NCAA Football

ACC Football: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from ACC Football Week 1

Well, Week 1 of the ACC Football season has come and gone.

And what a week it was!

The ACC featured everything from a huge win against the SEC to an overtime game to a game where it seemed neither team knew the forward pass had been invented.

Each week we will recap The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in what was the ACC Football campaign.

So let’s get rolling:

The Good

1. The Clemson Tigers came out and looked like an elite team against elite competition in defeating the SEC and the Auburn Tigers, 26-19. The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage and held control of the game to get the monkey of the ACC not showing up in big games off its back.

2. Andre Ellington came out blazing and quickly established himself as one of, if not, the top running back in the nation with his 25 carry, 228 yard performance. The senior RB gave Clemson the big run when it needed it including two incredible balance plays reminiscent of NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders.

3. How about the Miami Hurricanes and the Boston College Eagles. No one knew what this game was going to hold. But it is clear no one could have guessed this game would produce 952 yards and 73 points combined in the ‘Canes 41-32 victory. Of all the great QBs in the ACC, Week 1 ends with BC’s Chase Rettig a 32-51-1, 441 yards and 2 touchdown performance.

The Bad

1. Florida State Seminoles announced yesterday that all-everything defensive star Brandon Jenkins will miss the remainder of the season with a left-foot injury. Jenkins suffered the injury during the first half of the ‘Noles impressive 69-3 trounching of the Murray State Racers. Jenkins came back for his senior season and to help solidify FSU’s BCS title run in 2012. A tough blow to Jenkins, the ‘Noles and the ACC.

2. It’s hard to describe the performance of the North Carolina State Wolfpack in its feature game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Its wasn’t an incredibly terrible performance, but for 38 seconds the Wolfpack defense was pathetic. Add the four picks senior QB Mike Glennon tossed and it was a very bad showing for the ACC and NC State in the 35-21 loss to the Vols.

3. The first 59 minutes of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets overtime loss, 20-17, to the Virginia Tech Hokies was a snoozer.  The defenses dominated on both sides of the ball and it was a tough game to watch. Both teams had a combined 338 yards of total offense entering the fourth quarter. But the final frame, the last minute of regulation and overtime redeemed the game of the week from ugly to just bad.

The Ugly

1. The Maryland Terrapins and the William & Mary Tribe set back the game of football 80 years on Saturday. In a game that took almost 3 hours, the Tribe held a 6-0 lead until the final 9-minutes of the fourth quarter when the Terps finally scored the equalizer in the touchdown. The most nerve racking moment of the game was the extra point that followed the Maryland score. Brutal on so many levels.

2. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons tried their best to follow in the footsteps of Maryland as it held off the powerhouse Liberty Eagles, 20-17.  Liberty outgained Wake 363-293 including 272 yards passing. Liberty had the game in control until Wake came up with a pick-six to tie and a 2-yard run late to go head and seal the victory.

3. Nothing was as ugly as to what the future holds for the ACC in the Pittsburgh Panthers.  FCS Youngstown State Penguins completely destroyed the Panthers 31-17. Let that simmer for a bit.


M. Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years experience in sports broadcasting, journalism and college athletics and currently covers ACC Football for Rant Sports.

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