So get your tickets ready for Tampa, Georgia Tech and Clemson, but you two still have some big rivalry games ahead of you–will be interesting to see how these teams handle the success going into those respective games. As for Boston College, you had a solid season with all the adversity–and your two ACC losses are on the road at Clemson and Virginia Tech, the ACC’s toughest home fields–nothing to hang the head about. FSU’s win over Wake was the one shocker this week and it looks like the ACC will get a 7th bowl elgible team from them, but after that, Duke is our only shot at an 8th team to fulfill the bowl slots.
1)..(1)…Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..10-1(7-1 ACC)
The trip to Tampa was punched for the Jackets after a 3 TD second quarter that gave GT a 28-10 lead at the half on the way to a 49-10 beatdown of the Blue Devils. Dwyer would make an impact on the ground with 110 and 2 TDs while Nesbitt threw not one–but two passing TDs in the romp. They get a well-deserved week off before facing their rival UGA in Atlanta.
2)..(2)..Clemson Tigers………………7-3(5-2 ACC)
The Tigers avoided any resemblance of a letdown game by completing dominating their game with the Pack wire-to-wire. C.J. Spiller would hit the college football cycle with a TD run, TD catch, and TD throw with 158 total yards on the day(trip to NY should be set by now). The Tigers almost got help from UVA as Virginia led late but failed to knock off the Eagles, but the ‘Hoos will get one more shot to aid the Tigers’ trip to Tampa with being Clemson’s sixth win in-a-row.
3)…(4)…Virginia Tech Hokies…………………7-3(4-2 ACC)
You really wonder where this team is at times for the Hokies. It appears to show in games of absolutely no significance more often than not with this VT team as they would trounce the Terps 36-9. Hokies QB Tyrod Taylor and RB Ryan Williams would combine for 394 of Virginia Tech’s 484 total yards and score 4 TDs. There really is no excuse for the Hokies to lose again this season, but motivation could be the issue–a good bowl should be in their future with a 9 win season.
4)..(5)..Boston College Eagles………………….7-3(4-2 ACC)
BC barely got the road win monkey off of their back in Charlottesville with the 14-10 win. They rode Montel Harris to victory late in the game as Shinskie struggled. Virginia’s defense is playing fairly well so I won’t pile on the Eagles too much–but that game with UNC is looking increasingly tougher.
5)..(6)..North Carolina Tar Heels………………………7-3(3-3 ACC)
Got to give credit to Butch Davis for this second half surge of the Heels as they pulled out a big win over Miami 33-24. UNC’s ball-hawking D and Jacory Harris’ ill-advised throws were a perfect combination for the upset and Kendric Burney would benefit the most with 3 INTs and a return and lateral that led to a defensive TD. Another key to this one was UNC QB Yates not losing it for them as he would be a steady 17 for 31 with 200+ yards and a TD. The Heels have gone from not making a bowl to being quite an attractive team for bowls with how they are playing right now.
6)..(3)..Miami Hurricanes………………………7-3(4-3 ACC)
The Canes obviously have been figured out. I don’t know how else to explain it–they are the anti-Clemson right now with not being able to use their talent effectively or stop anybody in key situations on defense. Harris would throw 4 INTs, but put up over 300 yards passing. Watch out next week against Duke folks–even at home–noon game coming off massive letdown with 15,000 in the stands–could be the recipe for another disastrous upset.
7)..(8)..Florida State Seminoles……………5-5(3-4 ACC)
So yeah, we all saw this coming–they lose their excellent QB in Christian Ponder to start a freshman and go on the road to Wake Forest for Skinner’s last home game–and the ‘Noles win by 13. The future is indeed bright for the Noles, offensively atleast, with their QB Manuel’s solid performance in the win. FSU’s running attack with Manuel, Jones, and Thomas all tacking on rushing TDs would be key. The Noles’ play-in game to a bowl is next week at home against Maryland–so yeah, they will be bowling somewhere.
8)..(7)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………5-5(3-3 ACC)
When it rains–it pours for the Blue Devils who had such high hopes a couple weeks ago, but as I referenced earlier, I think their shot a bowl increased today with the blowout loss instead of decreasing as they face two reeling, unmotivated teams down the stretch. As for the game, they led at the end of the 1st quarter, but the Jackets’ attack is a four quarter monster that is hard to contain.
9)..(9)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…4-6(2-5 ACC)
Skinner’s swan song at BB&T was falling at the hands of a freshman QB which completes the cycle as he was a freshman QB that shocked the Noles a few years ago. The Deacs just lost too much and had too tough a schedule to really do anything in the ACC this season.
10)..(10)….Virginia Cavaliers…………………..3-7(2-4 ACC)
Virginia really has put up a fight in their last few losses, but do not have a good enough team to pull out these kind of games. But, I would strongly consider sending the white flag ahead to Clemson and not making the trip because that one is going to get ugly with how charged up they will be.
11)..(11)..North Carolina State Wolfpack………….4-6(1-5 ACC)
Russell Wilson was solid in the loss, but again, his defense could not stop anything and he did not have the ability to lead his offense single-handedly to the win. NC State could have used some early success against the Tigers, but Clemson’s D would hold them scoreless when it counted and only allowed points with a big lead on their side.
12)..(12)..Maryland Terrapins……………………2-8(1-5 ACC)
Well, I said double digit losses pre-Clemson win and we are approaching that mark at a steady pace. The trip to FSU does not look promising at all and their game with BC at home could be interesting–possible win if BC is not focused, but the Eagles have the monkey off the back so they might just go Hokies on them.
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