Sunday, October 18, 2009

Week 7 in the ACC: Recap

I was 4-1 in my picks this week?  Really?  I could have been 5-0 but I changed my mind back and picked VT.  Hooray for small, meaningless personal victories.

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Clemson defeats Wake Forest, 38-3

I have heard this described by an ESPN analyst at "the worst game I've ever seen by a Jim Grobe-coached team."  The Deacs were never in this one as Clemson simply had their way with them.  The win puts both teams at 2-2 in the ACC Atlantic.  I'm starting to think 5-3 with the right tiebreakers will win it.

Boston College defeats North Carolina State, 52-20

The Eagles made Tom O'Brien's second return to Chestnut Hill very unpleasant, handing his team their third conference loss of the year.  Montel Harris set a few team rushing records (and led the country in rushing for Week 7).  Once again, BC responded to a bad loss with a win, and unlike the first two ACC home games, the Eagles were not content to sit on the lead.  TOB is now 0-3 against his old school.

Virginia defeats Maryland, 20-9

The Cavaliers' stunning mid-season rebirth continues, now having beaten the Terrapins on the road by 11.  Virginia is now 2-0 in the Coastal division and 3-3 overall, nicely recovering from their 0-3 start.  Maryland of course remains the conference's weakest team at the moment with a record of 2-5.

#19 Georgia Tech defeats #4 Virginia Tech, 28-23

I had a feeling this would be a close one, but the Yellow Jackets prevailed at home.  Georgia Tech dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for over 38 minutes, and they led from the second quarter onward.  GT, now in first in the Coastal, will move up in the rankings for sure, and with two losses, VT's national championship hopes are all but over.

#9 Miami defeats Central Florida, 27-7

Another ho-hum, easy win for the Hurricanes.  The game was surprisingly close at halftime (10-0 Miami) but the 'Canes pulled away late.  Jacory Harris and his offense controlled the ball for over 37 minutes and racked up 26 first downs, compared to 11 for UCF.

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