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November 5, 2012

Monday Morning QB: Week 10

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Virginia Tech - Miami Thoughts

- Never thought We'd see a team this poor under Frank Beamer. It's the worst Tech showing in over 20 years, and it's just a disastrous season where nothing seems to go right. Junior quarterback Logan Thomas declining interviews after the Miami loss sums it all up.

- The team has never lacked effort this season, but it's like a big puzzle where none of the pieces fit. Plenty of young players have received valuable time and should develop into great players, but many would rather this season end now.

- It appears that Kentucky will be looking for an offensive-minded coach after firing Joker Phillips yesterday, but, what about Kentucky-born Bud Foster? After this type of season, it's difficult seeing the entire staff remaining intact come 2013. Could it be time for Foster to depart? He was born 1.5 hours from Lexington, and it's a job in the SEC. Could be interesting to see. It's a long shot, though.

- Thursday, at Lane, Florida State comes to town. A daunting task, yes, but it's a chance to forget most of what happened this season and try to end on a high not. Can the Hokies pull the upset?

ACC Power Poll

1. Florida State (8-1) - The Seminoles had a bye this week, but are still rolling. They easily took care of Duke Oct. 27 to remain squarely on top of the ACC.

2. Clemson (8-1) - The Tigers are ready to pounce should Florida State slip in its remaining two ACC games, at Virginia Tech and at Maryland. Junior quarterback Tajh Boyd is a machine, throwing for 344 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-20 beatdown of Duke.

3. North Carolina (6-3) - It's a shame the Tar Heels aren't eligible to play in the post-season this year because they're clearly the best team in a weak ACC coastal division. but the pieces are in place to make a big run next season.

4. Miami (5-4) - Miami has been up and down all season but has done just enough to put itself on top of the coastal division. The Hurricanes have looked terrible against top-level competition, but the season-finale at Duke could decide who represents the Coastal in the ACC title game.

5. Duke (6-4) - The Blue Devils are coming off back to back blowout losses to conference heavyweights Clemson and Florida State, but this is still a talented team. If they take care of Georgia Tech, they'll play Miami at home with a chance to play for the conference championship.

Conference Player of the Week Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd- Boyd keeps on rolling and easily took care of Duke Saturday. With the way he's played down the stretch, he's put himself in darkhorse contention for the Heisman trophy, as there's no clear front-runners this season. Still a longshot though, unless Clemson wins out. Florida State stumbling would open the door as well.

National Thoughts

1. It was astonishing what Alabama was able to do with little time late in the fourth quarter against LSU. T.J. Yeldon's screen pass for a touchdown kept the Crimson Tide's national title hopes alive. So far this season, Yeldon has 725 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, The next Darren McFadden?

2. A lot of people are still doubting Kansas State, who is No. 2 in the BCS. What more do you need to see? Three wins over ranked teams in three weeks, a win at Oklahoma and a blowout of Miami, what more is there? With games against TCU, Baylor and Texas, the team should be able to run the table in the regular season and is legit national title contender. And, while Collin Klein has received a lot of attention and is the Heisman favorite (12 passing touchdowns, 17 rushing touchdowns), running back John Hubert has been fantastic. With 760 yards and 12 touchdowns, the junior has been key.

3. But, is K-State better than Oregon? Wouldn't that be quite the battle to see? The Ducks put up 62 on USC, but their defense isn't nearly as good as the Wildcats' or Notre Dame. If both win out, K-State makes the national title game.

4. The Fighting Irish may have been caught looking ahead, struggling to beat a lowly Pittsburgh team in three overtimes. Notre Dame doesn't have a legit quarterback and that will likely prove costly later on this season. With ACC foes up next in Boston College and Wake Forest, USC is the last game of the season, and the only real threat standing in the Irish's way of perfection.

5. Wonder where we will see Louisville coach Charlie Strong soon? The former Florida assistant head coach has the Cardinals at No. 9 in the BCS at 9-0 and his name will be on the top of the list for many schools looking for a new head coach.

6. Pretty wild to see Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois as the leading rusher in college football. Not because of the school. After all, Garrett Wolfe ran for over 5,000 yards there from 2004-06. But, Lynch is a quarterback. With over 2,000 yards passing with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions, Lynch has 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. The junior is averaging nearly 20 carries a game for his high-powered offense.


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