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College football week 5 preview

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College football week 5 preview

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Miamis overtime win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta was just wild. The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 19-0 lead, then allowed the Yellow Jackets to score 36 unanswered and then rallied to beat Tech in overtime. Running back Mike James scored four touchdowns for Al Golden and company. Look at for these Canes.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Honestly, I dont think there was a letdown from last weeks games. Florida State and Clemson was even better than the ACC could have hoped for. Wake Forest, UNC, NC State and Duke all won their non-conference games like they were supposed to. Virginia Tech rebounded from their loss to Pittsburgh with a shutout over Bowling Green and even though Maryland lost, they still fought and scored a respectable 21 points against a very tough West Virginia defense. Virginias loss to TCU was not unexpected but there is drama brewing in Charlottesville.

BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEK'S GAMES
The New Hampshire-Old Dominion game was nothing short of epic. Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heineke set Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 passing yards. The sophomore was 55-79 with five touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. ODUs 64-61 victory over New Hampshire was another example of the CAAs level of play and their domination in the FCS.

Maryland: Bye week

Virginia: Head coach Mike London was noncommittal when asked about his starting quarterback moving forward. Michael Rocco has been ineffective the last three games while backup quarterback Phillip Sims has thrown three touchdown passes in the last two games.

This weekend the Wahoos host Louisiana Tech and this is no gimmie. The Bulldogs dominated Illinois last weekend 52-24. La Tech is averaging 54.7 points per game and are led by senior quarterback Colby Cameron who has 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. The Bulldogs did lose leading rusher Tevin King for the season to an ACL injury but freshman Kenneth Dixon is averaging 81.3 yards per game so dont expect a big drop-off.

PREDICTION: LOUISIANA TECH

Virginia Tech: I think we finally saw the offense click Saturday against Bowling Green. The Hokies once again got off to a slow start but quarterback Logan Thomas started connecting with his receivers and the plethora of running backs found holes and found the endzone.

This weekend the Hokies visit Cincinnati at FedEx Field. Head coach Frank Beamer is very respectful of both the Bearcats offense and defense. Thomas suffered a fingernail injury last Saturday that he described as only a college kid can (ick). Beamer said Tuesday morning that Thomas is a tough guy and will be fine for this weekend. Hokie Nation never passes up an opportunity to see their beloved team, especially at an NFL stadium. For those attending Saturdays game heres my heads up... find something or someone to hold on to during Enter Sandman. The stadium does indeed shake.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

There are two interesting matchups this weekend and neither are ones you would expect (or at least I wouldnt). NC State at Miami and Duke at Wake Forest. All four teams have a 3-1 record and for State and Duke this is their ACC opener. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time since 2008 while the Demon Deacons have won 12 straight against the Blue Devils. I think (I hope) both games go down to the wire and show the improvements by all four teams this season.

PREDICTION: MIAMI AND WAKE FOREST

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.