There weren't too many games in the ACC this week, but there were a few exciting ones. Many things were settled this week during ACC play and some things left us even more confused. Here is a recap of week 9 of the college football season in the ACC:
#2 Bost College vs. #8 Virginia Tech
Ahh the Thursday night matchup that everyone was looking foreward to. We would finally get to see if Boston College was a top notch program deserving the #2 spot, or the fraud that many people that they were. Well the game was not pretty, but Boston College squeaked out a win in Blacksburg, 14-10. This late into the season it is not about style points in college football, but getting the win and staying undefeated. With Florida's loss against Georgia this weekend, Matt Ryan solidfied his top Heisman status, because while he may have had a terrible game this week, he lead his team to victory, and that is what it is all about. Virginia Tech may not be as good as they once were, but a win in a hostile enviroment shows that Boston College is ready for the big time.
#21 Virginia vs. NC State
A surprise team coming out of the ACC this year has been Virginia, but NC State showed that they were not intimidated, playing possibly their best game of the season and winning 29-24. Injuries and quarterbacking problems have hurt the Wolfpack this year, but a magnicient game from Daniel Evans-career high 347 passing yards and 3 touchdowns-helped the Pack get their first win in ACC play of the season. While State looks to be moving upward, Virginia looks like they are falling at the same pace. With one point victories over both Conneticut and Maryland, and a two point victory over Middle Tenn. State, the Cavaliers may not be the strong team they thought they were. This game just shows that the ACC Coastal Division is up for grabs, and no one has a strangle hold on the division.
Clemson vs. Maryland
Earlier this season this would have been a huge matchup, but lately its just for positioning in the conference. Clemson took this game big, 30-17, scoring 20 points in the second quarter alone. James Davis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown for Clemson, made mistake after mistake, giving the ball away twice. Clemson is one of those teams that compete year after year for an ACC title, and a matchup with BC in a few weeks may decide the Atlantic Divison in the long run.
Duke vs. Florida State
Florida State may be sliding in the minds of ACC fans over the past two years, but there was never any doubt in anyone's mind of who was going to win this game. Duke is Duke, and even though earlier this season they snapped a losing streak of 20+ games, they better enjoy, because they will not see another one soon. Florida State rolled up a season high 534 yards and 30 first downs, in a 25-6 blow out of the Blue Devils. Florida State won't be compeating for an ACC title this year, but a loss against Duke would have dealt a devistating blow; luckily they won't have to deal with that stigma this season.
North Carolina vs. Wake Forest
And now for the game that I was most interesting in this weekend, my Tar Heels going into BB&T Stadium and taking on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. UNC outgained Wake in Total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and kicking yards, but could not overcome pivitol mistakes, and were demolished by the Deacs 37-10. I thought that UNC would play better after the bye week, but youth showed its ugly face against, and the Tar Heels just seemed out matched on the field. Wake maintained their second place spot in the Atlantic Division, and UNC fell to fifth in the Coastal. Butch Davis will have a good team in a few years, but now chalk this loss up to inexperience for the young Heels.