What’s coming to ‘ACC Gridiron LIVE’ this week

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer discusses special teams strategy with our own coach, Jim Grobe, on the next ACC Gridiron LIVE.

With one week of college football in the books, ‘ACC Gridiron LIVE’ presented by McAlister’s Deli will feature in-depth news and analysis from the conference’s season-opening slate of games.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning James Bates, former NFLers Alge Crumpler and Coy Wire and coach Jim Grobe will talk all things ACC football throughout the season, while current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will also appear each week as a contributor.

This week, the team looks at defending national champion Florida State’s struggles to put away Oklahoma State on a neutral field, Louisville’s impressive debut in ACC play with a big win over Miami and Virginia’s defensive effort against quarterback Brett Hundley and UCLA. Also, could Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas be the real deal?

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer also joins the show for a whiteboard diagram session discussing punt protecting schemes that have changed how coaches try and block punts. (The Hokies have blocked 131 kicks — punts, field goals or extra points — under Beamer in 27 years, but only four in last three seasons.) Pittsburgh’s record-breaking sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd also sits down for a one-on-one discussing his freshman season and what lies ahead for the Panthers.

Additionally, our crew will break down the Virginia Tech-Ohio State matchup, highlight two key matchups in our ACC Greatest Player Tournament (Tajh Boyd-Torry Holt and Julius Peppers-Peter Boulware) and make their picks for each of the 12 games on the ACC schedule in Week 2.

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