ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week Five

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 30, 2012 under ACC Football | Read the First Comment

Clemson gave up a bunch of yards again, but stepped up in the second half to close out the road win at BC (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC through five weeks…

1) Florida State Seminoles (LW: 1) – 5-0 (2-0 ACC)

Final: Florida State 30 USF 17 (Tampa)
Turning Point:
USF opened second half with a blocked punt-to-B.J. Daniels rushing touchdown to cut the FSU lead to 13-10, but the ‘Noles reeled off the next three scores (touchdown pass, field goal and 12-yard fumble return for touchdown) to take a commanding 30-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
Game-Ball: FSU DE Cornelius Carradine – 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced fumble.
Read Option:
FSU faced its toughest challenge on offense this season, a week after a big win and on the road, and got a passing grade and more importantly – a double-digit win before returning to ACC play at NC State next week in primetime.

2) Clemson Tigers (LW: 2) – 4-1 (1-1 ACC)

Final: Clemson 45 Boston College 31 (Chestnut Hill)
Turning Point: Stuffed on fourth-and-short, Clemson gave the ball back to BC up two touchdowns at their 46, and the Eagles hit a big play right out of the gate with a personal foul tacked on to the Tigers’ 14 with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter. Backup cornerback Garry Peters (No. 26 above in the pic), who was inserted in place of a struggling Darius Robinson, jumped a BC route for his first career interception to essentially seal the win.
Game-ball:
DeAndre Hopkins – Single-game school record 197 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Read Option: Much like FSU, this was a test coming off a physical game, and for the most part, they passed, down Sammy Watkins with an “abdominal virus” and surviving blown-coverages-aplenty in the secondary. The good teams find a way to win games like this and Clemson showed something in Chestnut Hill.

3) Miami Hurricanes (LW: 4) – 4-1 (3-0 ACC)

Final: Miami 44 NC State 37 (Miami)
Turning Point:
I still don’t believe what I saw – 32 seconds left, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris fakes the handoff and rolls right – evades pressure – and hits an open Phillip Dorsett behind three NC State defenders for the game-winning 62-yard touchdown connection. How, in that situation, a receiver can’t get behind an entire secondary is puzzling, but it happened all day so why wouldn’t it happen there.
Game-ball:
Miami QB Stephen Morris – 26-for-49 with 566(!) passing yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT.
Read Option: Who needs defense? The ‘Canes are tied for the most points allowed in the ACC through five weeks, and sit atop the Coastal at 3-0 headed into the Chicago trip to face Notre Dame. When they couldn’t run, Morris did more than enough and more than that in the passing game to torch a veteran State secondary. Very impressive, and a warning shot to the Coastal that these ‘Canes are going to be a factor.

4) Duke Blue Devils (LW: 9) – 4-1 (1-0 ACC)

Final: Duke 34 Wake Forest 27 (Winston-Salem)
Turning Point: After a Tanner Price bullet pass was deflected and intercepted at the Deacs 33, Duke running back Jela Duncan knifed through the Wake Forest defense untouched to the endzone to put the Blue Devils up two touchdowns with under 3 minutes to go.
Game-ball: Duke running game – The Blue Devils were determined to try to ram it down Wake’s throat (36 attempts) – not always successful (3.4 yards per carry), but capitalized in the endzone by punching in four scores.
Read Option: Huge, huge program win for Duke. With a tough schedule ahead, the Blue Devils may still not reach the elusive 6-win bowl mark, but they have proved they’ll have a shot come November.

5) Virginia Tech Hokies (LW: 3) – 3-2 (1-0 ACC)

Final: Cincinnati 27 Virginia Tech 24 (D.C.)
Turning Point:
Down by four with under 20 seconds left, Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux throws up a prayer to the goalline under pressure, and it’s answered with two Hokies defensive backs burned for the Bearcats’ game-winning score.
Glaring stat:
376 – The amount of passing yards Legaux dropped on the Hokies Saturday with three touchdowns completing just 19-of-42 passes (19.7 yards per completion) after averaging 206.5 YPG coming in.
Read Option: After day full of struggles on both sides of the ball, a 56-yard touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to Corey Fuller with 1:49 to go was going to be the turning point – a sigh of relief to conclude the out of conference slate with room for improvement needed headed into ACC play at UNC next week. 9 plays – 85 yards – 1:36 was all the Bearcats needed to dash that plan. Maybe it started all the way back in Charlotte last December, but this isn’t the same Hokies that’s hit double-digit wins year after year. We’ll still likely give them the benefit of the doubt in the Coastal, for now, but Frank Beamer is still looking for answers with this team.

6) NC State Wolfpack (LW: 7) – 3-2 (0-1 ACC)

Final: Miami 44 NC State 37 (Miami) 
Glaring stat:
11 – The amount of explosive plays Miami hit through the air (16+ yards).
Read Option: You’d like to think 664 offensive yards and 44 points will get it done on the road, but no, it wasn’t thanks to a scorched Pack secondary. Back to the drawing board, or just time to make changes defensively going into a matchup with one of the more efficient offenses in college football right now, No.3 FSU, next week.

7) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (LW: 5) – 2-3 (1-2 ACC)

Final: Middle Tennessee State 49 Georgia Tech 28 (Atlanta)
Turning Point: Georgia Tech, trailing 28-21 in the third quarter, took 7:07 off the clock in a drive into MTSU territory, only to turn over on downs with an 11-yard pass on 4th-and-12. Next play, Blue Raider quarterback Logan Kilgore connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass with Marcus Henry for the two score lead.
Glaring Stat: 6 – Yards per carry allowed to MTSU.
Read Option: Letdown game or just bad, really bad, no-good defense? Probably a combo of both, but if last week wasn’t a signal, Saturday was a blaring tornado siren not only for the course of this season – but for some, the Paul Johnson era in the ATL.

8) North Carolina Tar Heels (LW: 10) – 3-2 (0-1 ACC)

Final: UNC 66 Idaho 0 (Chapel Hill)
Turning Point: Apparently, it was when Idaho stomped on the American-flag-flavored-stylized-midfield-logo, according to UNC tight end Eric Ebron.
Game-ball:
UNC RB Gio Bernard – Bernard showed some of the burst we saw in week one with a 68-yard touchdown run, racking up 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns total.
Read Option: If you had any doubts about what Fedora can do with an offense, yeah – 575 yards and 66 points will set your mind at ease (or make you uneasy as an opposing fan). Perennial Coastal power and currently struggling Virginia Tech comes to town for what will be a statement game for both teams next week.

9) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: 7) – 3-2 (1-2 ACC)

Final: Duke 34 Wake Forest 27 (Winston-Salem)
Glaring stat:
4 – Deacs turnovers in a close game, and Duke scored three touchdowns off of them.
Read Option: Not sure what to make of the Wake Forest program at this point, when Duke came into its house and played like the better team in all phases of the game. The Michael Campanaro injury (broken hand) was certainly a huge blow, but the Blue Devils moved the ball and took advantage of Wake Forest mistakes. With road trips four of the next six games, is Wake making a bowl? We’ll look at that later this week.

10) Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 8)  – 2-3 (0-1 ACC)

Final: Louisiana Tech 44 Virginia 38 (Charlottesville)
Turning Point: After La Tech dropped a 14-play touchdown drive to start the second half, taking a 27-24 lead, Virginia answered with a three-and-out and two interceptions (one a pick-six) to trail 41-24 by the end of the third quarter.
Glaring stat:
625-385 – How much Virginia outgained the Bulldogs and still lost.
Read Option: La Tech is a good team. Virginia is not (or at least not as good). That’s my takeaway – good teams don’t throw three interceptions and find a way to outgain a road team by 240 yards and lose. The ray of hope? The twin Phillip Sims-led scoring drives to close the game, giving the Hoos a fighting shot at the end. It’s time to start building for next year in Charlottesville, starting with Sims at QB.

11) Maryland Terrapins (LW: 11) – 2-2 (0-0 ACC)

Bye Week
Next Up: Hosting Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. ET.

12) Boston College Eagles (LW: 12) – 1-3 (0-2 ACC)

Final: Clemson 45 Boston College 31 (Chestnut Hill)
Glaring Stat: 4.3 – BC’s yards per play in the second half with two interceptions in the mix after averaging 7.3 yards per play in a 21-point first half.
Read Option: BC did basically what I expected Saturday – challenged Clemson, but not able to make the plays necessary to pull off the upset. That’s the Spaziani era in a nutshell, no?

Voters: Brandon Rink, W. Gustin Vandiford, Griffin Wong and J.J. Greenstein.


  • Brandon Rink said,

    ACC ballots this week…

    1. FSU
    2. Clemson
    3. Miami
    4. Duke
    5. NC State
    6. UNC
    7. Virginia Tech
    8. Georgia Tech
    9. Wake Forest
    10. Virginia
    11. Maryland
    12. BC

    Wong

    1. FSU
    2. Clemson
    3. Miami
    4.VT
    5. GT
    6. NCSU
    7. Duke
    8. Wake
    9. UVA
    10. UNC
    11. Maryland
    12. BC

    Greenstein

    1. Florida State
    2. Clemson
    3. Miami
    — Everyone from here on down sucks (with the possible exception of Duke).
    4. Duke
    5. Virginia Tech
    6. NC State
    7. Georgia Tech
    8. Wake Forest
    9. UNC
    10. Virginia
    11. Maryland
    12. Boston College

    Vandiford

    1. Florida State
    2. Clemson
    3. Miami
    4. Duke
    5. VT
    6. UNC
    7. Virginia
    8. Wake Forest
    9. NC State
    10. Georgia Tech
    11. Maryland
    12. Boston College