1. Clemson Tigers: Clemson blasted Wake Forest, 63-3. The Tigers had three separate players with 125+ rushing yards and they each had rushing TDs of 60+ yards. Lawrence looked fantastic and Chase Brice also looked sharp when he had a chance to play. Clemson has a bye week coming up, but will next face N.C. State in a battle of the last unbeatens in the ACC.
2. N.C. State Wolfpack: NCST barely escaped Boston College, 28-23, and improved to 5-0, the program’s best start since 2002. Finley threw for 308 yards and two TDs while Gallaspy II added two TDs and 104 yards on the ground. The ‘Pack will have their hands full with Clemson in two weeks.
3. Syracuse Orange: Syracuse looked flat on defense allowing two big scoring plays of 69 yards and 68 yards. Eric Dungey threw two interceptions and was the leading rusher for the Orange. The miscues by Syracuse allowed Pitt to force overtime ultimately defeating the Orange, 37-44. Syracuse is going to need some answers on a rushing defense that allowed 293 yards last week and 265 this week. In two weeks, Syracuse will face off against UNC.
4. Boston College Eagles: Running back A.J. Dillon was held out of the game after injuring himself last week. Junior RB, Ben Glines, stepped in nicely, racking up 90 yards and a TD over 16 carries. BC special teams scored off a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter, but NCST was able to hold off their late game charge.
5. Florida State Seminoles: At one-point FSU was leading 27-7, but back to back Seminole turnovers, in the third quarter, allowed the ‘Canes to score 14 points in 42 seconds. Early in the fourth quarter N’Kosi hit Brevin Jordan for a 41-yard touchdown and the Bubba Baxa extra point put Miami up by one whole point. That one point was enough for Miami to win, 27-28.
6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Wake was absolutely obliterated by Clemson. They get next weekend off but will face Florida State in two weeks.
7. Louisville Cardinals: Jawon Pass looked solid under center, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cardinals from suffering a 66-31 defeat. Louisville’s troubled defense had no answers against the triple option, allowing 542 yards on the ground. Next weekend the Cardinals will look to halt their three-game slide against BC.
1. Miami-Florida Hurricanes: That was a close call, but Miami was able to rally on the back of FSU mistakes in the second half to facilitate a 21-point comeback and improve to 5-1. Next weekend Miami heads to Charlottesville.
2. Virginia Tech Hokies: Notre Dame socked the Hokies in the mouth, 23-45, in front of a home crowd. There were miscues and mistakes on both sides of the ball, but the overall issue is the general inexperience and youth playing. The Hokies are starting many freshmen / sophomores while Notre Dame is starting largely juniors / seniors. Even with the loss the Hokies are the best team in the Coastal after Miami. Next week VT looks to return to their winning ways against UNC.
3. Duke Blue Devils: Duke was idle this weekend.
4. Virginia Cavaliers: UVA was idle this weekend.
5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: GT only completed one pass, for 12 yards, and only threw two total passes during the entire game. Five different players had rushing TDs on the Yellow Jackets’ march to 542 rushing yards. GT seems to be getting better at effectively running the triple option, but next week’s game against Duke should give a better idea if the Georgia Tech performance is for real.
6. Pittsburgh Panthers: Pitt was given several gifts from a Syracuse squad that played Clemson to the bone last weekend. Qadree Ollison had quite a day carrying 24 times for 192 yards and a TD. Darrin Hall was Pitt’s second 100-yard rusher and scored two of his own TDs. Pitt was able to sneak a surprise OT win. Next weekend the Panthers take on a rolling Notre Dame squad.
7. North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina was idle this weekend.
Overall Conference Rankings
1. (No. 4 AP / No. 4 Coaches) Clemson Tigers (6-0) – Static
2. (No. 16 / No. 15) Miami-Florida Hurricanes (5-1) – Static
3. (No. 20 / No. 19) N.C. State Wolfpack (5-0) – Up One
4. Syracuse Orange (4-2) – Down One
5. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-2) – Down One
6. Duke Blue Devils (4-1) – Static
7. Boston College Eagles (4-2) – Static
8. Virginia Cavaliers (3-2) – Up One
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-3) – Up Two
10. Florida State Seminoles (3-3) – Static
11. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-3) – Up Three
12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-3) – Down Four
13. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-4) – Static
14. Louisville Cardinals (2-4) – Down Two