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Wake Forest and Miami face tough tests from SEC foes

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2008

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Georgia Tech and Boston College headline Week Two of the ACC’s Road to Tampa Bay, as the Jackets and Eagles, fresh off season-opening wins against non-conference opponents, begin Conference play in a 12 noon game at Alumni Stadium that will be regionally-televised by Raycom Sports. Both received solid performances from first-time QB starters in Tech sophomore Josh Nesbitt and BC fifth-year senior Chris Crane, in gaining wins over Jacksonville State and Kent State, respectively.

In another matchup of teams coming off impressive victories, 20th-ranked Wake Forest hosts SEC foe Mississippi in a 3:30 pm contest at BB&T Field that will be regionally-televised by ABC. The Deacons, led by QB Riley Skinner, recorded a 41-13 triumph at Baylor, while the Rebels dominated Memphis 41-24 in their respective openers. Skinner, who completed 27 of 36 passes for 220 yards against Baylor, enters the game as the ACC’s most accurate passer, with a 69.8 career completion percentage.

Miami, also coming off an impressive season-opener against Charleston Southern, faces a difficult road test, traveling to 5th-ranked Florida, as redshirt freshman QB Robert Marve, suspended last week, makes the first start of his career. In Marve’s absence, true freshman QB Jacory Harris led a Hurricanes’ attack which totalled 52 points. The 54th renewal of the fierce intrastate rivalry will be a national telecast by ESPN starting at 8pm.

Duke, which got the David Cutcliffe Era off on the winning track with a 31-7 win over James Madison, hosts Big Ten rival Northwestern in a 7 pm game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

Maryland, which downed Delaware last week behind 197 yards rushing by TB Da’Rel Scott, travels to Middle Tennessee State for a 7 pm game televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.

Florida State begins its season in Tallahassee, hosting Western Carolina in a 6 pm game as head coach Bobby Bowden begins his 32nd year with the Seminoles. Bowden is currently
tied with Penn State’s Joe Paterno for most coaching victories in NCAA Bowl Championship Subdivision history--373.

Four schools--Clemson, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech--are looking to get on the winning track after dropping their season openers. 22nd-ranked Clemson, led by senior QB Cullen Harper, hosts The Citadel in a 1:30 pm game at Death Valley (ESPN 360); NC State, behind TB Andre Brown who ran for 101 yards last week against South Carolina, will host William & Mary in a 6 pm (ACC Select) contest at Carter-Finley Stadium; Virginia will host Richmond in a 3:45 game (ESPNU) at Scott Stadium; and Virginia Tech, an upset victim of East Carolina last week, will host Furman (1:30 pm) at Lane Stadium (ACC Select).

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Wake Forest and Miami face tough tests from SEC foes
Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner, recorded a 41-13 triumph at Baylor
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