By now, hopefully some of the talk has died down about the uniforms the Maryland Terrapins wore in their game against the Miami Hurricanes Monday night. Maybe they weren’t the most stylish, or best looking, but they did do the one thing they probably intended: get people talking about them, and by extension, the Terrapin football team. If you watched the game you saw quite a good game, as the Terrapins pulled out the victory late over the undermanned ‘Canes. Danny O’Brien played very well, and the Terrapins did just enough on both sides of the ball to outlast Miami. The victory gives the Terps the first conference win in the young season.
Elsewhere, stop if you’ve heard this one before: an ACC team lost to an FCS team. This time the team that falls was Duke, losing to Richmond at home 23-21. For a program in its fourth year under coach David Cutliffe, the Blue Devils are supposed to begin climbing the ladder to respectability; but a loss at home to an FCS squad (for the third time in the last six seasons), suggests the climb is a bit more difficult than first believed. The immediate future doesn’t get better: a top ten Stanford team comes to Durham on Saturday.
Quickly around the conference: Virginia Tech, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina cruised to easy victories; Clemson and NC State stuggled a bit before pulling out victories and Wake Forest and Boston College suffered losses to BCS competition Syracuse and Northwestern, respectively.
Looking ahead, one conference game is scheduled for the weekend, as the Wolfpack and Demon Deacons get together in Winston-Salem. Wake will be looking to shake off the tough loss to Syracuse, while the Wolfpack will try to keep the momentum going and get their first conference win. In addition to Duke playing Stanford, North Carolina and Virginia take on BCS foes. The Tar Heels host Rutgers from the Big East, and the Cavaliers travel to Indiana to meet the Hoosiers. Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech all take to the road for games against Central Florida, Middle Tennessee, and East Carolina respectively. Rounding out the schedule, Clemson and Florida State face home games that should be easy victories, with the Tigers facing Wofford and the Seminoles getting a tuneup for the Oklahoma Sooners against Charleston Southern. Of course, no game is necessarily a gimme in this conference.
While gaudy uniforms can get a conversation started, for the ACC, it will take winnning games to keep the conversation going. It will be the performance in those games, particularly those in the national spotlight, that will raise the perception of the conference going forward.