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ACC Football: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The BCS for Week 12

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The BCS for ACC Football



Week 12 of ACC Football action pretty much played out the way everyone thought it would…

The 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles dumped the depleated Maryland Terrapins, 41-14, to claim the Atlantic Division Crown.

The 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers outscored the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 62-48.

And it was proven that no one else is even close to the talent of FSU and Clemson…

Maybe the North Carolina Tar Heels


But as things played out, it will either be the Miami Hurricanes or the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as the opponent and the winner of the Coastal Division.

Let’s just go on record and say that the ACC Championship Game will be the noon game for December 1.


But at least there is still the BCS Rankings with all of the upsets this week…

Oh yeah…

The ‘Noles and the Tigers are not allowed to every leave No. 10 and No. 11.

There’s a lot more on this to be said later in this article and for the week.

But it is OK for the ACC to claim the Top-Ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

If this ranking just released is not motivation enough for the ACC versus the SEC this coming weekend, it’s time to just blow up the entire league.


This is going to be one nervous week for ACC fans…

But for now, let’s check out all that was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for what was Week 12 in the ACC.

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The Good - ACC Football Week 12


Where do you start to hand out the offensive awards for the 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers win over North Carolina State Wolfpack. Both teams combined for 1351 total yards. Clemson put up 754 total yards. But the big award goes out to Tobias Palmer of NC State. Palmer went for 496 total yards and three touchdowns. That was good enough for only second in the nation for week 12 but is now the new mark for others to shoot for in the ACC.

The North Carolina Tar Heels put a pair of new records on the books in its win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday night. Freshman WR Quinshad Davis tied the ACC Record with 16 recepctions and 174 yards while sophomore QB Bryn Renner became the first Tar Heel passer to go for over 3,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

Say what you want to say, but the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are alive and kicking. A lot of this is due in large part to senior QB Tevin Washington. For the moments of grief he has had at time, Washington went out in a big way on Senior Day in Atlanta, Georgia. Washington set a school and ACC record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback when he capped a 13-play drive with his 1-yard scoring run on Georgia Tech's first drive. The rushing touchdown was his 36th. Joshua Nesbitt had the old record of 35 for the Yellow Jackets from 2007-10. A great way to go out on a high note at home for Washington.

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The Bad - ACC Football Week 12


No team probably wants this season to hurry up and be over than the Boston College Eagles. Despite giving another great effort, the Eagles came up short again versus the Virginia Tech Hokies. The loss gives BC a 1-6 mark in ACC Football and 2-9 overall.

The Duke Blue Devils are Bowl Eligible and have been for a while. But Duke is now 1-4 in its past five games and have been outscored 216-84. That just bad for a team who can still play spoiler in the Coastal Division race.

Coming into the 2012 season, the strength of the North Carolina State Wolfpack was suppose to be its defense. Well, that has never panned out; except for that one game against the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles. In the Wolfpack’s five losses, they have been outscored 217-147. In their six wins, State has scored 167 and only has given up 68. How can a team look so great at times and so utterly inept at others.

Let’s just face the facts that it is simply pathetic that the Virginia Tech Hokies are not Bowl Eligible. Words just can’t describe it. The Hokies are putting all their chips in their last game against the Virginia Cavaliers. Just bad for ACC Football and Virginia Tech.

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The Ugly - ACC Football Week 12


The ACC was handing out stickers saying “Yes, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in the ACC” after they drilled the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 38-0. The Demon Deacons are young, but it was men versus boys on Saturday. And that is just simply ugly for the current ACC.

Another team that is ready for the 2012 season to end is the Maryland Terrapins. In fact, not only are the Terps ready to end the year, but they are ready to call it quits completely in the ACC. Ugly timing for an ugly season for Maryland.

How many ugly ways have the Virginia Cavaliers lost this season? A glimpse of the 2012 slate came late in Thursday night’s game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Poised to tie the game at 20, but a dropped wide open 80-yard pass here and a couple of fourth-and-goal stops there and all of a sudden the Cavliers get pounded 37-13 and watch its bowl hopes go up in flames.

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The BCS - ACC Football Week 13

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It is just ridiculous that the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers cannot move up in the BCS Rankings for the third week in a row.

And the more troubling thing is that no one cares!

The ‘Noles still have a chance to prove something against the 4th-ranked Florida Gators and then the ACC Championship Game.

But what about Clemson?

The Tigers must dismantle the 12th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks and hope a lot of teams lose one more time above them.

This is just insane…

But thankfully, there is still Week 13 (yes 13) and the Conference Championships.


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, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.