ACC Notebook from Week Five: Most Teams Still on the Rise

Kenneth Julian IIICorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2008

At least fans of Wake Forest (3-1, 1-0) can say they finally got the bad game out of their system after two-plus years. Giving the ball away six times and not being able to get out of their own way in the running game proved to be the decisive blow in a close loss to Navy.


Clemson (3-2, 1-1) is going in the wrong direction in a hurry. It is still a talented team, but you can start to smell the hot seat burning under Tommy Bowden. Even though this has happened before, it seems that the yearly end-of-the-year run will not help him this time.


I have never seen a team with its only loss this far into the season coming to a Sun Belt opponent. I think people forget that Maryland (4-1, 1-0) now has two victories over opponents ranked in the top 25 before the respective games.


Duke (3-1, 1-0) has finally done it. After losing 25 straight ACC games, the Blue Devils get one under their belt. It was not pretty, but they were able to get the offense going a little in the second half. At 3-1, this team looks like it is on its way in the right direction. David Cutcliffe is building a program.


Boston College (3-1, 0-1) did what it was supposed to do in blowing out Rhode Island, is are quietly having a better season then some thought they would.


Florida State (3-1, 0-1) finally got its running game going against a decent team. If the Seminoles can just get the quarterbacks settled (and the running game will help that), then this will be a tough team to beat with that defense coming around.


That might be the worst way to lose a game for Miami (2-2, 0-1). I mean, it had the touchdown, all he had to do is come down with it. Let me say this, that was a great throw, and what would have been a great catch. This team, with Robert Marve at quarterback, is destined for some great things, but....


North Carolina (3-1, 1-1) made the plays at the end of the game. Both of those teams were young, but you kind of got the feeling that Miami was a bit younger than the Tar Heels. And Tremaine Goddard showed that by making to critical interceptions in the final minute. North Carolina and Miami are the fastest risers in a conference that is filled with them.


That was a huge win for Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) in Lincoln. They have played really well the past three weeks, pulling out wins in tough games. The ECU game is beginning to look more and more like an aberration.


This was the kind of game that NC State (2-3, 0-1) did not need. Harrison Beck could not get anything going right, completing 8-of-32 attempts. There was no running game to speak of, and as the rain came down it got worse. Tom O'Brien will get this ship righted, but this looks like it will take time. The team really misses injured quarterback Russell Wilson.


Virginia (1-3, 0-1) needed new passer Marc Verica to come out and play better than that. No one was expecting him to take the team on his back, but to throw four interceptions, when the game was still in the balance, is not a good start. With the dismissal of Peter Lalich, there seems to be some serious problems at the quarterback position.