yards per rush. “One of our better defensive games around here,” Hokies head coach Frank Beamer said.
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