Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Five reasons to watch ACC football

It’s not easy to get excited about college football in North Carolina these days, when Wake Forest (2-2) is the only Football Bowl Subdivision team in the state that’s not 1-3.

New coaches Butch Davis at North Carolina and Tom O’Brien at N.C. State are off to rough starts, and Duke is still Duke even though it won at Northwestern.

But here are five reasons for Charlotte-area fans to keep paying attention to college football as September winds to a close:

1. Spurrier is coming. Even if North Carolina is 1-5 on Oct. 13, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s visit to Chapel Hill will be memorable. North Carolina fans still haven’t forgiven him for running up the score in 1989 when he was at Duke and then taking a team picture in front of the scoreboard.

2. Charlotteans are shining. Defensive end Jeremy Thompson is tied for fourth in the nation with five sacks for Wake Forest, and teammate Kenneth Moore is one of the most versatile players in the ACC. At North Carolina, Hakeem Nicks is one of the ACC’s best big-play receivers, and tailback Ryan Houston could be ready to break out at tailback as a freshman.

3. Quality QBs. Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner, North Carolina’s T.J. Yates and Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis are worth watching. That’s more than you can say for many of the ACC’s quarterbacks.

4. East Carolina isn’t hopeless. The Pirates are 1-3, but they’ve lost to two ranked teams (Virginia Tech and West Virginia) plus the preseason favorite in their division in Conference USA (Southern Mississippi). Their schedule will get easier.

5. Jim Grobe. With Skinner back from his shoulder injury and an open date this week to heal some more, Wake Forest isn’t out of the ACC championship race yet because it has one of the best coaches in the nation.

Sure, it’s tempting to forget football and spend the beginning of October pining for basketball. But the start of basketball practice still is a few weeks away. Don’t give up on football yet. – Ken Tysiac

8 comments:

New Charlottean said...

As a Georgia Bulldog fan, I can get behind anyone who hates Spurrier.

The Raging Bull said...

Last time I checked, East Carolina is NOT in the ACC. Why are the Pirates a reason to watch ACC football???

Bobbie said...

There is more reason to watch the ACC than just the NC teams you mentioned. Virginia is leading their division and more watchable than some of the NC teams!

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Even if North Carolina is 1-5 on Oct. 13, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s visit to Chapel Hill will be memorable.

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