College football: Notes from the newsroom

College football: Notes from the newsroom
October 20, 2011, 5:38 pm
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By Michele GordonCSNwashington.com

Biggest surprise from last week in the ACC

No question Virginias victory over then-12 Georgia Tech was the biggest surprise last week. Not only was the Wahoos rushing attack impressive (nice job befuddling Al Grohs defense) but they completely shut down the Ramblin Wrecks passing game. I am beyond thrilled for Mike London and company. Now lets see where they go from here.

Biggest letdown from last week in the ACC

So this is my chance to weigh in on the quarterback situation at Maryland. Everyone has their thoughts and opinions and here is mine. Danny OBrien was named ACC Rookie of the Year last year for a reason.

I think former Terps wide receiver Torrey Smith said it best on Twitter Saturday night (@TorreySmithWR) People need to stop talking bad about Danny he is a pro-style qb in a spread offense...it takes away from his strengths and comfort zone

I have nothing against C.J. Brown. I think hes a good mobile quarterback and theres no question he provided a much-needed spark for the offense last weekend against Clemson.

However, heres my thing.

Some coaches come into a new job and cater to their quarterback. Make adjustments to spotlight their signal callers strengths so the team can succeed. Some coaches come into a new job, install their offense and its take it or leave it. I know for a fact OBrien did (and is doing) everything he can to become the kind of quarterback Edsall wants for his offense. I simply dont understand why Edsall seems to be giving up on a great kid with tremendous work ethic and plenty of talent. OBrien graduates in the spring. If he chooses, he can transfer to a FBS school and play right away. Hell be like Russell Wilson minus the baseball drama. I dont want to see him leave but I also think his talent is being wasted standing on the sideline wearing a headset.

Latest from College Park

Head coach Randy Edsall announced C.J. Brown will be the starting quarterback at Florida State this weekend. For my thoughts on the quarterback situation, see above.

Maryland @ Florida State

The Terps are heading to Tallahassee for a date with the Seminoles. Its nearly impossible to beat the Noles at Doak Campbell Stadium and while Ive seen promise from the Terps the last two games I dont think its going to be enough against Jimbo Fisher and company.
PREDICTION: FLORIDA STATE

Latest from Charlottesville

This weekend marks the final of four straight home games for the Wahoos. The NC State Wolfpack come to town then its a quick turnaround for a Thursday night showdown in South Beach against Miami.

NC State @ Virginia

Virginia needs to refocus following last weekends huge victory over Georgia Tech. NC State comes into Charlottesville a hungry team looking for a win. The Wahoos just need to keep doing what theyre doing.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA

Latest from Blacksburg

Quarterback Logan Thomas has come out of his shell. In the past two games, Thomas has completed over 70 of his passes for 590 yards and five touchdowns. He has also ran for 68 yards and four touchdowns. One other note, wide receiver Danny Coale is just seven yards away from passing Antonio Freeman for third place in career receiving yards at Tech.

Boston College @ Virginia Tech

This shouldnt be difficult. Normally a Boston College-Virginia Tech matchup is something to see but not this year, unfortunately. Logan Thomas should have another big game as should running back David Wilson.
PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

Biggest CAA news from last week

Towson won again!!!! Hello?!?! And they didnt just win, they stunned the Old Dominion Monarchs. A 4th and 29 play turned into a 63-yard touchdown pass from Grant Enders to Tom Ryan. The Tigers are tied for first in the CAA with Maine. Go ahead and count on head coach Rob Ambrose as your CAA Coach of the Year. Oh, and dont pick against the Tigers like I did. Lesson learned.

CAA game of the week

15 Towson at 14 William and Mary. I mentioned earlier Im not voting against them anymore so here you go.
PREDICTION: TOWSON