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ACC Football: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 6 in ACC Football Action

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 6 in ACC Football Action


So through six weeks of ACC Football Action we have the following situation…

The Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers are ranked in the Top 25… Yet neither is leading the Atlantic Division standings. The top spot, right now, somehow belongs to the Maryland Terrapins.


Wanna hear one better, though…

The Miami Hurricanes and the Duke Blue Devils are currently leading the Coastal Division

Yes folks, cats are sleeping with dogs in the world of ACC Football and it’s not a good thing.

Oh... Where to start…

The hotbed of the ACC lies right in the heart of Tobacco Road as Duke dumped the Virginia Cavaliers, the North Carolina Tar Heels pounded the Virginia Tech Hokies and somehow, someway the North Carolina State Wolfpack upset the then 3rd-Ranked Seminoles.

This is only the fourth time in the history of the world that the teams of the Research Triangle have won on the same day in ACC Football action. The previous three times were on October 15, 1994, September 21, 1964 and September 28, 1957.

As far as the Wolfpack’s win, some sportswriter you know and love called the upset down to the final play 45 days ago.

Despite being tied for second in the Atlantic Division, Clemson takes the overall kudos for the week for taking some big punches from the desperate Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and still finding away to finish the game and cover.

Another game that intelligent sportswriter nailed…

Anyway, enough of the self-promotion, let’s get to the bottom of what everyone wants to know in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Week 6 of ACC Football.

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The Good from Week 6 in ACC Football Action

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The Duke Blue Devils are for real folks following a 42-17 destruction of the Virginia Cavaliers. Duke WR Conner Vernon (pictured above) caught a pair of touchdown passes and became the ACC All-Team Leader in Receptions during the game. Durham, North Carolina, at least for the next few weeks, is more than just a basketball town.

Sophomore RB Giovanni Bernard had it going as he rushed 27 times for 262 yards in a 48-34 victory for the North Carolina Tarheels on Saturday. In all Carolina racked up 533 yards of total offense against solid defense of the Virginia Tech Hokies. A very good day to be a Tar Heel indeed.

Where does one start with this game! Down 16-0 at half to the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles, the gritty North Carolina State Wolfpack pulled the perfect game in the second half for the 17-16 upset. The Pack scored 14 points in the final 13 minutes for the win and held the high-powered ‘Noles to just 343 total yards for the game.

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The Bad from Week 6 of ACC Football Action

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Well, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets did give the Clemson Tigers everything they could handle for about three quarters in Death Valley on Saturday. But then there was the fourth quarter. When the dust settled the Yellow Jackets had given up 17 unanswered points en-route to allowing 601 total yards to the Tigers. The stat of the game… Clemson was 13-for-19 on third-down… yes… 13-for-19. And with that at 3:30 p.m. today, Georgia Tech relieved Defensive Coordinator Al Groh of his duties. Very bad especially in the middle of the season…

After stopping the Army Black Knights on the half-inch line on fourth down with under 2 minutes to play and leading by four, an ACC team is suppose to be able to close out its opponent and finish the game with a win. Well, the Boston College Eagles could not pull off this task as it fell 34-31 to Army. The Black Knights gave QB Chase Rettig all he could handle holding the top passer in the ACC and the No. 11 passer in the nation to just 197 yards. Bad effort from the Eagles.

What in the world has happened to the storied defense for the Virginia Tech Hokies? It was nowhere to be found Saturday as the Hokies gave up 533 yards and 48 points to the North Carolina Tarheels. In fact, Virginia Tech gave up over half of those yards to Tar Heel RB Giovanni Bernard who went for 272 total yards (262 rushing). Bad, bad defense by the Hokies.

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The Ugly From Week 6 in ACC Football Action


Kudos to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, but there is no way under the sun the Florida State Seminoles as the No. 3 team in the nation cannot find a way to score in the second half to win the ballgame. FSU couldn’t do anything in the second half and finished with only 343 total yards on 66 plays. The ‘Noles were 3-of-15 on third-downs. The fact the Seminoles had two opportunities to run out the clock and couldn’t was also made the game just UGLY. Another year without a BCS Champion contender for the ACC… (insert the sound of ACC Commissioner John Swofford throwing up)

It’s clearly hot seat time for Virginia Cavaliers' Head Coach Mike London. The Duke Blue Devils demolished the Cavaliers on the scoreboard, but it was a different story if you looked at the stats. Virginia had more first-downs, more passing yards, more rushing yards, more total yards ran 14 more plays and held the ball 3 minutes longer than the Blue Devils. As a team, you win every category and you lose 42-17. That is just flat ugly.

So the old rivalry was a beat down in Chicago, Illinois, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolled up 21 points in the fourth and crushed the Miami Hurricanes, 41-3. Just an Ugly loss for the Hurricanes in every way... But here is the super ugly numbers for the team that the ACC boasts as the leader in the clubhouse for the Coastal Division… the two ranked opponents Miami has played on the road, 91 points… Miami, 16…. Yup… 91-16! Add the Hurricanes have given up 288, 233, 287, 224 and 378 yards rushing in the last five games. (sigh) UGLY!


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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