This Week in ACC Football: Week 1 - September 2-6

Sept. 1, 2010

The ACC begins its 58th Football Season in a big way Saturday with 18th-ranked North Carolina, with Head Coach Butch Davis beginning his fourth season in Chapel Hill, facing 21st-ranked LSU in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome in a nationally televised contest (ABC, 8 pm), while Maryland and Virginia Tech participate in a nationally televised Labor Day Monday doubleheader on ESPN...Coach Ralph Friedgen's Terrapins, with QB Jamarr Robinson at the helm, take on in-state rival Navy at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in a 4 pm contest, while the 10th-ranked Hokies of Coach Frank Beamer, led by QB Tyrod Taylor and TB Ryan Williams, face 3rd-ranked Boise State in the nightcap at 8 p.m...The Conference weekend actually begins its 2010 season on Thursday with Wake Forest, led by a new starting quarterback in sophomore Ted Stachitas, hosting Presbyterian (6:30 pm) at BB&T Field and 13th-ranked Miami, led by QB Jacory Harris, hosting Florida A&M at Sun Life Stadium (7:30 pm), in a pair of games that will be video streamed over ESPN3. com...20th-ranked Florida State kicks off Saturday action, hosting Samford at 12 noon (ESPNU) at Doak Campbell Stadium in the first game with Jimbo Fisher as head coach...Fisher, who replaces the legendary Bobby Bowden who retired after 34 seasons in Tallahassee, ironically played QB for Samford (1987)... The Seminoles will be led by their own All-America candidate in QB Christian Ponder... Another coaching debut with its own irony takes place in the conference in Charlottesville, Va., as UVa's Mike London begins his own era as Cavaliers head coach against Richmond (6 pm,, his alma mater and a school he guided to 24 wins the past two years, including the 2008 NCAA FCS National Championship...Elsewhere, Paul Johnson's 16th-ranked Georgia Tech team, led by All-ACC QB Joshua Nesbitt begins defense of its 2009 ACC Football title, hosting S.C. State (, 1 pm) at Bobby Dodd Stadium...Frank Spaziani begins his second season as head coach at Boston College, as the Eagles, led by TB Montel Harris, host Weber State (1 pm, at Alumni Stadium... Clemson's Dabo Swinney begins his third season as the Tigers, with QB Kyle Parker, looking to improve on their ACC runnerup finish of a year ago, hosting North Texas at Memorial Stadium (3:30 pm, ESPNU)... Coach Tom O'Brien opens his fourth season at NC State, with QB Russell Wilson guiding the Wolfpack against Western Carolina in a 6 p.m. ( game at Carter-Finley Stadium...and finally Duke's David Cutcliffe, leads his Blue Devils against Elon, in a 7 pm contest (ESPN3. com) at Wallace Wade Stadium, unveiling a new starting QB in Sean Renfree to go with All-ACC WR Donovan Varner.