ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 11

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 12, 2012 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

It's almost over, Maryland - it's almost over. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC through 11 weeks…

1) Florida State Seminoles (LW: 1) – 9-1 (6-1 ACC)

Final: No. 8 FSU 28 Virginia Tech 22 (Blacksburg)
Turning Point:
Trailing 22-20, FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel hit receiver Rashad Greene in stride for the 39-yard game-winning score with 40 secs to go. Logan Thomas and Hokies got into ‘Noles territory with a long pass, but Thomas was picked off a play later.
Game-ball: WR Rashad Greene – 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Read Option:
FSU passed their last real test on the road to Charlotte – not exactly with flying colors, but a win is a win and they made enough plays to pull a ‘W’ out of a tough environment. They can clinch the Atlantic next week at College Park, and put an exclamation mark on the regular season by downing a top-10-ranked Florida in Tallahassee the next week.

2) Clemson Tigers (LW: 2) – 9-1 (6-1 ACC)

Final: No. 10 Clemson 45 Maryland 10 (Clemson)
Turning Point:
After a 13-yard touchdown pass 12 seconds earlier, Tigers defensive end Corey Crawford forced a fumble, scooped and scored to put Clemson up 14-0 early, which proved to be enough for the day.
Game-ball: QB Tajh Boyd – 18-of-26 for 261 yards and three touchdowns.
Read Option:
Clemson’s Sugar Bowl chances improved with their win and Alabama’s loss, by decreasing the chances of being looked over for the at-large spot in favor of Notre Dame or Oklahoma. Both ESPN and CBS are projecting the Tigers to the Sugar, which would be a nice consolation for getting shut out of Charlotte.

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This week more than the rest – it just feels right to have some sort of divider between FSU and Clemson and the rest.

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

Final: Virginia 41 Miami 40 (Charlottesville)
Turning Point: Under 10 seconds to go, Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco found tight end Jake McGee in the back of the endzone for the game-winning score.
Glaring stat: 388 – Virginia passed for 388 yards and averaged 7.5 yards per pass with four scores, including the game-changer with six seconds left.
Read Option:
Not playing defense was going to catch with Miami, and here’s the case – an improving ‘Hoos squad throwing all over the ‘Canes. Sans-self-imposed-bowl-ban, Miami is still in the thick of the Coastal race – a win over Duke in Durham in two weeks would clinch the Coastal.

4) NC State Wolfpack (LW: 7) – 6-4 (3-3 ACC)

Final: NC State 37 Wake Forest 6 (Raliegh)
Turning Point: After the Deacs scuffled in the first half, a Tobais Palmer 100-yard kickoff return put an early nail in the coffin to start the second half – State taking a 24-6 lead.
Game-ball: Tobais Palmer – 189 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
Read Option: It was the bounce-back win needed for State, but they travel to Clemson as a 17-point underdog this Saturday.

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

Bye Week
Next Up: At Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3).

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

Final: Georgia Tech 68 UNC 50 (Chapel Hill)
Game-ball: QB Vad Lee – 281 total yards and three touchdowns (one interception).
Read Option: After attacking Maryland all on the ground last week, Paul Johnson exploited UNC’s secondary for 17.3 yards per pass and 208 yards, along with averaging 5.7 yards per run with seven rushing scores. They are rolling and firmly in contention if Miami’s slide continues.

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

Final: No. 10 FSU 28 Virginia Tech 22 (Blacksburg)
Glaring stat: Minus-15 – Virginia Tech held FSU to negative rushing yards, and outgained the ‘Noles by 74 yards, but had three turnovers, five punts and a missed field goal to squander the upset shot.
Read Option: So close to shaking things up in the ACC. Instead, they saw any hopes of winning another Coastal crown put on life support, and need to beat BC on the road and Virginia at home just to bowl. Bud Foster’s D came to play, but the turnovers and missed opportunities on offense were just too much to overcome.

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

Final: Georgia Tech 68 UNC 50 (Chapel Hill)
Turning Point:
Back-and-forth it went, see-sawing to a 36-34 UNC lead with 14:26 to go in the third quarter, but the Heels blinked first – quarterback Bryn Renner’s screen pass interception preceding a 24-0 Jackets’ run UNC never recovered from.
Glaring stat: 4-of-15 – The number of times Georgia Tech didn’t score when touching the ball, as UNC gave up seven rushing touchdowns, a passing score, a kick return touchdown and two field goals.
Read Option:
UNC skated by much of this season with a prolific offense and defense doing just enough – Saturday, they did nothing as Georgia Tech dictated the tempo and hit them with a balanced attack (380 rushing yards/208 passing yards). What’s next? A short turnaround to face an improved Virginia this Thursday.

9) Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 11)  – 4-6 (2-4 ACC)

Final: Virginia 41 Miami 40 (Charlottesville)
Game-ball: Virginia QB Michael Rocco – 29-for-37 with 300 passing yards and 4 TDs.
Read Option: Virginia kept flickering bowl hopes alive in Saturday’s shootout, with Rocco hitting the 300 passing yard mark for the first time since the Richmond opener. Much like last season, the ‘Hoos are hitting their stride at the right time, and host UNC coming up Thursday.

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

Final: NC State 37 Wake Forest 6 (Raliegh)
Glaring stat: 6 – Deacs leading-receiver Michael Campanaro’s longest reception of the day, with five catches for 14 yards.
Read Option: One step forward – two steps back? After a nice win over BC, Wake Forest had nothing going in Raliegh – punting 12 times and turning it over twice. They play at No.3 Notre Dame next before hosting newly-bowl-eligible Vanderbilt to close the season.

