Another exciting week has rolled by in the ACC football season, and what an exciting week it was! A national power house goes down, a former power house continues its downward slide,and another shows glimpses of it old greatness. The ACC did not dissapoint this week, and here is a recap of week 10 of the college football season in the ACC:
#11 Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech
ESPN might as well call their Thursday night games Hokie night, because once again the early game this week involved Virginia Tech. The Hokies (7-2, 4-1) went down to Georgia Tech (5-4, 2-4)and massacured them in their own house, 37-3. It was Georgia Tech's lowest scoring game since 2004 when they only put up three points against Miami.
Without his V-Tech jersey, quarterback Sean Glennon threw for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 71 yard strike to Josh Morgan. Georgia Tech could not overcome their quarterback's mistakes, as Taylor Bennet threw 4 interceptions.
Virginia Tech had a big bounce back win from their loss to BC last weekend and look poised for an ACC title run. They have two more games before their matchup against Virginia in their last game of the regular season, and that matchup should determine the ACC Coastal division, and a spot in the ACC championship game.
Florida State vs. #2 Boston College
The game everyone had their eye on this week was Florida State against Boston College. The Eagles were a national title contender until the Seminoles came in to Chestnut Hill and upset them this week, 27-17. The Seminoles (6-3, 3-3) are usually the ones in position to be upset this time of the year, and while the once power house program may not be one of the top programs in the nation this year, upsetting Boston College (8-1, 4-1) may help to save their season.
Matt Ryan's play the last two weeks has been shaky, and the Eagles couldn't overcome his mistakes this week. Ryan threw for over 400 yards this week, but he also threw three picks-one that went for a touchdown in the final minutes of the game. De'Cody Fagg had a big game for the 'Noles, catching 6 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
While the Eagles may not be in the hunt for a national title now, they are still looking forward to an ACC championship game. Matt Ryan's Heisman hopes may be over, but the team's championship dreams are still achievable.
#21 Wake Forest vs. Virginia
Another game with ACC title implications, Wake Forest went into Virginia looking to gain ground on Boston College, while Virginia looked to hold serve in the Coastal division. The Cavaliers (8-2, 5-1) once again came out with a victory, with a 1 yard touchdown run by Mikell Simpson with 2:18 to play, to overcome the Deacons (6-3, 4-2) 17-16.
Wake Forest had a chance to win this game at the end, but usually automatic kicker Sam Swank missed a 47 yard field goal, his second miss of the game. Virginia was led by Jameel Sewell who passed for 225 yards and threw a touchdown pass earlier in the game.
Virginia's destiny in the ACC is in their own hands now, while Wake may be out of the hunt barring a BC collapse.
#25 Clemson vs. Duke
No game is a lock in Clemson's book, but the Tigers (7-2, 4-2) took down the Blue Devils (1-8, 0-6) 47-10 in a rout Saturday. The last time Duke won an ACC game was in 2004 when Clemson visited Duke in Durham, but the Devils couldn't bottle any of the magic left over from that game.
James Davis was a force in this game, gaining 118 yards and a touchdown with only 8 rushes. Duke's offense came up short against the Tigers, only racking up 198 total yards of offense.
This game continued Duke's ACC loosing streak, giving them the total of 23 straight ACC losses. Clemson looks to stay atop the ACC, and a game in two weeks against Boston College may clean up the cluttered Atlantic Division.
Maryland vs. North Carolina
Maryland had a four game win streak against the Heels, but that was snapped on North Carolina's homecoming day this weekend. The Terps (4-5, 1-5) went down to the Heels (3-6, 2-3) 16-13.
Turtle power wasn't enough to overcome the Heels defense, who held the high powered Maryland rush attack to only 110 yards and a touchdown. The Carolina offense threw for over 200 yards and rushed for 93, showing their balanced attack. Connor Barth kicked three field goals for the Heels, and reciever Hakeem Nicks had the lone touchdown for UNC.
The Heels are out of the ACC race, but it seems that Butch Davis' coaching is finally starting to pay off for the young squad as they are finally learning how to close out games. Maryland is on a downhill spiral in the ACC, where all of their losses have accumulated.
North Carolina State vs. Miami
As Florida State showed the greatness they once possesed, Miami continued to loose their once proud luster. The Wolfpack (4-5, 2-3) downed the 'Canes (5-4, 2-3) on the road 19-16.
Miami led 10-0, and then the Hurricanes seemed to stop playing. State rallied back 16-13, on the play of quarterback Daniel Evans who had 207 yards passing and a touchdown run. Miami then tied it 16-16 and the game went into overtime. Miami's kicker then missed a field goal in overtime, giving the Wolfpack their second ACC victory this season.
Both teams are having dissapointing seasons, but State's outlook is looking up. They have a two game winning streak going into their rivalry game with North Carolina this weekend. Miami is still trying to become bowl eligable, and are looking week in and week out as one of the worst clubs in recent Miami history.
That was this week in the ACC. Come back next week for more game analysis and opinions.