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ACC Football: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 7 of ACC Football Action

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly for Week 7 of ACC Football


There were only four games on the ACC Football schedule for Week 7, so how can there be that much that went Bad or Ugly this past Saturday?


One would think so…

But this is the ACC and ACC Football that is being discussed.

And right now the entire conference should be extremely ticked off and embarrassed at the same time.

As the conference wraps up its first half of the 2012 campaign, there are a pair of teams everyone thought would be there, a pair of teams no one thought would be there, a pair that has self destructed, a pair who do what they always do, a pair who can still save their season and a pair who needs has to wave the white flag and get ready for 2013.

The question to be asked at this point is what needs to be done for that is in the best interest of the ACC down the stretch?

The highest ranked Bowl Championship Series team is the Florida State Seminoles at No. 14.


Add that to the fact the Maryland Terrapins still sit atop the Atlantic Division and the Miami Hurricanes remain as the leader of the Coastal Division and you can clearly see why the nation simply still doesn't trust the play of ACC Football.

So let the debate begin ACC fans…

The ACC has a lot to offer and can still make an impact in the BCS standings.

But it starts right here in trying to maximize its strengths, diminish its weakness and snuff out its failures.

So with no further a due, let’s take a look at The Good, The Bad, The Ugly for Week 7 of ACC Football.

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The Good in ACC Football Action Week 7

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What can you not say good about the North Carolina Tar Heels at this point in the season. First year Head Coach Larry Fedora has his talented team embracing his philosophy on both sides of the ball. Giovanni Bernard broke out for a huge game with 177 yards on 27 carries and a pair of touchdowns to give the the Tar Heels its first road win of 2012 at the Coastal Division leading Miami Hurricanes. Very good work Carolina!

The Virginia Tech Hokies finally decided to show up for the 2012 season as it rallied from a 20-0 deficit to knock off the hot Duke Blue Devils, 41-20. Logan Thomas put up 256 yards passing and another 50 on the ground and two scores. For the Hokies to rally for 41 unanswered points and then to hold a very, very good Duke team scoreless for the next 48 minutes of the game is simply something everyone expected of a Frank Beamer team. Unfortunately no one has seen it until now. But, at least ACC fans know the Hokies still have it.

Is it safe to say the Florida State Seminoles are back with some swagger? The jury might still be out for some, but let’s just say to stop the Boston College Eagles on four-straight plays on the one-yard-line and then take the ball quickly the other way for a score was a start. Taking a 31-7 lead into the half and finishing it off 51-7 could be a very good sign for ‘Noles fans and the ACC nationally. Welcome back FSU.

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The Bad in ACC Football Action Week 7

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The Miami Hurricanes played one heck of a football game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at home this past weekend. The Hurricane defense looked better as it was really only one player for Carolina it couldn’t stop on Saturday. The big blow in the game was the apparent loss of QB Steven Morris to an ankle injury. He is currently questionable as Miami prepares to host the No. 14 Florida State Seminoles. Very, very bad loss for the Hurricanes against the Heels on and off the field.

The Duke Blue Devils for about 12 minutes looked to be pulling the most improbable of feats ever recorded in Blacksburg, Virginia on Saturday. Up 20-0 on the Virginia Tech Hokies it looked like the Blue Devils were going to be on its way to becoming Bowl Eligible for the first time since the (Bill) Clinton administration. But, like the Dot Com Era, things went south quickly as the Hokies scored the final 41 points of the game. It was not surprising that Duke jumped out on top, but it was surprising the Blue Devils depth was so quickly exposed and it ran out of gas so early in the game. Not good for Duke down the stretch and not good for the ACC if the Blue Devils can’t win at least two or more games.

So this is a tie with the Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers. Both lost this past weekend which is bad for the ACC. BC almost gets a pass because it was facing an angry FSU team on the road in getting handled. Virginia fell down 17-0 at home, rallied to cut it to four before finally losing 27-20 to the Maryland Terrapins. Virginia has too much talent to have lost five straight games and its last two at home. Both are just bad, bad efforts from good teams.

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The Ugly in ACC Football Action for Week 7

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So this whole section this week if to rant about the first BCS Rankings.

The ACC has just two ranked teams in the first poll and neither is ranked in the Top 10.


Just a few weeks ago the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers were a pair of Top 10 teams wowing the nation with its high-octone offenses and athletes flying all over the field.

Now, as ACC fans, you have the No. 14 team in the ‘Noles and the No. 19 team in the Tigers.

Completely embarrassing…

There is still a lot of time for things to play out as they will, but for either FSU or Clemson to move dramatically a few things have to happen and it starts with the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Virginia Tech Hokies winning every game remaining on its schedule.

Just simply U-G-L-Y from the ACC in the BCS…


M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.

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