Got some more power rankings, for ya today and also some looks ahead at the Virginia Tech Hokies. Today is likely to be a slower day on here than yesterday due to busy schedules, but we will try to get our power rankings up either tonight or tomorrow. Q and A's, and previews are coming later in the week. TN will have a film review out at some point today of this past Saturday, and I would highly encourage a reading of that to increase your football knowledge. I will FanShot it when I see it up over there.
Status of Josh Harris is up in the air for Satuday. Said on his Twitter yesterday that he would hopefully be ready to go.
Click through the jump for today's links
Midseason report: Virginia Tech - ACC Blog - ESPN
A closer look beyond the scores would show hints of offensive struggles leading up to the ACC opener against Clemson. Quarterback Logan Thomas conceded even he was surprised he only threw for 91 yards against the East Carolina defense. With 12 penalties and two turnovers, the Hokies were fortunate to escape ECU with a 17-10 road win in what would be their toughest nonconference game of the season.
"He's made out of the right stuff," Tech coach Frank Beamer said of Thomas. "I always thought he was. I always knew he was. He's poised. He's tough. He's a great leader. He's under control. He's a guy you want leading your football team."
Grobe has made a solid case for ACC Coach of the Year through the first half of the season, as the Deacs are 3-0 in conference play for the first time in school history and are 4-1 for the first time since 2008. With the win over FSU, Wake Forest ended a streak of five straight losses to ranked opponents and put itself right in the mix to win the Atlantic Division title. The Deacs are confident from a four-game winning streak, and much of that can be attributed to the improvement of quarterback Tanner Price.
4. Wake Forest (4-1) – Most preseason predictions did not have the Demon Deacons even earning four wins all year. As the midpoint of the 2011 season approaches, it’s clear Wake Forest is a much-improved team and will be a factor in the ACC title race. The Demon Deacons knocked off Florida State 35-30 on Saturday, which was their fourth win in six games against the Seminoles. Wake Forest has another tough conference game this week, as Virginia Tech visits Winston-Salem this Saturday.
Coach Frank Beamer called the mounting injuries along Virginia Tech’s defensive line "a tremendous concern," during his Monday teleconference. The team already lost defensive tackles Antoine Hopkins and Kwamaine Battle for the year because of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, but the Hokies could now be without starting defensive end James Gayle when they travel to Wake Forest this weekend for another pivotal conference game.
WAKE FOREST WILL WIN IF: The Demon Deacons can get an effecting running game going against a thin Virginia Tech defensive front. The Hokies defense has been hit hard by injuries, particularly on the defensive line. It showed late in the game against Miami as Lamar Miller took over for the Hurricanes in the fourth quarter, collecting all 90 yards on the way to Miami's final touchdown. Wake Forest running back Josh Harris is fresh off a 100-yard performance against Florida State, and backup Brandon Pendergrass has been effective in short yardage situations. The Hokies back seven is well coached and will be less likely to bite on many of the trick plays, so a solid rushing attack will be needed to keep them honest.
2. Jim Grobe knows how to coach them up: I keep wondering when some school is going to wise up and hire Jim Grobe for a high-profile, big-money job. What Grobe is doing at Wake Forest really shouldn't be possible in modern day college football. According to the school's website, Wake Forest has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,569. Its stadium, BB&T Field, seats 31,500. Its athletics budget ($38 million) is about half of its state rival, North Carolina. But on Saturday, Wake Forest beat Florida State (enrollment: 31,000) for the fourth time in six years. After winning the ACC championship in 2006 and posting the only 11-win season in school history, Wake Forest went 9-4 and 8-5. After two seasons of rebuilding the program, Grobe has the Deacons at 4-1 and is 3-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history.
4)..(6)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…4-1 (3-0 ACC) How about them Deacs? Jim Grobe’s Wake Forest crew held on when the ‘Noles inserted banged-up starting quarterback E.J. Manuel and scored immediately to end the first half – tacking on the touchdowns in the second half for a 35-30 win to stay perfect in ACC play.