All eyes on Provo and the crazy Coastal 

October, 19, 2009

Let's get right into the most compelling storylines of college football for Week 8:

1. BYU's turn for revenge:

Last year, TCU swarmed BYU and wrecked the Cougars' "Quest for Perfection," ending the school's 16-game winning streak. It was also BYU's worst loss (32-7) since 2005. DE Jerry Hughes dominated the game. However, three years ago, the Cougars ended TCU's 13-game winning streak -- which was then the nation's best.

Presently, TCU is 6-0 for the first time since 2003 (and for only the third time in 67 years). A BCS bowl could be on the horizon for TCU; the BCS title game is a possibility, although it's admittedly a long shot. BYU also has its own streak on the line: With a win Saturday, the Cougars would extend their MWC record home win streak to 14 games, and a win over TCU would give BYU two wins over top-10 opponents (they beat No. 3 Oklahoma in the opener) for the first time in school history. "College GameDay" is even headed to Utah to check out the scene. Can QB Max Hall and the potent BYU offense rattle what has been a near flawless TCU defense?

One key here: Hall's offense leads the country in third-down conversions (over 64 percent). Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs' defense is fifth in third-down stops, limiting opponents to 24-of-89 on conversions (27 percent).

Another potential key for TCU this weekend: if Clemson, a team the Horned Frogs beat on the road, can upset the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes, which leads us to …

2. The crazy ACC Coastal race

This division -- not the Big 12 South or the SEC West -- might be the best division in terms of the top three teams within it; in this case, I refer to Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The odd twist: all three of them are tied for second place (along with Duke) with one conference loss. The first-place team: Virginia, the same team that opened the season with a loss to William & Mary.

Who has the best shot at the Coastal? Can Dan Mullen beat Urban Meyer like Steve Sarkisian beat Pete Carroll? How good is ND doing at recruiting for next year, and can that save Charlie Weis' job? How good is Texas' defense? All that -- and much more -- is answered in this blog, but you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider