N.C. State: Mack Brown would be so proud the concept of the "state championship" lives on 11 years after his departure from UNC.
The Wolfpack is 2-0 against in-state opponents and suddenly inspired for the next two games against Wake Forest and UNC.
On a side note, if State played Duke's schedule, the Pack would be bowl eligible by now. And if Duke played State's schedule, the Devils would be 3-6.
UNC: There's a reason Butch Davis' name comes up in every rumored coaching search. Notice how the Tar Heels don't beat themselves with turnovers and penalties anymore? That's not a coincidence, that's coaching.
And I wouldn't worry about Tennessee or any SEC team, UNC fans, but I would put my pink Tony Romo jersey on and start rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones might take a swing at his former assistant.
Big Ten: Thank you, Iowa.
Now the BCS title game will be devoid of a team from the Conference That Can't Count.
No Ohio State and no Penn State, after Iowa's 24-23 win over the previously unbeaten Nittany Lions.
The Big 12 and the SEC might even split some of their BCS money with the Hawkeyes, or at least send them a T-shirt. The Rose Bowl is smiling all the way to the bank, though — Penn State vs. USC?
LSU: Instead of burning Nick Saban in effigy, LSU fans might want to find some kindling and keep themselves warm with the press clippings from the 2007 national title.
Spencer Pratt's more likeable than Saban, but the coach already has lapped LSU in less than two seasons at Alabama.
Tune in to ESPNU every Saturday, Les Miles. That's not just Larry Coker mumbling about midlevel ACC teams — that's your future.
Turn it new blue
Officially, the color of UNC's new jerseys is "PMS 282," — or was it PMS 28-7? — four shades darker than the standard issue "Carolina" blue. Late Hits approves of the leaner, meaner, darker version of Dean and MJ's favorite color. And if, as Butch Davis said Saturday, the players and recruits like it, why not?
Wake Forest followed third-jersey suit with a gold look. Both teams won on Saturday. Inspired by the results, N.C. State will wear persimmon against Wake Forest this week.
Ranking the ACC
1. UNC: Should let Butch Davis coach one more game for Miami.
2. Florida State: Like UNC, could be the best in the division but left out of Tampa.
3. Virginia Tech: Love those Thursdays.
4. Maryland: Get ready for "good" Maryland, Tarheelia.
5. Miami: Title chances decided Thursday vs. the Hokies.
6. Wake Forest: They're goin' streakin'.
7. Georgia Tech: Wanted: healthy linemen.
8. BC: The bowl streak lives.
9. Clemson: What's Plan B?
10. N.C. State: You're not No. 12!
11. Duke: Hit the wall, and the wall won.
12. Virginia: They'll always have UNC.