Maryland, Wake Forest and Virginia were expected to be bringing up the rear in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Instead, they share the top of standings.
Their unbeaten status is sure to be tested Saturday.
The Demon Deacons play at No. 5 Florida State, the Cavaliers travel to Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-1 ACC) and the Terrapins are at home against Connecticut (1-1.
Players and coaches at all three schools feel good about their situations, and know they have to prove their starts are no fluke.
Wake Forest safety Daniel Mack says being unbeaten is not surprising. He says the Demon Deacons know "if we do the things that we have to do, we're going to get the outcome we want."