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ACC Report - Week 2

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Saturday - Miami (Fla.) at Kansas State (FX, 12:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Five-Star Game
Miami at Kansas State
The Hurricanes opened with a solid road win in conference last weekend at Boston College, and now set their sights on paying back K-State for a last-minute loss in South Florida last season. The Hurricanes, who are looking to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2009, are looking to hand the Wildcats their first loss in the past nine September games. If they're going to do it, they need QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson to duplicate their success of a week ago. The Hurricanes are a TD dog in this game, and they are 3-7 ATS in their past 10 games on fieldturf. However, they are 5-0 ATS in their past five road games, including last weekend in Chestnut Hill. For K-State, we mentioned their September record, but they're usually beating up cream puffs at this time of year. Miami poses their biggest challenge so early in the season in quite some time. While K-State is 10-3 ATS in their past 13 games overall, keep in mind that they have covered just nine times in their past 30 non-conference games. That makes the speedy Hurricanes worth a look.
Saturday - Penn State at Virginia (ABC, 12:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Four-Star Game
Penn State at Virginia
It's been well documented how the Penn State football program has fallen. No need to re-hash all of that. However, the new era opened last weekend, and things looked pretty positive in the first half. The Nittany Lions, spurred on by a crowd in full-throat, led Ohio 14-3 at the break. Then, the wheels came off. Now, Penn State hits the road, and the team will need to band together without the support of their home crowd. The good news is that the crowd at Scott Stadium shouldn't treat them too poorly. The bad news is that the Cavaliers are a solid squad coming off a 43-19 pasting of a good FCS team from Richmond. The Nittany Lions are just 3-12-1 ATS in their past 16 games overall, and 2-5 ATS in their past seven trips from Happy Valley. However, UVA is 0-4-1 ATS in their past five non-conference games. While many people will kick Penn State while they're down, the best advice might be to shy away from this one, unless you can get the spread in single digits. However, the under looks mighty attractive. The under has cashed in seven straight for the Cavs, and is 12-3-1 in the past 16 for the Nittany Lions. A total of 45 points might be a tall order, especially based on what we saw from Penn State a week ago.
Saturday - North Carolina at Wake Forest (ESPN3, 3:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup Three-Star Game
North Carolina at Wake Forest
The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons meet for just the second time since the 2007 season. That's hard to believe, since these in-state rival schools are separated by roughly 80 miles. The Heels thumped the Deacs 49-24 at Kenan Statdium in Chapel Hill last season. This weekend's game might have a little of the same look, as UNC opened with a 62-0 win against Elon, while Wake squeaked by their FCS opponent, Liberty, by a 20-17 score. Wake will need to key on stopping QB Bryn Renner and RB Gio Bernard. Renner threw for 338 yards and three scores last October in UNC's win over Wake, and Bernard rolled for 154 yards and two trips to the end zone. For Wake, WR Michael Campanaro is the player to watch, as he opened with 96 yards and a score last weekend. This line opened at six, and blew up to 10 1/2-11 within a matter of days. Wake is getting little respect, and rightly so. Look for the Tar Heels to run away in the second half with a victory by more than two touchdowns.
Saturday - Duke at Stanford (Pac-12 Network, 10:30 p.m. ET)
Matchup Two-Star Game
Duke at Stanford
Duke looked like a legitimate FBS conference team with a convincing 46-26 victory over Florida International last weekend at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham. In fact, it might have been the most impressive victory in David Cutcliffe's tenure as head coach. QB Sean Renfree was impressive, throwing for 290 yards and two scores. WR Conner Vernon is one of the most dangerous, and underrated, players in the nation. He rolled up 180 yards and a score in the win vs. FIU. Meanwhile, Stanford posted an uninspiring 20-17 win over San Jose State in the first game of the post-Andrew Luck era. The Cardinal, still nationally-ranked, are not expected to be as prolific on offense, but they will still be a force. The biggest threat to Duke's somewhat leaky defense will be RB Stepfan Taylor, who gouged SJSU for 116 yards and a score last weekend. A few things to note - Duke scored two defensive/special teams scores last week to make their total more impressive than perhaps it was. Duke has not won consecutive games to start a season since 1998, and their last win against a ranked team came in 1994. Duke's last win on the road against a ranked team, oddly enough, came against Stanford way back in 1971. The Cardinal will be a popular pick among those looking to recoup some lost funds from the afternoon, and the public is still giving Duke no love despite their impressive opening game win.
Saturday - North Carolina State at Connecticut (SNY, ESPN3, 12:00 p.m. ET)
Matchup One-Star Game
North Carolina State at Connecticut
There was a lot expected out of N.C. State last week, but they looked rather flat in their loss to Tennessee in Atlanta. The most surprising performance came from All-ACC DB David Amerson, who was undressed on a pair of scoring strikes. That just isn't supposed to happen. Amerson and the Wolfpack will be looking to atone for that setback in Storrs this weekend. The good news for bettors is that N.C. State is 4-1-1 ATS in their past six meetings against Big East opponents, and they are 18-7-1 in their past 26 games following a straight up loss. UConn has protected their home field well, covering in four of their past five home games. However, they have followed up their past five covers with an ATS loss. At first glance, one might see the records and think UConn is the better team. They're not. Head coach Tom O'Brien should have the ship righted, and the Wolfpack sailing back to Raleigh with a solid road win in tow.
Other Games to Watch
Matchup Notes
Maryland at Temple
The Terrapins were atrocious last weekend, nearly falling to FCS opponent William & Mary. They survived three interceptions by QB Perry Hills, a true freshman, as they snuck by the Tribe 7-6. This weekend, they'll face a Temple team which is much better than their recent history. Temple thumped crosstown rival Villanova by a 41-10 score last week, but they lost RB Montel Harris (hamstring). He may or may not play in this one, and the success of the offense, in part, has to do with his availability. Check back on that before finalizing your plans. Watch DB Vaughn Carraway, who could give the mistake-prone Hills fits in just his second career start. It's odd seeing Temple installed as a double-digit favorite, but the way both teams looked last weekend, it's hard to risk any scratch on the Terps.
Clemson at Ball State
The Tigers opened their 2012 campaign with a solid win and cover over Auburn in the Georgia Dome last weekend. It was more impressive by the fact WR Sammy Watkins was serving the first of a two-game suspension. They didn't miss a beat, as WR DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins racked up a single-game school record with 13 receptions, 119 yards and a score. Ball State, meanwhile, posted solid offensive totals in an opening game 37-26 win against Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals have a couple of players Clemson will have to pay some mind. RB Jahwan Edwards rolled up 200 rushing yards and three scores vs. EMU, and WR Jamill Smith was good for 119 yards on seven grabs. This game has the makings of a back-door cover (+27.5). While Clemson should fire out to a big lead early, they might turn the second half over to their second-string defense. With Ball State's high-octane offense, they could turn a big lead into a respectable score.

  
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