ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 10

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 5, 2012 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson is continuing to put up video game numbers - DeAndre Hopkins hauling in three touchdown catches in a quarter in the 56-20 drubbing of Duke in Durham (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com).

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC through ten weeks…

1) Florida State Seminoles (LW: 1) – 8-1 (5-1 ACC)

Bye Week
Next Up: At Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC), Nov. 8.

2) Clemson Tigers (LW: 2) – 8-1 (5-1 ACC)

Final: No. 10 Clemson 56 Duke 20 (Durham)
Turning Point:
It was clear from the start – Clemson was going to score at-will, but would Duke do the same? After a DeAndre Hopkins fumble, they had their shot to stay within a possession for a back-and-forth affair, but the Tigers forced a three-and-out and outscored the Blue Devils 28-3 from there on.
Game-ball: QB Tajh Boyd and WR DeAndre Hopkins – Boyd set the school record for touchdown responsibility, throwing for five and running in another score, and Hopkins hauled in three touchdowns to set career-and-single-game records in scores.
Read Option:
Clemson has its sights set for a BCS bowl one way or another as they rise in the polls, up to 8th now in the Coaches – playing their best football of the season with offensive skill players in gear and a defense steadily improving.

3) Miami Hurricanes (LW: 5) – 5-4 (4-2 ACC)

Final: Miami 30 Virginia Tech 12 (Miami)
Turning Point: The missed opportunities were aplenty for Virginia Tech. Closing in on the goalline in the third quarter, Logan Thomas lost a fumble on a snap on third-and-goal – fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter in Miami territory, Thomas overthrew a wide-open fullback in the flat. Soon after, the ‘Canes took advantage to stretch it to a two-possession lead and out of reach for the struggling Hokies.
Game-ball: Miami RB Duke Johnson – 218 all-purpose yards with a touchdown (81-yard kick return & 100-yard rushing game).
Read Option:
Miami staked their Coastal claim with two divisional matchups to go (@Virginia and @Duke), slaying the traditional power Hokies by, largely, out-special-teaming BeamerBall.

4) North Carolina Tar Heels (LW: 3) – 6-3 (3-2 ACC)

Bye Week
Next Up: Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3 ACC), Nov. 10.

5) Duke Blue Devils (LW: 6) – 6-4 (3-3 ACC)

Final: No. 10 Clemson 56 Duke 20
Glaring stat: 1 – After scoring on three of its first four drives, Duke had a lone score (field goal) and eight punts in its final 11 possessions of the game.
Read Option: The bye is a sight for the sore eyes of a Blue Devils team that’s gone from the ecstasy of that bowl-eligibility-win over UNC to getting drilled by a 104-27 combined score against the ACC’s two top-10 teams. But the weekend was far from a total loss, as division-destiny is back in their hands with a Virginia Tech loss Thursday to No. 8 FSU in Blacksburg, needing to sweep Georgia Tech (road) and Miami (home) for an ACC Championship Game berth.

6) Virginia Tech Hokies (LW: 7) – 4-5 (2-3 ACC)

Final: Miami 30 Virginia Tech 12 (Miami)
Glaring stat: Back-to-back – Games Virginia Tech has outgained an opponent (421-347), but had three more turnovers than the opposing team (3-0).
Read Option: ACC and Hokie fans knew this wasn’t the typical Frank Beamer team, and Thursday night, the nation saw all of the season’s problems in one three-hour window – an erratic passing game, inconsistent running game, poor special teams and an underwhelming defense overall.  No. 8 FSU comes to town Thursday – a game Clemson fans are Hokie fans and Duke fans root for the ‘Noles, but if double-digit favorite Florida State wins, Virginia Tech has to go on the road to BC and take care of business at home against Virginia to even bowl this season (last time the Hokies missed a bowl was 1992).

7) NC State Wolfpack (LW: 4) – 5-4 (2-3 ACC)

Final: Virginia 33 NC State 6 (Raliegh)
Turning Point: Early on, Virginia had a clear energy advantage – going 11 plays and 75 yards to open the game with a score, and defensively, the ‘Hoos swarmed Mike Glennon and took advantage of poor throws. But it was still a two-possession game at the half, State’s going three-and-out to start the second was a back-breaker, as Virginia quickly went up 23-0 afterward to put the pressure on.
Glaring stat: 0.8 and 5 – NC State yards per carry and turnovers.
Read Option: In some respects, it was a hangover game from the gut-wrenching UNC loss, but in others, Virginia just wanted it more and played better. It’s an alarming sign for a NC State program that should be winning games like this.

8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (LW: 9) – 4-5 (3-3 ACC)

Final: Georgia Tech 33 Maryland 13 (College Park)
Turning Point: While Maryland’s offense, sporting converted linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback, started with five drives of three plays per (including two fumbles) – the Yellow Jackets seized what was a commanding 20-0 lead in this game by the end of the half.
Game-ball: A-back Orwin Smith – 89 rushing yards and one touchdown, catch of 26 yards.
Read Option: Georgia Tech’s gameplan was pretty simple, playing both Vad Lee and Tevin Washington at quarterback – run and then run more, with only four pass attempts on the game (a season-low, obviously). Maryland’s tough run D coming in (fourth nationally) couldn’t hold the line, allowing 6.6 yards per rush and 370 overall. The Jackets, with two Coastal games remaining (@UNC, Duke), are still alive in the Coastal, remarkably, if Miami loses out (@Virginia, @Duke) and Virginia Tech drops another game (plays FSU Thursday).

9) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: 10) – 5-4 (3-4 ACC)

Final: Wake Forest 28 Boston College 14 (Winston-Salem)
Turning Point: BC had momentum in the second half, drawing within a score after a pair of big plays, and intercepting a Tanner Price pass in Deacs territory. But a three-and-out-and-missed-field-goal preceded Wake Forest’s touchdown drive answer to go up two score late in the third quarter.
Game-ball: WR Michael Campanaro – 16 catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
Read Option: A nice take-care-of-business for the Deacs, and they now have three shots at bowl eligibility, with trips to NC State and Notre Dame and hosting Vanderbilt.

10) Maryland Terrapins (LW: 8) – 4-5 (2-3 ACC)

Final: Georgia Tech 33 Maryland 13 (College Park)
Glaring stat: 5 – Terps’ ACL injuries now that leading tackler Demetrius Hartsfield is out for the season out of this game, according to Patrick Stevens of D1scourse.
Read Option: Well, at least it wasn’t a close loss? Randy Edsall, if not already, has to wonder what football god he offended, because it’s ridiculous the spot he’s in right now (and it only gets worse Saturday, heading to Clemson).

11) Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 12)  – 3-6 (1-4 ACC)

Final: Virginia 33 NC State 6 (Raleigh)
Game-ball: Virginia RB Kevin Parks – 115 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Read Option: I apologize ‘Hoos – didn’t think this team had this kind of game in it after what they’d shown so far, but it was a thorough beatdown in Raleigh. Very impressive, and they can play spoiler in the Coastal race by knocking off Miami Saturday in Charlottesville (‘Canes are only a one-point favorite as of posting this).

12) Boston College Eagles (LW: 11) – 2-7 (1-5 ACC)

Final: Wake Forest 28 Boston College 14 (Winston-Salem)
Glaring stat: 4 – Turnovers on the road…can’t do that and win.
Read Option: They were at least competitive, but competitive-and-losing has been a staple of the Frank Spaziani era in Chestnut Hill.

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


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