Boston College: The Eagles' 14-10 over Virginia was their first on the road and seventh of the season, which is about three more wins than any without the last name "Flutie" would have sanely predicted before the season began.
Short of Clemson pulling a Clemson, the Eagles won't win their third straight Atlantic Division title, but a 6-2 finish, or even 5-3, should make first-year coach Frank Spaziani the ACC's coach of the year.
Stanford: While Notre Dame's next coaching search will certainly begin with the pursuit of the Holy Urban Grail, it might just end with the Cardinal's Jim Harbaugh.
After Saturday's romp of Southern California, Stanford's 7-3, ranked No. 14 in the country and Harbaugh owns two wins over the Trojans. That's two more than Charlie Weiss and Tyrone Willingham combined.
Miami: The new U looked like the old U after a 5-1 start, but after two losses in three games, the new U really is the new U.
The spirit of Patrick Nix must have possessed new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple in Saturday's 33-23 loss to UNC because the Canes' offense looked like it was run by a ghost.
Running up the score: The BCS computers have a firewall against lopsided wins but that didn't stop "little" guys TCU or Boise State from running it up like Tom Osborne. The Horned Frogs battered Utah, 55-28, and Boise State potatoed Idaho, 63-25.
Careful, boys, as the Utes learned Saturday, what goes around comes around.
More official problems
It was nice of Big East officials to get the Twitterati off the SEC's back for one week.
Down 14-7 in the second quarter, Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead fumbled the ball at the goal line, or least that was how it was ruled on the field. The Big East replay judge over-turned the call and gave the Bearcats a touchdown. Cincinnati went on to win 24-21 and keep their national title hopes, albeit slim ones, alive.
Citi is the title sponsor of this year's national title game. Given the greased path taken by the SEC heavyweights, and now upstart Cincinnati, it would make sense for Liquid-Plumr to step in.
Ranking the ACC
1. Georgia Tech: Easy GT fans, Chan the Man won the Coastal, too.
2. Clemson: Thank Tommy the B. for Spiller, at least.
3. UNC: Who needs offense?
4. Virginia Tech: Maybe these guys.
5. Miami: What if... what if.
6. Boston College: Full of surprises.
7. Florida State: The bowl streak lives.
8. Duke: Perilously close to the old Duke.
9. Wake Forest: Better than another close call?
10. Virginia: How did they beat UNC?
11. N.C. State: Who needs defense?
12. Maryland: Frige, drops "D" in symbolic gesture.