The ACC had a solid showing in week one of the 2010 season. There wasn't too much to get excited about considering the opponents that each team played, but at least there were no glaring losses.
Miami and Florida State had successful showings as they prepare for their tough matchups in week two, against Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Virginia won their first opener since 2005 against Richmond, but have a slightly tougher task next weekend when they travel to Southern California to take on the Trojans.
However, the most impressive performance in week one of the ACC comes in a loss. Many thought North Carolina was dead in the water heading into their nationally televised, prime time matchup against LSU.
The Tar Heels were in the game early, and then the flood gates opened up late in the second quarter, and many thought the game was done with a 30-10 halftime score that favored LSU. However, the Tar Heels played tough in the second half, and had a dynamite fourth quarter, and could have won the game if it wasn't for a couple of drops in the endzone as time expired.
Those games lead us up to Labor Day, as Virginia Tech gets set to take on Boise State. All the hype, analysis and predictions will be answered at FedEx Field tonight. Eight months of speculation will finally come to an end, and we'll know who is the legitimate national title contender of the two after the matchup.
Both teams are talented, and you can present a valuable argument for the success of each team. Boise State has proven in the past that they can beat the top teams in the nation, but that's when they were flying under the national radar. Now Boise is being seen and heard by everyone, and it will be interesting to see how the Broncos handle the spotlight tonight.
The Hokies are constantly in the national spotlight, but have a few players to replace defensively. Everyone knows the story by now that the Hokies have seven new starters on defense, but you can expect that Bud Foster will have this unit ready to go.
Then of course, you have these two high-powered offenses. This is what everyone really wants to see. Kellen Moore is coming off a season where he threw 39 touchdowns and only three picks, and Tyrod Taylor is coming off a year where he ranked near the top in the nation in passing efficiency.
The Hokies also get to show off their talent in the backfield with Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. Tonight will be the first time these two are in the backfield at the same time, and stopping this attack is no task that an opposing coach wants to take on.
After 10 ACC games this weekend, this is the one everyone has been waiting for. This is the game that's expected to answer some questions about the toughness and strength of the ACC in 2010, and the Hokies will provide a few answers tonight.
Next weekend will give us a better idea of what to think about the conference as a whole with some big games against the Big 10 and Big 12. However, Virginia Tech-Boise State is the measuring stick, and the ACC preseason favorite Virginia Tech Hokies will have to prove that the ACC is on the rise, and will be a formidable power in 2010.
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