State-Wide Top Ten:
#1 Wake Forest(3-0)…Sam Swank enabled the Demon Deacons to remain perfect for 2008 at (3-0) with his four field goals that gave WFU the 12-3 victory over the Florida State Seminoles last Saturday night in Tallahassee. This week the Deacs will entertain The Naval Academy at BB&T Field with a 3:45 kickoff. Last week Navy beat Rutgers 23-21.
#2) East Carolina(3-1)â€¦The Pirates suffered a very hard loss that was equally hard to stomach as they watched N.C. State steal an overtime victory in Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium. ECU dropped it 30-24 in OT and now East Carolina gets ready for the Houston Cougars(1-3) who will be entering Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this Saturday at 3:30.
#3) Elon(3-1)â€¦This is the team to keep an eye and ear on this week. Went down to Statesboro, Georgia and beat the Georgia Southern Eagles(Erk Russell’s old team) 22-20 on a field goal by Andrew Wilcox, with only 6 seconds remaining in the game, and the Phoenix are flying high as they prepare to take on new Southern Conference member Samford(2-1) at home in Rhodes Stadium this week. Scott Riddle, QB from ER, was 27-45 for 308 yards.
#4) Wingate(4-0)â€¦The Bulldogs beat Elizabeth City State 15-7 to remain as one of the only few college unbeatens(see Wake Forest) left in the state of North Carolina. Wingate will have Tusculum at home on Saturday.
#5) Duke(2-1)â€¦The Blue Devils had last week off to celebrate their two wins and now it’s back to work for the Dukies as they host the (1-2) Virginia Cavaliers at noon in Wallace Wade Stadium. If Duke would have beaten Northwestern and let’s say they knock off UVA, we would be watching the complete turn-around of a (4-0) season. Better take the (3-1) and be happy with it.
#6) North Carolina(2-1)â€¦The Heels couldn’t hold the 17-3 lead over Virginia Tech and they lost starting QB TJ Yates in the process of their of their 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Hokies in Chapel Hill last week and now the Heels hit the road and travel to face a vey tough defensive team in the Hurricanes of Miami at noon this Saturday in the Sunshine state.
#7) Appalachian State(1-2)â€¦The Mountaineers fell to Mickey Matthews and his James Madison Dukes 35-32 up in the Shenendoah Mountains and this week ASU returns to Boone to play host to Presbyterian in the Smokie Mountains.
#8) UNC-Pembroke(3-1)â€¦The Braves snuck out with a win as they rallied to beat Jacksonville 22-21 last Saturday. Freshman Jamaral Rease from Grimsley has two tackles and 6 assists so far in 2008 for UNC-P. The Braves travel to face Lane College this week.
#9) Guilford College(2-1)â€¦The Quakers lost to Averett 31-24 on the road up in Danville, Virginia and they take to the highway again this week as they pull into Hampden-Sydney, back up in Virginia for the second straight week.
#10) Greensboro College(2-1)â€¦The Pride shutout Gallaudet 34-0 at Jamieson Stadium last Saturday and they will be back home again this week hosting Maryville, Tennessee, Saturday night at 7pm.
*****Dropped out N.C. A&T(2-2)…Lost 44-7 on the road at Hampton Institute, home this week versus Coastal Carolina. Others receiving votes N.C. State(2-2) after last week’s big 30-24 OT win over East Carolina and the Pack is home this week versus the unbeaten South Florida Bulls and State will have to go on without new-found star, QB Russell Wilson.*****