ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week 12

Posted by Brandon Rink on November 18, 2012 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd scored eight touchdowns Saturday. Eight. (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC through 12 weeks…

1) Florida State Seminoles (LW: 1) – 11-1 (7-1 ACC)

Final: No. 10 FSU 41 Maryland 14 (College Park)
Turning Point:
Two touchdowns in less than six minutes, one off a forced fumble for FSU. Yeah, there was no upset bid from the start (but the Terps had some cool unis).
Game-ball: RB Devonta Freeman – 16 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Read Option:
Dominant in all aspects, the game was a microcosm of FSU’s season to this point, clinching the Atlantic for a trip to the ACC Championship Game. Stout season all around, but you have wonder what could’ve been with a win at NC State – regardless, a big game coming up this week hosting Florida.

2) Clemson Tigers (LW: 2) – 10-1 (7-1 ACC)

Final: No. 12 Clemson 62 NC State 48 (Clemson)
Turning Point:
After a 24-0 run by NC State, Clemson’s D buckled-down, stopping a fourth-and-short to allow their offense to jump back on top 27-24 – sacking Mike Glennon in Tiger territory to setup a punt on the next drive and finally, picking off Glennon in the endzone in the middle of a 42-0 Clemson run.
Game-ball: QB Tajh Boyd – 529 total yards, 8 touchdowns (5 passing, 3 rushing).
Read Option:
Just when you think Clemson can’t put up more eye-popping, record-setting numbers – you have 62 points and 754 yards against one of the ACC’s better defenses. Unfortunately, they seem to be losing while winning nationally – dropping in the polls again, and their BCS bowl chances took a hit with Oregon and K-State losing.

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The rest…

3) Miami Hurricanes (LW: 3) – 6-5 (4-3 ACC)

Final: Miami 40 USF 9 (Miami)
Turning Point: Clock ticking towards halftime, USF had to settle for a chip-shot field goal down 16-0, and Miami took the opening drive of the second half nine plays and 76 yards for a touchdown to essentially put it away.
Game-ball: QB Stephen Morris – 21-for-32 with 413 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Read Option:
In a surprisingly dominant effort, the ‘Canes clinched bowl eligibility, but now is where the fun (?) starts in the Coastal. Do they play Duke for the division crown or cede the Coastal to Georgia Tech by way of self-imposed ban? My thoughts: unless you know it will significantly lessen a severe NCAA punishment, there’s not a reason to steal a shot at a division title from a team that’s put the work in to get there.

4) North Carolina Tar Heels (LW: 8) – 7-4 (4-3 ACC)

Final: UNC 37 Virginia 13 (Charlottesville)
Turning Point:
A one-score game into the fourth, UNC quarterback Bryn Renner hit a wide-open Giovani Bernard over the middle for the 23-yard touchdown to make it 27-13 with 11:43 to go.
Game-ball: UNC’s defense – Sure, Renner (29-for-36 with 315 passing yards and 3 TDs) and Quinshad Davis (ACC-record 16 catches for 178 yards) had games, but they went from giving up 68 points to 13 in a span of five days. The Tar Heels scored as many touchdowns defensively (1) as they allowed.
Read Option:
UNC can cap a pretty solid season with a win over Maryland, grabbing a mythical share of the Coastal title.

5) NC State Wolfpack (LW: 5) – 6-5 (3-4 ACC)

Final: No. 12 Clemson 62 NC State 48 (Clemson)
Glaring stat: 48 & 597 – Tough when you can’t win on the road scoring 48 points and racking up 597 yards.
Read Option: State learned the downside of getting in a track meet with a world-class offense – scorched for 754 yards and 62 points. Tom O’Brien will likely send old acquaintance Frank Spaziani into the coaching market next weekend, and then it’s a spin on the ACC bowl wheel of destiny – factoring in Miami’s bowl-ban decision and if the ACC grabs two BCS bowl bids.

