ACC Football: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from ACC Action in Week 5
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 5 of ACC Football Action
At what point do fans finally wave the white flag when it comes to ACC Football and its ability to live up to expectations?
Not to be too critical, but when the best team in the league can’t put away a middle of the road Big East team and a pair of experienced teams get blasted at home by the WAC and Sun Belt, it’s time to rethink the direction of the conference.
Just… Simply… Embarrassing…
So how do you like that as a start to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in ACC Football action from Week 5?
Not to be the black angel of death for the ACC fully…
There were a lot of great moments and a lot of The Good in the conference this week.
But, when one pulls up the stats on Monday morning and begins to dig through it as a whole, there seems to always be more of The Bad and The Ugly than The Good.
Let’s face it, there could be an epic novel written on The Bad and The Ugly on what is happening in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Charlottesville, Virginia, alone.
Maybe the greatest tragic comedy since Shakespeare…
So, before things really get depressing, let’s jump in and take a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Week 5 of everything ACC Football.
Let’s face it; everyone was wrong on the Miami Hurricanes. Two weeks in a row these young athletes have battled and battled and have found a way to win close games against more talented and experienced teams. It has been fun to watch in every way. Big time kudos to QB Stephen Morris and WRs Phillip Dorsett (picture above) and WR Rashawn Scott. Morris went 26-49-1 for 566, Dorsett grabbed seven passes for 191 and two scores and Scott pulled in six for 180 and two scores as well. Great Hail Mary to end the game on and boom… Miami is at 4-1 and 2-0 in the Coastal Division. Very good indeed!
The North Carolina Tar Heels really delivered on Saturday with a 66-0 beat down of the Idaho Vandals. The Heels did EXACTLY what an ACC Football team should do to any other team on any level outside the top teams in the SEC, Big 10, Big 12 or Pac-12. For that they get a pat on the ole back. In addition, Carolina K Casey Barth passed RB Leon Johnson as UNC’s all-time leading scorer with 317 career points. Good day to be a Tar Heel for sure.
You simply cannot hide this story any longer; the Duke Blue Devils are 4-1 overall, 1-0 and tied for second-place in the Coastal Division after Beating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 34-27. This is Duke’s best start since 1994. Duke pretty much dominated Wake on the road and they should be an interesting opponent in the ACC for the remainder of the 2012 campaign. Let’s just hope the fans still support a winning team once basketball starts back up in a few weeks.
Things are getting worse by the day in Winston Salem, North Carolina, as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost its top player in WR Michael Campanaro (pictured above) to a broken hand. The injury occurred during Wake’s loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. Campanaro is officially out indefinitely for Wake at this point. He was 5th in the nation in receiving prior to his injury on Saturday. Tough break, literally, for Campanaro and Wake Forest.
Where do you want to begin when it comes to the Virginia Tech Hokies. They are just simply a grease fire right now after the last-second loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats. The defense is not where it needs to be and the offense seems more focused on trying not to lose than winning. Add the five turnover performance on Saturday and things are just bad for the Hokies right now. The ACC cannot afford for them to be bad much longer.
So the Florida State Seminoles won against the South Florida Bulls. Whoopie. In any college football season, you have to get lucky and win some games you probably should not, but the ‘Noles should have put it to the Bulls Saturday and did not. It was a lackluster, emotionless go-through-the-motions type of game that FSU cannot afford to have at any point for the remainder of the season. Despite the win, it was a bad showing for the No. 4 team in the nation. The ACC needs the Seminoles to be dominate at every turn.
TheGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets... Should anything else need to be said? This is by far the most disappointing team in college football at this point after the Jackets got dismantled at home by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 49-28. There is not enough space or time to discuss everything that needs to be fixed in Atlanta, Georgia. Folks do not make coaching decisions midway through a football season, but things are so bad this might need to happen with Tech. Just Ugly!
It seems that the Virginia Cavaliers are attempting to give the Yellow Jackets a run for their money on the Ugliest Team Award this week. Not only did the Cavaliers lose at home to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 44-38, but they gave up a 24-20 lead by allowing 21 unanswered points in the third-quarter. Virginia simply cannot hold on to the ball and is its own worst enemy at this point in the season. Again, Just Ugly!
It is tough to put the North Carolina State Wolfpack on the Ugly List but it’s just simply unavoidable. So much was expected from a Wolfpack offense and defense that had experience to be able to contend for a shot at greatness in the ACC in 2012. An experienced team cannot give up the yards it gives up on a weekly basis. At 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the ACC Atlantic Division, NC State should be so much better and for that reason alone they are just UGLY right now.
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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