11) Maryland Terrapins (LW: 10) – 4-6 (2-4 ACC)

Final: Clemson 45 Maryland 10 (Clemson)
Glaring stat: 1-of-13 – Maryland converted on third down once all day.
Read Option: It went much like you’d expect without a leading passer, rusher, receiver, tackler and kick/punt returner – averaging 3.2 plays for 6.3 yards in their first six drives while falling behind 21-0, and scoring just three points on a reserve-heavy Tigers defense that’s struggled this season in the second half. Next up? FSU. Yikes.

12) Boston College Eagles (LW: 12) – 2-8 (1-5 ACC)

Final: No. 4 Notre Dame 21 Boston College 6 (Chestnut Hill)
Glaring stat: 11-14 & 21 – The Irish converted 11-of-14 on third downs, but BC gave up its second-least points of the season (21). Not sure what that says about Notre Dame.
Read Option: Feel like I say this every week with BC, but at least they are hanging tough in what appears to be the last stops of the Frank Spaziani farewell tour (and covered the spread!).

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

ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 11

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 14, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro (39) punched the Tigers' ticket to Charlotte with a 43-yard field goal as time-expired against Wake Forest. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC after week 11…

Rank..(LW)..Team…………………………………Record
1)..(1)..Clemson Tigers………………….9-1 (6-1 ACC)
Wake Forest took Clemson to the wire, but couldn’t close the deal on the huge upset win with a key missed field goal in the fourth quarter, making the Tigers your Atlantic Division rep for the ACC Championship Game. They travel to NC State for a tuneup this week before the annual rivalry matchup down in Columbia next week.

2)..(2)..Virginia Tech Hokies………………9-1 (5-1 ACC)
The Hokies started and finished strong to take hold of the top spot in the Coastal with two weeks to go. There’s no doubt the punch by GT linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu changed the game, as Virginia Tech allowed one yard of offense from then on. They’ll have to guard against the let down this week versus an up-and-down, but talented UNC team Thursday.

3)..(4)..Florida State Seminoles………….7-3 (5-2 ACC)
The Seminoles extended winning streak to five games, pulling out a 23-19 win over Miami, becoming the first home team to win in the series since 2005. I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but yeah, officiating was a topic – loooooong and plentiful replays – and a very questionable ejection of Nigel Bradham, which the ACC has since called the hit that triggered it legal. They wrap up a disappointing ACC season (in terms of not reaching the ACC Championship Game) at home versus Virginia this week.

4)..(3)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..7-3 (4-3 ACC)
Georgia Tech was doing just what they had to in the second half to make the comeback – surging to a 26-21 third-quarter lead, but one play changed the game…and now, the Yellow Jackets are playing for bowl position. 

5)..(7)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..7-3 (4-2 ACC)
It wasn’t easy, but Virginia finally overcame the hex that Duke has had on them in a 31-21 victory.  The ‘Hoos will watch intently Thursday – hoping UNC can knock off Virginia Tech to ease their road to Charlotte, as they’ll need to knock off FSU Saturday to stay alive with a Hokies win – but a Virginia Tech loss sets up a divisional championship game in Charlottesville next week.

6)..(T-5)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…5-5 (4-3 ACC)
So, so close. Make that fourth-quarter field goal and you’re up two possessions and the time ticking on the home Tigers, but alas, it wasn’t to be. Unfortunately for the Deacs, this is an all-too-familiar feeling – taking teams to the edge, and not pulling off the “W.”

7)..(T-5)..Miami Hurricanes………………………5-5 (3-4 ACC)
The Hurricanes couldn’t keep the road-winner streak in the series, but didn’t let FSU run away with it either. They travel north against to South Florida this week, and close with BC – hoping to clinch a bowl bid.

8)..(8)..North Carolina State Wolfpack ………..5-5 (2-4 ACC)
The roller coaster of NC State’s season took a dip this week – your classic trap-game loss at BC after the emotional shutout of UNC last week. But that doesn’t make it any more acceptable for a program that might miss a bowl for the third time in five seasons under Tom O’Brien.  

9)..(9)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………6-4 (2-4 ACC)
The Everett Withers era is coming to a close at UNC, most likely, and they’re coming off the fifth-straight loss to NC State. They had the bye week to decide if they’re going for a strong finish or are checking out this season – we’ll find out Thursday at Lane Stadium.

10)..(10)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………3-7 (1-5 ACC)
The Blue Devils challenged for that fourth-straight win at Virginia, but things spiraled out of control in the second half.

11)..(11)..Boston College Eagles………………3-7 (2-5 ACC)
Gotta give BC credit – they’re still fighting despite their many struggles, taking a second win in three games – sandwiched between FSU eliminating any bowl hopes.

12)..(12).. Maryland Terrapins………..2-8 (1-6 ACC)
45-21 loss to Notre Dame. Sixth-straight defeat. Danny O’Brien’s arm broken. It’s been that kind of season in College Park.

Ballots

Brandon Rink: 1) Clemson 2) VT 3) FSU 4) Virginia 5) GT 6) Wake 7) Miami 8) NC State 9) UNC 10) BC 11) Duke 12) Maryland

Griffin Wong: 1) Clemson 2) VT 3) GT 4) FSU 5) Wake Forest 6) Virginia 7) Miami 8) NC State 9) UNC 10) Duke 11) BC 12) Maryland

J.J. Greenstein: 1) Clemson 2) VT 3) FSU 4) Virginia  5) GT 6) Wake Forest 7) Miami 8) NC State 9) UNC 10) Duke 11) BC 12) Maryland