A look around the ACC

Originally Published: October 20, 2004
By Doug Carlson | Special to
What's wrong with Miami's offensive line? Can Maryland find its offense? Will Florida State keep rolling against Wake Forest? Our ACC notebook addresses those questions, along with looks at Georgia Tech's improved defense, Virginia Tech's chances of climbing the rankings and more.


  • Coach Tommy Bowden is sympathetic about the problems Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is having figuring out how to make his offense work. Friedgen is the top offensive mind in the ACC, but his unit has had back-to-back games with less than 100 yards of total offense. "I've had my own share of struggles offensively, as do all coaches,'' Bowden said. "… His track record shows that he will find an answer for it pretty soon.''

    Bowden's reputation, meanwhile, has taken a beating this season, given the comparison between offensive production (Clemson leads only Duke in total offense in the ACC) and the number of returning players from a year ago. Bowden actually admitted to being impressed by how his brother got FSU receivers "wide open'' against Virginia, something the Tigers couldn't manage.