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ACC Football: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 8

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly from Week 8

Week 8

What a fun Week 8 in ACC Football action!

There was not a game without drama and the hype did not disappoint.

Even the Wake Forest Demon Deacons win over the Virginia Cavaliers was solid.

But when all was said and done the College Football world was still not impressed.

Even Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger was mocking the league during the rivalry battle between the 14th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes.

It was sickening to be honest…

Herbie...Just say it isn't so...

Have you watched your beloved Big 10 lately?

But as the dust settled, maybe these guys were right…

Despite wins at the top by the ‘Noles and the Clemson Tigers, there was still no love from the BCS Rankings as they came in at No. 12 and No. 18 respectively.

It is to the point the only thing that can be done is some late season magic against the almighty SEC.

A pair of wins there would be a great place to start the hype for 2013.

So enough of the complaining about rankings...

It’s time to get to the meat of what was Week 8…

You had comebacks and last second wins mixed in with some excellent defensive efforts.

Yes… excellent defensive efforts…

There was even one team that might have turned the corner to get back in the race for the ACC Title Game.

So here is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Week 8 in ACC Football play.

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The Good


How about the Duke Blue Devils who pulled out a last second win over its hated rival the North Carolina Tar Heels. It was a signature win for Duke on national TV that has the Blue Devils sitting at the leaders in the Coastal Division. Oh and the Blue Devils became Bowl Eligible with the victory as well. Maybe the greatest weekend every for Duke Football.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Interim Defensive Coordinator Charles Kelly came to play Saturday in its 37-17 victory over the Boston College Eagles. Yes, Tech did give up 17 points, but considering the 1000s of points and yards it had given up prior to its off week, this effort was of epic proportions. The Jackets held the Eagles to just 32 yards rushing and 296 total yards in the game. Just simply amazing.

Quietly, the Clemson Tigers are becoming that team that just knows how to win ballgames. Despite putting up only 295 total yards, the Tigers put up 38 points and only allowed 17 against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies seemed to have figured things out the week before and looked fantastic the first half, but the Tigers have a swagger folks around Death Valley hasn't seen in a long time; if ever.

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The Bad


The North Carolina Tar Heels were flat dominated by its rival the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, but found itself up 30-26 with 3:12 to go. The Heels could not hold on as they let the Blue Devils march 87 yards on 14 plays to win the game. In all, the heralded Carolina defense gave up 510 yards to Duke in the Battle of the Victory Bell.

The Maryland Terrapins has a tremendous opportunity to make a statement at home against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday. The Terps had the Wolfpack dead to rights, but let them drive the field when it counted to kick the game winning 43-yard field goal. In all, Maryland help the ball for more than 35 minutes and racked up 462 yards of total offense. But in the end, all the Terps had to show for their efforts was a 20-18 defeat. To make matters worse, Maryland lost Freshman Starting QB Perry Hills to a left knee injury in the game. Hills is having a MRI on Monday. Bad day for the Terps.

The 14th-ranked Florida State Seminoles came very, very close to having the entire ACC implode in front of everyone. Leading just 16-13 heading into the fourth quarter against its rival the Miami Hurricanes, things were eerily looking a lot like a repeat of the disaster in Raleigh, North Carolina a few weeks earlier. FSU won the game 33-20 in the end, but scoring only 33 when it puts up 447 total yards and 516 return yards is just bad on every level.

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The Ugly


The Boston College Eagles are done and are looking like it is going to end up as the worst team in the ACC in 2012. Back to back games with just one touchdown offensively and over 1000 yards of offense allowed and 89 points later and you can see the writing on the wall this may be the end for Head Coach Frank Spaziani

The Virginia Cavaliers… Insert the Joke of the Week here. The Cavaliers lost another game at home, 17-10, to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons after allowing only 213 yards of totally offense. Virginia racked up 301 total yards on the day. Another game won in the stats and lost on the field.

Things are so bad in Virginia, the Cavaliers are getting mentioned here again. Stat of the week… Virginia has thrown 12 interceptions while only picking off a single pass itself on defense. The Cavaliers have been outscored 247-172 on the season despite out-gaining its opponents by 400+ yards. Pathetic…

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Week 8 Wrap-up


So there is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Week 8 of ACC Football action.

At this point in the season, a team is who they are…

No turning back and no changing the course this late in the campaign.

Now, if only the Seminoles and the Tigers can get some love in the BCS, all will be well.

Let’s just hope Boston College and Virginia rolls over and doesn't do anything stupid to really mess up the conference strength.

But that is a task that is probably impossible to overcome until Thanksgiving Weekend


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.

Follow him @woodysmalls.