College football: Notes from the newsroom

College football: Notes from the newsroom
November 23, 2011, 6:43 pm
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By Michele GordonCSNwashington.com

Biggest surprise from last week in the ACC
Virginias upset over then-25 Florida State. It was the Cavaliers first-ever win in Tallahassee but it didnt come without some drama. But in the end, Virginia left Florida State with a W and now gets ready for a Commonwealth Clash with Virginia Tech.

Biggest letdown from last week in the ACC
Clemsons loss to NC State. The Tigers turned the ball over four times and their quarterbacks were sacked six times. I know Clemson already clinched the Atlantic Division title and they were without WR Sammy Watkins, but come on. You gotta show up.

Latest from College Park
Senior wide receiver Ronnie Tyler will not make the trip to Raleigh this weekend due to academic issues. Some of his teammates sounded off on Twitter about the disciplinary action (see Dan Steinbergs SportsBog).

Maryland @ NC State

Maryland visits NC State this weekend to close out the 2011 season. The Terps are just trying to finish the season while the Wolfpack must win to become bowl eligible.
PREDICTION: NC STATE

Latest from Charlottesville
According to the record books, Virginia has scored at least 32 points in each of its last seven wins against the Hokies dating back to 1989. So the Wahoos will need their offense to step up Saturday.

Latest from Blacksburg
The Hokies enter Saturdays contest with an overall record of 10-1. With a win Saturday, they will have won 11 regular season games for only the second time in school history. There have been a lot of great teams and great players in Virginia Techs history and I dont know that anyone thought this years team would be as successful as they have been. But they are.

ACC Game of the week
Virginia Tech at Virginia. Winner takes the Coastal Division title and heads to Charlotte to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. These two teams dont like each other and the fans hatred runs deep. However, the head coaches have a tremendous amount of respect for each other and you can guarantee they will have their teams ready for Saturday. Virginia Tech is strong on offense and defense while Virginia is effective on offense (especially the running game) and their defense and special teams have been outstanding. This is going to be the best game in the rivalry in years.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

Biggest CAA news from last week
They did it. The Towson Tigers won the CAA title and earned the automatic bid into the playoffs. From 1-10 last year with no conference wins to CAA champion, just an amazing story. Congratulations to Rob Ambrose and company.
CAA game of the week
Playoffs begin this weekend so every game is important. James Madison visits Eastern Kentucky and Norfolk State walks over to Foreman Field to face Old Dominion.
PREDICTION: JAMES MADISON AND OLD DOMINION