• Jimbo Fisher's selfish mistake, why all the Miami love, Duke-UVa for I-AA bragging rights and potential trouble for Tommy Bowden and Clemson.
Florida State's rookie quarterbacks combined to produce three points and five interceptions in the Noles' ACC opener and Jimbo Fisher, in his infinite wisdom, is starting Christian Ponder, with D'Vontrey Richardson next in line if he fails, while leaving Drew Weatherford on the bench.
Bobby Bowden reiterated on today's conference call that Weatherford would not get a look against Colorado.
Say what you want about Weatherford, and it has all been said about the eighth-year senior, but with 33 career starts, he's the best option at quarterback to win right now.
The screwed up part about FSU's coaching situation is Fisher, the coach-in-waiting, cares more about 2009 and beyond than this season.
That's a disservice to not only the current players but to Bowden. But if Bowden's not going wake up from his Ensure-induced coma and make a stand against Fisher, than who am I to protest.
Actually, Fisher better hope he has good legal representation because his contract better be bullet proof after that laughable offensive execution in the 12-3 loss to Wake.
Yes, Wake is good, and yes, FSU was still missing as many as 18 suspended players from the academic scandal, but Fisher coached himself into a corner by yanking Ponder after one half.
If Ponder's the future, you can't cut him off at the legs after one bad half. That's Coaching 101. Now Fisher is in the same boat Jeff Bowden so capably occupied. He's flipping quarterbacks like mortgage loans and searching for the "Next Big Thing" instead of patiently developing a quarterback, which FSU's last real OC, Mark Richt, was so adept at.
• I'm perplexed by all the Miami love. I don't think UNC will win at Miami on Saturday, didn't think they would with T.J. Yates, but I also didn't think N.C. State had any chance to beat ECU.
Is Miami better than the team that went 2-6 in the ACC in 2007? Randy Shannon better hope so but let's look at the Canes' first three games:
— A 52-7 win over I-AA Charleston Southern
— A 26-3 road loss to Florida
— A 41-23 road win over Texas A&M. This is the same Texas A&M team that opened the Mike Sherman Era with a 18-14 loss Arkansas State.
Miami's defense looked good for three quarters against Florida and then melted down. Last time I checked, the game's four quarters.
Point is, Miami's a limited offensive football team in a similar quarterbacking boat to UNC, and missing one of their best running backs (Javarris James).
• The Duke-Virginia winner won't win the ACC or the Coastal Division but it should get an automatic bye into the I-AA championship game.
Duke beat James Madison and Virginia owns a win over I-AA No. 1 Richmond.
That Duke is a 7-point favorite should tell you everything you need to know about Virginia, which like every other ACC team is a quarterback mess.
The Hoos lost Jameel Sewell in the summer to academics and kicked Peter Lalich off the team after the Richmond win.
Lalich, by the way, has migrated to Oregon State.
• Keep an eye on the Clemson-Maryland game, Tommy Bowden haters. Clemson, the preseason favorite, can't make its season, or make its fans forget Alabama, with a win but the season is all but over with a loss to the Terps.
The last two times these teams played at Clemson — and they are generally regarded as two of the more innovative offensive teams in the ACC — the final scores were 10-7 in 2004 (Clemson) and 13-12 in '06 (Maryland).
Maryland's offense is sure to be better with the return of Da'Rel Scott, the ACC's leading rusher before missing the Eastern Michigan rout with a shoulder injury.