Woody's Log Week 5: All Hail the ACC Football Coastal Division Leading Miami Hurricanes

By M. Shannon Smallwood

Raise your hand if you picked the Miami Hurricanes to be sitting atop the Coastal Division of ACC Footballheading into Week 5.



If this expert didn’t see it coming, then no one else did…

So, yes, the young Hurricanes have fought and clawed its way to a 3-1 overall record and perfect 2-0 mark in the Coastal.

Miami hosts cross-division rival the North Carolina State Wolfpack in one of three big ACC match-ups and six out of conference tilts for Week 5.

So far Woody hasn’t quite delivered on the goods. Week 4 saw another pitiful 5-3-1 mark that puts the yearly mark at 24-15-1.



Nobody puts Woody in the corner…

So let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers in Woody’s Log for Week 5.



Middle Tennessee State Blue Radiers (-26.5) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Joshua D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

Noon – Fox Sports Regional Network

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Georgia Tech surely has forgotten about the debacle that was the end of its conference tilt with Miami last week.

The question is which Yellow Jacket team is going to show up?

No one will argue Georgia Tech has superior talent on both sides of the ball to handle the Blue Raiders easily, but the question is giving up 26.5 points.

Tony Zenon (pictured above) will put up a couple of big plays and Tech will win, but not cover 42-21.


North Carolina State Wolfpack at Miami Hurricanes (-2)


Noon – ESPNU

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The Game of the Week for ACC fans without a doubt.

NC State is 3-1 overall and heads to the heat and humidity of Coral Gables, Florida, for its conference opener against the ‘Canes.

Four weeks ago, this game looked like a big mismatch in favor of the Wolfpack.


That was four weeks ago…

Freshman Duke Johnson (picture above) has arrived for the ‘Canes. Johnson leads all of college football in total yards from scrimmage. Add Mike James and you have one of the best running back combos in the ACC and the country that will wear out NC State in South Beach.

Miami wins, covers and stays at the top spot in the Coastal Division, 34-31.


Duke Blue Devils at Wake Forest Demon Deacons(-2)


12:30 p.m. – ACC Network

XM 192 – SIRIUS 136



It is really amazing that what you are about to read and what this guy is about to say…

Duke is starting to put together a quietly strong football season and has all the talent in the right places to give Wake fits.

Duke senior QB Sean Renfree (pictured above) is 3rd in the ACC in passing average, 2nd in passing yards and is 4th in total offense.


Think about the explosive talent in the ACC and this kid from Duke is in the top 5.

Full props.

Wake is a very young team still trying to put all the pieces together.

Duke takes this big game on Tobacco Road, 44-31.



No. 16 Clemson Tigers (-7) at Boston College Eagles

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

3:30 p.m. – ESPN2

XM 192 – SIRIUS 134



Everybody and their cousin’s dentist is picking the Eagles in the shocker!

But who wouldn’t right?

BC has had an extra week to prepare for a Clemson squad who will be without the services of Sammy Watkins.

Plus the Eagles have Chase Rettig who can flat sling it against the “terrible” Tiger defense.

(deep breath)

Clemson is elite and Head Coach Dabo Swinney knows that they need a statement game to prove their value nationally.

Tajh Boyd will introduce everyone in the nation to the talents of TE Brandon Ford (both pictured above), the Clemson defense will all of a sudden look not so terrible and the Tigers will win, 38-13.



Idaho Vandals (-27.5) at North Carolina Tar Heels

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

3:30 p.m. – Fox Sports Regional Sports Network

XM 196 – SIRIUS 138



It’s party time in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, following the big Top Ranking in the Sex Life Category in Playboy’s Party Schools of 2012.

In other words, there has never been a more perfect time for the Heels to welcome the Vandals to town.

Bryn Renner (pictured above) will sling it all over the field and Carolina will have a lot of reasons for everyone to celebrate on campus this week.

Even the Vandals will be happy they are the team in town this week…

Carolina cruises, 55-10.


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (-3.5) at Virginia Cavaliers

Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

3:30 p.m. – ESPN3

XM 199 – SIRIUS 113



If any team in the ACC needs to break out of a funk it is the Virginia Cavaliers.

After getting blitzed on the road in and out of conference play for the past two weeks, the Cavaliers are happy to be home and excited to see LA Tech on the other side of the field.

But Virginia better not get too complacent…

The Bulldogs are 3-0 on the season and are averaging 54.7 points per game. LA Tech is 22nd in the nation in rushing, 22nd in the nation in passing and 3rd in the nation in points scored.

Uh oh…

The only saving grace for Virginia is the Bulldogs defense which ranks 114th in the country and gives up over 36 points per game.

Look for Darius Jennings to get a lot of different opportunities for Virginia and score a lot of points.

The Cavaliers survive a shoot-out 42-40.

But even if they don’t…

Playboy says Virginia is the Top Party School of 2012

So who cares… right?


Virginia Tech Hokies at Cincinnati Bearcats (-6.5)


3:30 p.m. – ESPNU

XM 190 – SIRIUS 112



Another tough game for the Hokies at they square off against the Bearcats at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.


Not much has gone right on offense for Virginia Tech this season. In fact not too much feels like has gone right at all for the Hokies.

But, Tech is 3-1 overall and it seems like each week Head Coach Frank Beamer gets one more piece of his puzzle securely in place.

This week, Michael Holmes (pictured above) gets his groove back and goes for 120+ on the ground.

On a neutral field, Virginia Tech covers and rolls, 33-14.


No. 4 Florida State Seminoles at South Florida Bulls (-16)

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

6 p.m. – ESPN

XM 191 – SIRIUS 136



Running Angry….

That’s what the ‘Nole are doing right now…

And there is nothing the Bulls can do to change this at this moment.

Sophomore James Wilder, Jr., (pictured above) and the FSU offense has proven they are focused and ready to run angry and score against any defense.

The Seminoles roll in Tampa, Florida, 55-3.




There is the winners for Week 5…

Lock it in and enjoy your ACC Football Action!


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

Follow him @woodysmalls

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