Florida State at Virginia, noon, Ch. 44, 1040-AM
The Cavaliers (2-1) are looking to make a statement in their ACC opener, and they're hoping their fans will help. Virginia is giving away white T-shirts to fans as they enter Scott Stadium to create a whiteout. The Cavs have played well under first-year coach Mike London, but their two wins have come against I-AA competition (Richmond and VMI). They did go out to Los Angeles on Sept. 11 and play then-No. 16 USC close, losing 17-14 thanks, in part, to limiting the Trojans in the second half to a field goal and scoring a touchdown with four seconds left. That result caught the attention of the Seminoles (3-1, 1-0), who are looking for their first road win. Virginia's defensive numbers are also eye-catching. It's seventh nationally in scoring (12.3 points per game), 19th in overall defense (280.3 yards per game) and might have the league's best cornerback tandem in Chase Minnifield (three interceptions) and Ras-I Dowling, who is on the watch list for several awards and last week returned from a hamstring injury.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer
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Florida State, which leads the nation in sacks (19), knocked out the starting quarterbacks for BYU (Riley Nelson, season-ending shoulder injury) and Wake Forest (Tanner Price, concussion) . Virginia senior Marc Verica, right, is backed up by redshirt freshman Ross Metheny (4-of-5 for 53 yards and a touchdown) and freshman Michael Rocco (4-of-6 for 64 yards, one touchdown and one interception).