Posted: Friday September 16, 2005 11:19AM; Updated: Friday September 16, 2005 6:34PM
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(8) Florida State at (17) Boston College
7:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Alumni Stadium (44,500)
Boy, do the Eagles know how to make a splash in the ACC. Their first conference game may be the biggest played in Chestnut Hill. After an ugly 10-7 win over Miami in its opener, Florida State beat up on The Citadel 62-10. But what stuck out to me was the Seminoles turned the ball over four times against the Bulldogs. They can't afford to do that and succeed against a good BC defense anchored by 6-7, 262-pound defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and linebacker Brian Toal. Florida State may have an edge in talent, but BC is disciplined, well-coached and will prove it belongs at the top of the conference.
Mismatch of the Week
UC-Davis at Stanford
10 p.m. ET (no television)
Stanford Stadium (85,500)
I'm still trying to figure out why this game was scheduled. Stanford hasn't beat up on Division II Davis since 1932, when it won 59-0. This encounter could be just as lopsided. The Cardinal scored 41 points (they also gave up 38) in a season-opening win over Navy and should have no trouble putting up many more against the overmatched Aggies.
Under the Radar
(13) Miami at (20) Clemson
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Memorial Stadium (86,000)
As many a Clemson opponent can tell you, Death Valley is a tough place to win. If Miami doesn't shore up its problems on offense, the Hurricanes may not come out with their season intact. Quarterback Kyle Wright showed promise in a 10-7 loss to Florida State, but he'll have to show more than that to beat Clemson. Led by strong-armed QB Charlie Whitehurst, the Tigers are riding high after winning a pair of nail-biters against Texas A&M and Maryland. This one should be just as close, but I like Miami to rebound.
Pitt at Nebraska
3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Memorial Stadium (73,918)
Back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and Ohio isn't the start that first-year Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt envisioned. And Lincoln isn't the best place to go in search of your first collegiate victory. But Nebraska (2-0) isn't as good as its record indicates. The Cornhuskers had 234 yards of offense in their 31-3 win over Wake Forest, and Pitt's D is much better than Wake's. Look for the Panthers to have Nebraska QB Zac Taylor on his heels and come out with a victory.