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Eagles' trip to USC highlights Week 3 in ACC

Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:56am

A look at five things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 3 of the season:

- GAME OF THE WEEK: Boston College can give the ACC its third win against big-name programs when the Eagles visit Southern California. BC opened Steve Addazio's tenure with home wins against Villanova and Wake Forest, and can prove it should be taken seriously at USC. The Trojans are in disarray after losing to Washington State in an inept performance that has coach Lane Kiffin catching heat once again. "You want to go out there and play well," Addazio said, adding that "there are a lot of eyes watching."

- BEST MATCHUP: There's sure to be bad blood in Connecticut when Maryland coach Randy Edsall returns after bailing on the Huskies following their Fiesta Bowl appearance three years ago. Edsall knows boos are coming and says "maybe my golf buddies" will be among the few cheering for him. Beyond that, it's the first road test for the Terrapins, who have beaten up two overmatched opponents.

- INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The ACC's only matchup of undefeated teams comes in Georgia Tech's visit to Duke. The sample sizes are small, but the Yellow Jackets - who won their only game by a 70-0 score - lead the nation in both scoring offense and defense, while the Blue Devils are sixth nationally in total defense (210.5 ypg) and ninth in scoring defense (7 ppg). Duke hasn't started 3-0 since 1994 and has beaten Georgia Tech only once (2003) since then.

- LONGSHOT: Virginia Tech shouldn't overlook an East Carolina program that always gets up for ACC opponents. Coach Frank Beamer says the chip-on-the-shoulder Pirates "have our attention and respect." The touchdown-favorite Hokies won the last meeting in Greenville 17-10 in 2011 but will get a test from Pirates QB Shane Carden (7 TDs, no interceptions) and a rowdy hostile crowd.

- IMPACT PLAYER: So what can Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston do for an encore Saturday against Nevada? The redshirt freshman threw for 356 yards and four TDs on 25-for-27 passing in his debut at Pittsburgh. After an early bye week, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is still waiting to see how Winston handles adversity because "you can't make all the right decisions, all the time, every game, every day."