ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week Three

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 20, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Freshman WR Sammy Watkins and the Tigers did a lot of this to snap Auburn's nation-leading winning streak Saturday. (Pic per ranks the ACC after week three…

1)..(2)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………3-0 (0-0 ACC)
The Hokies regain the top spot after having few issues with Arkansas State at home in a 26-7 win. Frank Beamer and co. have one more tune-up with a trip to Marshall before Clemson comes to town for a night ACC opener.

2)..(1)..Florida State Seminoles………….2-1 (0-0 ACC)
In a game full of hard hits, FSU lost E.J. Manuel in the second half, but hung tough with No. 1 Oklahoma until the late-going of the fourth quarter. Manuel is listed as day-to-day with a AC joint sprain in his shoulder before a huge game at Clemson this week.

3)..(5)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..3-0 (0-0 ACC)
768 total yards. I think Georgia Tech has scored three more touchdowns on Kansas while you’ve been reading this. The Jackets have moved up the list fast here, and host another team off to a hot start in UNC this week.

4)..(6)..Clemson Tigers………………….3-0 (0-0 ACC)
We asked last week if there was some trouble in TigerTown after a close call with FCS team Wofford – well, they seem to be just fine after rolling up 624 yards in a 38-24 win over the defending champs, Auburn. Clemson converted 10 third downs in a row at one point. No let-up this week for the Tigers with FSU coming to town.

5)..(4)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………2-0 (1-0 ACC)
UNC kicked off their conference schedule by cruising to a 28-17 win over Virginia. QB Bryn Renner was an efficient 15-of-21 for 143 yards and two touchdowns. The Heels defense faces the top total offense in the country this week at Georgia Tech.

6)..(3).. Maryland Terrapins………..1-1 (1-0 ACC)
Terps QB Danny O’Brien didn’t back up a strong performance against Miami well – throwing three interceptions, and the final one coming on a potential game-winning drive in the final minutes, falling 37-31.

7)..(8)..Miami Hurricanes………………………1-1 (0-1 ACC)
Not sure I’m sold on Jacory Harris overcoming his flaws, but if the defense plays like it did against Ohio State in the 24-6 win (6 points allowed, none in second half, 35 passing yards given up) and running back Lamar Miller continues to live in beast mode (26 carries, 184 yards) then the Hurricanes can be a force this season.

8)..(7)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…2-1 (1-0 ACC)
The Deacs didn’t have a problem with Gardner-Webb in a 48-5 win, and get a bye this week before hitting Boston College on October 1st.

9)..(9)..North Carolina State Wolfpack ………..2-1 (0-1 ACC)
NC State pulled away from South Alabama in a 35-13 win – most notable for a strong game from QB Mike Glennon (17-20 for 274 yards and four TDs). The Wolfpack get a short week before a Thursday nighter at Cincinnati.

10)..(10)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..2-1 (0-1 ACC)
After a competitive road loss at UNC (at least more than their last matchup with the Heels), Virginia hosts Southern Miss and Idaho before going back into ACC play.

11)..(12)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………1-2 (1-0 ACC)
Yes, Duke did win an ACC road game – thanks to a missed chip-shot in the final seconds by Boston College. The Blue Devils rallied from down 19-7 to grab a huge win, and have a good shot at win No. 2 with Tulane coming to town this week.

12)..(11)..Boston College Eagles………………0-3 (0-0 ACC)
I didn’t anticipate this being a great season for BC – picking them to go 6-6, but injuries and just poor football have guided the Eagles to a 0-3 start and possibly a quite terrible final win-loss record when all is said and done.


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

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

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

ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week Two

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 12, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

By way of keeping it close at the half, Duke gets a photo in the power poll post. A Lee Butler 76-yard pick-six helped the Blue Devils' cause. (Photo by: Chris Baird, ranks the ACC after week two…

1)..(2)..Florida State Seminoles………….2-0 (0-0 ACC)
They accomplished the task – dominating Charleston Southern 62-10 before No. 1 Oklahoma came to town. Can’t wait for that one. (Add to that, they jumped Virginia Tech in our poll!)

