ACC Recap, Weekend of October 12, 2013
Well, another interesting week in the Atlantic Coast Conference comes and goes. The team that needed to win the most to help the conference’s standing–Clemson–pulled off the win. Narrowly. But let’s take a look across the ACC.
Clemson got to 6-0, setting up the matchup of the undefeateds with Florida State on October 19th. But, oh, did it look ugly. Much like Boston College gave Florida State a scare, the Eagles made the already fragile Clemson fanbase that much more antsy, leading in the 3rd quarter. The best part of the game for the ACC was avoiding this upset. By the way, Boston College’s losses have come to Clemson, Florida State, and on the road at USC. Think UConn fans are wishing the school could have a do over with respect to hiring Steve Addazio, instead of already-fired Paul Pasqualoni? You betcha.
Don’t look now, but Virginia Tech is 6-1 and bowl eligible. The Hokies are atop the Coastal Division at 3-0. A nice win over Pittsburgh suggests that this is truly a bounce back season for Beamer’s team.
Syracuse earned its first win as an ACC team, defeating North Carolina State on the road, 24-10. True to form, the Orange rushed for well over 300 yards, even though the Wolfpack had been stout against the run this year. Look for a great matchup between Syracuse’s decent run defense and Georgia Tech‘s run schemes.
Maryland improved to 5-1 defeating Virginia and Duke improved to 4-2 with a win over Navy.
Look, this was debated in the comment section this past week, but Louisville needed to convince voters that it was a legitimate power to earn its way to a BCS game. Louisville got the win over Rutgers, but it was not by a margin that non-watchers of the game will appreciate it. It is rare for a team to win and lose ground, but that is essentially what has happened here. Rutgers, with a win over Arkansas, is still a good opponent. But is there any doubt that Oregon and Alabama would throttle Rutgers? No. And Louisville failed to do so–even with extra time to prepare. Sorry, Louisville, but sometimes a win is just not good enough.
Virginia lost to Maryland, as noted above. But this makes Virginia 2-4 in what could be the end of the road for Mike London. With games against Duke, UNC, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, and Virginia Tech remaining, it is hard to find 4 more wins to get to bowl eligibility.
Although Virginia is struggling, it beat Brigham Young in the season opener. Georgia Tech got walloped by the Cougars, 38-20. This drops the Yellow Jackets to 3-3 on the season and makes them losers of three straight. With Virginia and Alabama A&M on the schedule, getting to 5 wins is easy enough. But with Clemson and Georgia remaining, it looks like Georgia Tech will need to beat one of Syracuse or Pitt to get that 6th win. Sure, a sweep is far from impossible. The sense of urgency is now there. If Syracuse jumps out on Georgia Tech this week, look out. The Confidential expects that Paul Johnson will have his team ready. He has to.