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ACC Week 2 Recap

Before we breakdown the Hokies first victory of the season, it's time to see how the rest of the ACC is shaping up as we head towards week 3 and inch closer to conference play.

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Miami Hurricanes (2-0): Started week 2 on shaky ground as they entered halftime against Florida Atlantic with a score of 20-17; however in the second half the Canes were able to pull away by going on a 24 to 3 run ending in a 44-20 victory. The Hurricanes rushing attack was the deciding factor as they ran for 226 yards, 4 touchdowns on 44 carries on the day. Miami gets their first true test of the season next week when they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Virginia Cavaliers (0-2): As much fun as it is to see the Cavs struggle this early in the year, you have to give the program credit for a non-cupcake schedule as they lost Saturday in heartbreak fashion to Notre Dame 34-27. UVA was led by quarterback Matt Johns who threw for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the defense gave up a late score to the Irish led by their back-up QB DeShone Kizer who replaced Malik Zaire who left the game with a season ending ankle injury. The Cavs get a break in their schedule next week as they host William & Mary, but in week 4 they host the always tough Boise State Broncos. Look for the Cavs to start the year 1-3 as they enter ACC play.

Florida State Seminoles (2-0): The defending ACC champs started slow as well against the South Florida Bulls thanks to some ugly QB play by Everett Golson who finished the game with a pedestrian stat line of 14 for 26, 163 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bulls kept it close in the first half but the Seminoles squashed all hope by unleashing arguably the best player in the ACC, running back Dalvin Cook who finished with the monster stat line of 266 yards and 3 scores. The Noles get started in ACC action next week as they head to Boston College for a Friday night event and this has the feeling of a possible upset if the Noles come into this game lackadaisical.

Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0): Losing James Conner for the season was a gut punch to the Panthers fan base, but as a  Hokie fan who is still reeling from the Brewer injury I just don't have much sympathy. Despite the loss of Conner, Pittsburgh took care of business Saturday with a 24-7 victory over Akron. Story of the day was the Pitt defense as they held the Zips to a measly 110 yards of TOTAL offense on the day whereas the Panthers established the running game by gaining 127 yards on 46 caries and two scores. The Panthers will need a stout defensive performance next week as they head to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes in a nice out of conference match-up.

Louisville (0-2): What happened to the Cardinals? After playing Auburn to the wire last week, the Cardinals had a complete 4th quarter meltdown at home by allowing 17 points to the visiting Houston Cougars and losing by the score of 34-31. The Cards couldn't establish anything in the running game and yielded 4 turnovers on the day, basically handing the game to the Cougars. Next week there is good news and bad news, the good news is the Cards play at home and will try to redeem themselves in front of the Louisville faithful, but the bad news is they host the ACC favorites, the Clemson Tigers. Hopefully the Cardinals can rally themselves, but after two weeks it looks like 0-3 is a likely reality.

Syracuse (2-0)  vs Wake Forest (1-1): Believe it or not ACC action started for some with the Orange dominating the second half and securing a 30-17 victory over the Demon Deacons. The Orange were led by freshman quarterback Eric Dungey who made his first start in ACC play by converting 8 of 13 passes for 221 yards and two scores. The defense for the Orange was able to force 3 interceptions on the day and converted one of those into a pick six touchdown. Wake Forest will look to rebound next week as they play Army on the road while the Orange will host Central Michigan with the LSU Tigers looming on the schedule on September 26th.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0): In my humble opinion, GT is the favorites to take the ACC crown this year and that is in large part to the QB play of Justin Thomas as he has clearly mastered Paul Johnson's option attack which continued on Saturday as the Yellow Jackets steamrolled Tulane 65-10. Of course GT racked up the rushing yards with 439 yards and 6 scores, but Thomas was able to convert two additional scores in the air making this offense a nightmare match-up. The Yellow Jackets will be tested next week as they head to South Bend to play Notre Dame, but  due to the injury to Malik Zaire this game could have the making of a rout.

Other action/scores are below and the match-ups just weren't interesting enough to breakdown because all of these victories were expected blowouts.

NC State Wolfpack (2-0): 35-0 beat down over Eastern Kentucky. The Wolfpack will face Old Dominion then South Alabama in the coming weeks or better called the poo poo platter special schedule.

North Carolina (1-1): Victory! 53-14 over North Carolina A&T. The Tarheels will stay home and face Illinois next week in a meaningless ACC-Big Ten match up.

Duke Blue Devils (2-0): Just a ho-hum 55-0 drubbing over North Carolina Central. Duke stays home as well next week and will host Northwestern in a slightly intriguing ACC-Big Ten match up.

Boston College Eagles (2-0): 76-0 over Howard, I mean could it get any worse than that. BC will host the Seminoles this up-coming Friday night followed by the pesky Northern Illinois Huskies.

Clemson Tigers (2-0): Taking care of business, 41-10 over Appalachian State. The Tigers head to Louisville next week to kickoff ACC play followed up by hosting Notre Dame the following week.