2)..(1)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………2-0 (0-0 ACC)
After starting 0-2 last year, even after struggling to a 17-10 win at ECU as a big favorite – Virginia Tech will take it. Logan Thomas was a less-than-stellar 8-for-20 with 91 passing yards and an interception. The Hokies get another tune-up for ACC play with Arkansas State this week.

3)..(3).. Maryland Terrapins………..1-0 (1-0 ACC)
Maryland had the bye off the 1-0 start, but host #18 West Virginia this week.

4)..(T-4)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………2-0 (0-0 ACC)
Saturday was apparently the start of cool-the-QB-hype week as UNC’s Bryn Renner came off the 22-of-23 day against James Madison with a three interception game against Rutgers in the 24-22 win.

5)..(7)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..2-0 (0-0 ACC)
The Jackets’ offense is rollin’ – racking up 596 yards (382 on ground, 214 in the air) in a 49-21 drubbing of Middle Tennessee State.

6)..(6)..Clemson Tigers………………….2-0 (0-0 ACC)
Trouble in TigerTown? Could be after struggling to a 35-27 win over FCS-power Wofford. Clemson has a lot to fix on defense before hosting Auburn, who’s coming in on a 17-game winning streak.

7)..(11)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…1-1 (1-0 ACC)
Wake Forest makes the biggest jump as they’re one of two teams with an ACC win by way of the 34-27 victory over NC State. Apparently, the Deacs team of three quarters vs. Syracuse could be here to stay this season, as with a healthy Tanner Price, Wake got it done in the ACC and home opener. 

8)..(8)..Miami Hurricanes………………………0-1 (0-1 ACC)
Jacory Harris is your starter, and Ohio State is your opponent – should be interesting.

9)..(T-4)..North Carolina State Wolfpack ………..1-1 (0-1 ACC)
Wake Forest jumped on NC State early, and the Wolfpack couldn’t quite make the comeback in the fourth quarter. (Obligatory reference to Russell Wilson in relation to Mike Glennon). NC State plays South Alabama next week and travels to Cincinnati before their ACC home opener with Georgia Tech.

10)..(10)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..2-0 (0-0 ACC)
The Cavaliers pulled out an up-and-down road game at Indiana, 34-31 – a big step ‘Hoos making their first bowl since 2007. Virginia led as much as 23-3 until Indiana stormed back to take a 31-23 lead with 6:34 to go in the fourth quarter. Virginia scored the final 10 points of the game, including a Robert Randolph 23-yard field goal as time expired.

11)..(9)..Boston College Eagles………………0-2 (0-0 ACC)
Any momentum BC had coming into this season is waning after a 30-3 blowout loss at UCF. The score isn’t quite indicative of the game as BC trailed 9-3 going into the 4th quarter, but the Golden Knights wore down the Eagles with three rushing touchdowns in the final period. BC hosts Duke for their ACC opener this week.

12)..(12)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………0-2 (0-0 ACC)
Duke kept the Stanford lead to 10 by way of a Lee Butler pick-six, but reality rained down on the Blue Devils in the second hafl to a 44-14 loss.


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

Griffin Wong: 1. Florida State 2. Virginia Tech 3. Maryland 4. Georgia Tech 5. North Carolina 6. Miami 7. Clemson 8. Wake Forest 9. NC State 10. Virginia 11. Boston College 12. Duke

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

ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week One

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 6, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson freshmen, like the pictured RB Mike Bellamy, led the way in the Tigers' triumph over Troy (Pic per ranks the ACC after week one…

1)..(1)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Can’t start much better with a 66-13 slaying of FCS giant-killer Appalachian State in the home opener. Logan Thomas had a solid day with two touchdown passes, and sophomore RB David Wilson lived up to the hype – posting 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns. There was even a little BeamerBall in there with a blocked punt TD from Kyle Fuller. Next up is a trip to Greenville NC to face East Carolina.

2)..(2)..Florida State Seminoles………….1-0 (0-0 ACC)
We’d heard a lot about the ‘Noles defense coming into this season, and wow, they were impressive against LA-Monroe in a 34-0 win. The Warhawks didn’t get over 100 yards in passing or rushing with 191 total on the day. The FSU offense needed it as they scuffled for awhile through the first half with your typical first game jitters, but QB E.J. Manuel recovered to a strong 22-for-34 with 252 passing yards, two TDs and a pick. The ‘Noles have a tune-up with Charleston Southern this week.

