Saturday, November 14, 2009

Week 11 in the ACC: Recap (plus BC reaction)

Boston College defeats Virginia, 14-10

That was uggggg-lyyyy.  Granted, I didn't watch a second of it, but just listening to Jon Meterparel describe it made it sound ugly.  I remained steadfast in my belief from two weeks ago that UVA would not score more than 20; in fact, if it weren't for the pick-six, they might have only put 3 on the board.  The thing is, the BC offense, particularly Dave Shinskie, looked horrible.  Another thing I noticed was the lack of sacks against Sewell: he's been sacked more than any other ACC QB, and BC only made him hit the deck once.  I'll take the win, the first on the road this year, but it seemed like another very flat performance.

#7 Georgia Tech defeats Duke, 49-10

No matter who wins the ACC Atlantic, there is very little doubt in my mind that this team will be the one going to the Orange Bowl when the dust settles.  Today they dismantled division rival Duke on the road, settling the ACC Coastal race.  The Yellow Jackets racked up another 500+ yards of total offense, outscoring Duke 49-0 over the last 47 minutes of the game.  They are without a doubt the conference's best.

#24 Clemson defeats North Carolina State, 43-23

Thanks once again for nothing, TOB.  O'Brien's abomination of a football team is now 1-5 in the conference after getting toasted for over 450 yards.  CJ Spiller had 162 all-purpose yards, a touchdown run, a touchdown catch, and a touchdown pass.  Clemson's "magic number" to clinch the ACC Atlantic is 1, as a win next week or any BC loss would seal their trip to the championship.  Meanwhile, the only bowl they'll be attending in Raleigh will be the Toilet Bowl (in fact, I think they're already there).

Florida State defeats Wake Forest, 41-28

I admit, I didn't see this coming.  The Seminoles looked like they had packed it in last weekend in Clemson, but this weekend they faced a weak Wake team that has also packed it in.  FSU still doesn't know what the hell this whole defense thing is all about, letting Wake total up 454 yards.

#20 Virginia Tech defeats Maryland, 36-9

A very ho-hum win for the Hokies who still haven't lost to the Terps in 19 years.  Maryland is having a horrible year at 2-8, while the Hokies are undoubtedly getting ready for the Champs Sports Bowl.  It was 27-3 at halftime; I bet the stadium was 3/4 empty when the third quarter started. 

North Carolina defeats #12 Miami, 33-24

North Carolina is quite hot, and believe me, I think this team could do damage at Alumni Stadium next week.  The latest victim of their late surge is Miami, as Jacory Harris got picked off 4 times.  Another win and the Tar Heels will secure themselves a decent bowl game; Carolina has one tough defense and it's carrying them there.  Miami, on the other hand, has recently not looked like the world-beating team they were a few months ago. 

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