Sept 1, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) returns a punt for a touchdown past Murray State Racers cornerback Darius Buck (21) during the first quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Making the rounds, checking in on how our 2012 opponents fared in week 1.
Week 2: Maine Black Bears -- DNP
Maine's season starts up this weekend on the Heights.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 35-13 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Orange, led by QB Ryan Nassib, scored four unanswered TDs to take the lead with less than three minutes to play. Not to be outdone, Northwestern backup QB Trevor Siemian engineered a 10 play, 75 yard drive capped with a 9-yard Demetrius Fields TD with 44 seconds left to give the 'Cats a 42-41 victory. The Orange outgained the Wildcats by a whopping 259 yards, including a 257 yard edge in passing yards (596-337). Still not sure if this means Nassib is really, really good or the Northwestern secondary really, really bad. If both Northwestern and BC keep things going, next weekend's game could break the century mark in points.
Sippin' on Purple: Quick Thoughts on Northwestern-Syracuse
The Tigers carried the banner for the conference this weekend with a 26-19 victory over the ... Tigers in Atlanta. Clemson rebounded from their Orange Bowl debacle by handling a pretty good Auburn team in a building where they've struggled in years past. RB Andre Ellington went off to the tune of 231 yards on 26 carries. Yikes. The Atlantic Division seems VERY top-heavy this season with Florida State and Clemson and everyone else.
Shakin The Southland: Clemson, Ellington, Puts Auburn in Their Place, 26-19
Week 6: Army Black Knights -- DNP
The Black Knights season starts this weekend at San Diego State. Army is currently a 5 1/2 point dog on the road.
Week 7: @ No. 7 Florida St. Seminoles 69 (1-0), Murray St. Racers 3 (0-1)
A cursory glance at the box score and you wonder why this game was even played. Murray State may have been better off just accepting one of those huge novelty checks and walking off the field. Points 69-3, yards 606-156, passing yards 321-117, rushing yards 285-39. The season doesn't really begin for Florida State until week 3, and even then ... it's only Wake Forest.
Tomahawk Nation: Florida State Crushes Murray State 69-3
Admittedly, I turned off the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech punt fest sometime early in the third quarter. I'd imagine most of America did as well, missing an exciting fourth quarter and OT session. Hokies kicker Cody Journell kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to force OT and added a 17-yard chip shot in the extra period to give the Hokies a 20-17 victory against Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington led all Jacket rushers with 19 carries for 63 yards (3.3 yards average).
From The Rumble Seat: Tuesday Morning QB - Virginia Tech post-game analysis
Week 9: @ Maryland Terrapins 7 (1-0), William & Mary Tribe 6 (0-1)
#goacc, volume 1. The Terps got onto the scoreboard with just 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter against the CAA's William & Mary Tribe. Maryland won despite turning the ball over four times and missing a short field goal. All signs point to the Terps, decimated by departures and injuries, picked up where they left off in last year's disappointing 2-10 campaign. Oh, and Maryland fans have taken to calling Randy Edsall "RANGOON" which is both brilliant and perfect and brings a tear to my eye. Henceforth, Edsall shall be known around these parts as RANGOON.
Testudo Times: Maryland Escapes Upset, Comes Back Over William and Mary 7-6
Week 10: @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons 20 (1-0), Liberty Flames 7 (0-1)
#goacc, volume 2. The Deacons needed a late TD to sneak past the visiting Flames. Liberty, coached by Turner Gill, outgained the Deacons by 70 yards. Wake QB Tanner Price threw for 16-of-28, 195 yards, a TD and an INT in the win. Wake jumps into ACC play this weekend as they host North Carolina.
Blogger So Dear: Liberty Checklist Review (not pretty for Wake Forest fans)
Notre Dame rolled Navy 50-10 in Ireland. And that's nice.
Week 12: @ No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies 20 (1-0), Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 17 (0-1) (OT)
The Wolfpack D gave up 524 yards, including 333 in the air, as the Vols knocked off N.C. State 35-21 at the Georgia Dome. N.C. State QB Mike Glennon completed 27-of-46 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown, but threw FOUR interceptions in the loss. Wolfpack CB David Amerson, who set an ACC record with 13 INTs in 2011, was beaten badly on two long TD catches from Vols QB Tyler Bray. Tom O'Brien returns to New England this weekend as the Wolfpack takes on the Huskies at the Rent.