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

Final: Georgia Tech 42 Duke 24 (Atlanta)
Turning Point: With Duke cutting the Tech lead to a score in the third quarter (28-24), the Yellow Jackets mounted an 18-play, 8:31 touchdown drive capped by an 8-yard pass to Robert Godhigh from Tevin Washington. Washington connected with Godhigh again in the fourth quarter to seal it, 42-24.
Game-ball: QB Tevin Washington – 6-for-10 with 102 passing yards and 4 total TDs.
Read Option: Georgia Tech’s weird path back to the ACC Championship Game has opened like the Red Sea ahead of them, but needs either a Miami bowl-ban or a ‘Canes loss to Duke to come to fruition. Paul Johnson is pushing the right buttons at QB – a different Jackets gunslinger getting our game-ball in back-to-back games.

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

Final: Georgia Tech 42 Duke 24 (Atlanta)
Glaring stat: 4.6 and 72 – GT yards per carry on 72 (!) rush attempts.
Read Option: Facing Clemson, FSU and Georgia Tech back-to-back-to-back is a defensive coordinator’s worst nightmare, and the Blue Devils did little to slow any of them. Duke can ensure a winning season by downing Miami in Wallace-Wade this Saturday, for the first time since 1994.

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

Final: Virginia Tech 30 BC 23 OT (Chestnut Hill)
Turning Point: It could’ve been BC’s David Dudeck knifing through the Hokies’ D for the late fourth-quarter score to put BC on top, but the Hokies answered with a 10-play 62-yard drive to tie it up. In OT, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas hit receiver Randall Dunn in the back of the endzone, and BC couldn’t muster a first down for loss No. 9 of the season.
Game-ball: WR Marcus Davis – Averaged 20.8 yards per catch with a score on five catches for 104 yards (Has he been in the news on the internet much lately?).
Read Option: Lifeless, the Hokies looked, trailing 13-3 at the half, but they recovered to outscore the Eagles 27-10 in the second session + overtime. It’s been a bizarre season in Hokieland, but they can cap it off with another Commonwealth Cup Saturday in Blacksburg.

9) Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 9)  – 4-7 (2-5 ACC)

Final: UNC 37 Virginia 13 (Charlottesville)
Glaring Stat: 2-of-15 – Virginia third down conversions.
Read Option: While Georgia Tech has seemed to perfect the 2-QB system – at Virginia, it isn’t going as well, at least not under the lights Thursday. Michael Rocco threw a pick-six, and Phillip Sims was 8-for-17 with 50 passing yards and the lone touchdown of the night. The ‘Hoos have one last shot to salvage this season to an extent by shocking the Hokies in Blacksburg.

10) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: 9) – 5-6 (3-5 ACC)

Final: Notre Dame 38 Wake Forest 0 (South Bend)
Turning Point: Starting fumble-punt-punt, while the opponent starts touchdown-touchdown-touchdown is not a formula for success, and that’s exactly how it went down for the Deacs in South Bend.
Glaring stat: 5 – That’s the number of games Wake Forest has had less than 250 offensive yards.
Read Option: Notre Dame’s defense + Wake Forest’s offense = a 38-0 loss. Vandy’s next up, and they’ve won six of their last seven games.

11) Maryland Terrapins (LW: 11) – 4-7 (2-5 ACC)

Final: No. 10 FSU 41 Maryland 14 (College Park)
Glaring stat: 35:33 – The amount of time passed in game-time before the Terps scored, trailing 27-0 at the half.
Read Option: The upset wasn’t happening – it was just game where they had to take their thrashing and go. Maryland heads to UNC to close this bizarre season (possibly in the Big 10 by then?).

12) Boston College Eagles (LW: 12) – 2-9 (1-6 ACC)

Final: Virginia Tech 30 BC 23 OT (Chestnut Hill)
Glaring stat: 3-of-16 – BC’s third down conversions.
Read Option: Good news: Eagles fans, you’re probably not going to see Frank Spaziani in Alumni Stadium again. Bad news: there’s still another game (at NC State).

Voters: Brandon Rink, J.J. Greenstein, Griffin Wong.