3)..(T-3).. Maryland Terrapins………..1-0 (1-0 ACC)
Hear anything about these new Terrapins jerseys? Apparently, they have the Maryland flag in them or something – I’ll have to Google search them or something. Oh, there was a football game, and Terps QB Danny O’Brien was a rock solid 31-for-44 with 348 passing yards, a TD and INT. Maryland hit the red zone seven times, but had to kick six field goals (making five, missing one). Most importantly, they’re 1-0 in ACC play going into a bye week.

T-4)..(T-3)..North Carolina State Wolfpack ………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Contributor J.J. Greenstein has your NC State/Liberty review here – Wolfpack won 43-21.

T-4)..(5)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………1-0 (0-0 ACC)
In a 42-10 win over James Madison, UNC QB Bryn Renner hit 22-of-23 passes for 277 yards, two TDs and a pick in his first career start. Not bad at all. The Heels get a little ACC/Big East action with Rutgers coming to town.

6)..(6)..Clemson Tigers………………….1-0 (0-0 ACC)
The new offense debut did not go off without a hitch, as the Tigers trailed 16-13 at the half to Troy, but most of that, I’d put on defensive miscues in tackling. The second half was led by the offense with 30-points, including a stretch where Tajh Boyd hit 13-straight passes (including two TDs) to the 43-19 win. Clemson plays in-state FCSer Wofford this week.

7)..(8)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
When you think Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – obviously, 365 passing yards and three TDs through the air are what come to mind. The Jackets sent a warning message to the ACC – this year’s GT team can throw it around the yard, led by junior QB Tevin Washington in a 63-21 win over Western Carolina. They hit the road to Murfreesboro TN to play Middle Tennessee State, who nearly knocked off Purdue on the road last week (losing 27-24).

8)..(9)..Miami Hurricanes………………………0-1 (0-1 ACC)
My immediate response is – it could’ve been worse. When a team lives in your red zone, and you have a shot to tie at the end – that’s not the worst thing in the world. The defense clearly was hurting from suspensions, but the offense kept them in the game – especially sophomore RB Lamar Miller and his 119-yards and a TD. In the final line, Stephen Morris’ stats are reminiscent of the QB he subbed-in for, but the second pick (to the house) was a great break on the ball by MD’s Cameron Chism. It’ll be interesting to see if Morris can hold on to the job with Jacory Harris back to compete for the next two weeks before Ohio State comes to town.

9)..(7)..Boston College Eagles………………0-1 (0-0 ACC)
This one hurts. BC started strong, faded in the middle and couldn’t finish off a comeback at the end to a 0-1 start against Northwestern, falling 24-17. Add to that, leading receiver on the game, Ifeanyi Momah, tore his ACL and is out for the season. It doesn’t get much easier this week with a trip to UCF, who won 62-0 over Charleston Southern last week.

10)..(11)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Virginia provided the blueprint for how to handle a tough FCS team over the weekend – just never letting William & Mary breathe offensively and putting the game away by the third quarter, winning 40-3. The Tribe only managed 169 total yards. UVa QB Michael Rocco was a decent 21-for-29 for 174 yards on the game. The ‘Hoos hit Indiana this weekend.

11)..(12)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…0-1 (0-0 ACC)
Ouch. Up 12 with the clocking rolling in the 4th quarter on the road, driving in Syracuse territory – game looked all but sealed. Then, Tanner Price got hurt. Then, Wake had to settle for a FG – 15 point lead, 11:02 to go. Safe? Nope. Syracuse would score on three of their next four possessions into overtime for the 36-29 win. All eyes are on Tanner Price’s health as the Deacs host NC State in a crucial home and conference opener.

12)..(10)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………0-1 (0-0 ACC)
Ouch, part two. All of the optimism and momentum going into this season was just sent down the tubes, and now, some crazy folks are calling for Cutcliffe’s head. I don’t know exactly what went wrong in the 23-21 loss to Richmond, but any game where Sean Renfree only has 201 passing yards and zero/nada/zilch TDs is a problem. Oh, and Stanford comes to town this week.


Brandon Rink

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

J.J. Greenstein

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

Griffin Wong

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