The Washington Times - September 4, 2008, 05:55PM

The title worked so well last week, it will stay even on the weeks there isn’t a Thursday night game to contend with. This week’s games are all on Saturday.

Ten games this week involving 11 teams (North Carolina has its first bye heading into a game at Rutgers), so let’s get to it:


* Georgia Tech at Boston College (Chs. 20, 54): Eagles 24-20. Boston College is stout at home traditionally and should be sharper than last week’s victory against Kent State in Cleveland. The learning process could lead to some rough days for the Yellow Jackets, and this has a chance to be one of them.

* Furman at Virginia Tech: Hokies 35-7. The gradual climb back begins with the help of Tyrod Taylor. He won’t be needed against the Paladins, but you have to wonder about an older offensive line that still couldn’t buy the struggling Sean Glennon time last week against East Carolina.

* The Citadel at Clemson: Tigers 49-3. After a deflating loss, this one could get truly ugly in Tigertown. Here’s betting James Davis and C.J. Spiller surpass their output from the opener in about two plays.

* Mississippi at Wake Forest (ESPN2):  Demon Deacons 31-21. Wow, was Wake Forest sharp against Baylor. They should beat the Rebels easily if they play just as well, but chances are things get tighter this week in Winston-Salem.

* Richmond at Virginia (ESPNU): Cavaliers 17-16. These teams met in Al Groh‘s first home game back in 2001, and that was the score. So with Virginia likely a bit down, why not some struggles against a good team from the former Division I-AA.

* Western Carolina at Florida State: Seminoles 34-7. Florida State could win this game if it had 20 plays with both their arms tied behind their backs. While wearing street clothes. Which is exactly what will happen. At least the street clothes part, anyway.

* William & Mary at N.C. State: Wolfpack 20-12. Absolutely zero reason to have confidence in N.C. State until they prove they can score at least once a game.

* Maryland at Middle Tennessee (CSN): Terps 24-10. The Blue Raiders are incredibly short-handed, and Maryland won’t have the excuse of hot weather after what it’s been like in College Park the last few days. But until the Terps can roll up a ton of points, it’s not smart to set expectations too high.

* Northwestern at Duke: Blue Devils 27-24. Duke routed James Madison in week one, and Northwestern eventually pulled away from Syracuse. The Blue Devils were more impressive, in part because they faced the tougher team. Looks like David Cutcliffe has a shot at 2-0 to begin his tenure in Durham.

* Miami at Florida: Gators 31-10. The Swamp is no place for a quarterback to make his first career start. Yet that’s what Robert Marve will do on Saturday. This should not be an offensive showcase for the Hurricanes, who still have a ways to go in their rebuilding project.

Last week’s record: 9-2 (missed on losses by Clemson and Virginia Tech)

Preseason picks record: 9-2

Picks this week changed from preseason selections: None

—- Patrick Stevens