Wah, Labor Day. the day that is a symbol of so much. Most of all, however, Labor Day signifies the start of one season and the end of another: the end of baseball season and summer, and the start of football season. For Braves fans, baseball season has been over for quite some time now. After a week in which several teams suffered key injuries, we take a look at where the conference stands heading into week two.
1. Clemson (1-0, 0-0)
Clemson was able to handle Wofford in week 1, winning 49-10. In the midst of this win to kick off the season, WR Mike Williams suffered a small fracture in his neck after running into the goalpoast when scoring a touchdown. He is expected to return this season, and was seen at practice yesterday wearing his neck brace. For Clemson, it was great to see Deshaun Watson back on the field, and he looked very impressive in his limited time on the field. Clemson has a chance this season to end the phrase "Clemson-ing" that has followed them for the past several years. (This is what I was trying to say last week but was cut off somehow.)
Week 2 - Saturday, 12:30 PM, hosting Appalachian State (1-0)
2. Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0)
Tech played on Thursday night, which feels like it was so long ago. The game was exciting to watch as Marcus Marshall and Patrick Skov rushed for a combined 5 touchdowns between the two of them. It is so awesome to check the box score, and see that the team put up 69 points while throwing only 5 passes. The Jackets have one more game this weekend before their trip to South Bend the following week.
Week 2 - Saturday, 3:30 PM, hosting Tulane (0-1)
3. Florida State (1-0, 0-0)
The Seminoles' new quarterback, Everett Golson, was as impressive as you can possibly be playing against Texas State, going 19-25 for a little over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dalvin Cook is still pretty good on the field, I guess. This team still has some questions, but not more then the next team has after last night.
Week 2 - Saturday, 11:30 AM, hosting USF (1-0)
4. Virginia Tech (0-1, 0-0)
Not only did Virginia Tech lose their first game of the season to defending nation champion Ohio State, they lost their starting QB Michael Brewer to a broken collarbone for the foreseeable future. For some reason no one has explained yet, J.C. Coleman played last night's game with a Rolex on? It will be interesting to see who steps in and plays QB for the Hokies going forward, as the backup who came in last night was not very impressive. A "quality loss" is still a loss.
Week 2 - Saturday, 3:30 PM, hosting Furman (0-1)
5. Miami (1-0, 0-0)
Miami is one of the teams who impressed me this past weekend. Yes, they played Bethune-Cookman. But for a team as desperate for signs that they're "Bringing back the U", a shutout is a good sign no matter who they are playing. Miami's defense held their opponent to less than 100 total yards. As the season continues, this is a team to watch.
Week 2 - Friday, 8 PM, on the road against Florida Atlantic (0-1)
6. Louisville (0-1, 0-0)
Louisville had quite the roller coaster of a performance on Saturday against Auburn. From the initial excitement on the first play of finding out who the QB is going to be, to the outstanding debut of Josh Harvey-Clemons, the game was full of excitement. Going down 24-0 to start the game was never the plan, but the comeback brought some optimism for both this team and this program going forward. Lamar Jackson is going to be a stud.
Week 2 - Saturday, 12 PM, hosting Houston (1-0)
7. NC State (1-0, 0-0)
NC State is one of those teams who could possibly come out of nowhere and compete this season. The main reason that is a possibility is because of the play of QB Jacoby Brissett. As the season goes on, this is a big season for the Wolfpack, and improvement is expected from last season's results.
Week 2 - Saturday, 6 PM, hosting Eastern Kentucky (1-0)
8. UNC (0-1, 0-0)
UNC played a tough game against South Carolina, one they could have easily won if it wasn't for all of their mistakes. Williams had several chances in the red zone, but he made a couple of bad reads which resulted in interceptions in the end zone. The defense had a superb first half and looks much improved so far. Elijah Hood and Bug Howard are two players from this team that could break out if they can continue the production.
Week 2 - Saturday, 6 PM, hosting North Carolina A&T (1-0)
9. Duke (1-0, 0-0)
Duke played Tulane, and were very slow out of the gate before really putting the game away in the second half. Thomas Sirk looked impressive in his season debut, throwing for nearly 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 37-7 win. Johnell Barnes seems to be the new number one at WR, replacing Jamison Crowder.
Week 2 - Saturday, 6 PM, hosting North Carolina Central (1-0)
10. Virginia (0-1, 0-0)
Virginia played a tough UCLA team week one, and held their own in not letting UCLA pull away. The defense is still a work in progress, as true freshman QB Josh Rosen lit up the Cavalier secondary, and in some people's opinions he leads the Heisman race. AFTER ONE GAME. Taquan Mizell looks like a star in this Virginia offense, and if it wasn't for the insanely difficult schedule, this team would be destined for a bowl bid. Instead, we'll wait to find out the fate of Coach Mike London.
Week 2 - Saturday, 3:30 PM, hosting Notre Dame (1-0)
11. Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0)
The loss of James Conner for the season is going to be tough.
Week 2 - Saturday, 6 PM, hosting Akron (0-1)
12. Boston College (1-0, 0-0)
Week 2 - Saturday, 1 PM, hosting Howard (0-1)
13. Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0)
Week 2 - Saturday, 12:30 PM, on the road against Syracuse (1-0)
14. Syracuse (1-0, 0-0)
The loss of Terrel Hunt for the season really stings.
Week 2 - Saturday, 12:30 PM, hosting Wake Forest
Ready. Set. Go.