Four weeks down, twelve to go. The college football landscape is off to a wild start. Here’s a smattering of what we learned about the ACC in Week 4.
1. Florida State is a cut above Clemson. The wild Saturday night in Tallahassee left Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles alone atop the ACC and in position for a BCS run. While Clemson is loaded with play makers on both side of the ball, E.J. Manuel was the difference in this early season showdown. His nearly 500 yards of offense from the quarterback position brought back memories of Vince Young against USC in the Rose Bowl. Manuel was that good on Saturday night.
2. Virginia Tech knows how to bounce back. The Hokies’ early seasons struggles have allowed Frank Beamer’s team to become proficient at one thing: Rebounding. Virginia Tech was in control from the opening kickoff against an over-matched Bowling Green team. If Pittsburgh continues to improve in the Big East, we might look back on Tech’s loss last week as a blip on the radar of another big season in Blacksburg.
3. Miami isn’t great, but they are resilient. There may not be a crazier ACC game on the slate than what we saw out of Miami-Georgia Tech on Saturday night. 19-0, Miami. 36-19, Georgia Tech. 42-36, Miami. 95% of teams would have wilted under the persistent and punishing running game of the Yellow Jackets, hostile environment in Atlanta, and succumbed to the inclination to get all the points back at once. Give credit to Miami for escaping with an ACC road win.
4. Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State all move to 3-1, yet we still don’t know much about these teams. Wake deserves the early nod because of their victory over North Carolina. Duke should probably be ranked towards the bottom of the 3-1 squads because of their light out-of-conference schedule. In the end, N.C. State could be the best of this bunch. Let’s get conference play rolling.