Around the ACC: Week 7


The bad news keeps coming at North Carolina. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin was dismissed from the team while wide receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.  The NCAA ruled that Little and Quinn received improper benefits and then lied about it to NCAA investigators.

Going into last week’s Florida State at Miami match-up a key to the game was obviously going to be which offensive line could do the ‘ job of protecting their qb considering the game matched up the number one and two teams in the country in quarterback sacks.  Big kudos go to the Seminole line. Not only was Christian Ponder not sacked once but the Noles rushed for 298 yards  in their 45-17 beat-down of the canes.

The sellout crowd of 75,115 at Sun Life Stadium for Saturdays Cane – Nole matchup was the first sellout for Miami since 2004 when 78,622 attended the 16-10 Miami win over FSU

Clemson fans are not happy with the fact that running back Andre Ellington who leads the ACC in both yards per game and rushing td’s only had twelve carries in the Tigers 21-16 loss to North Carolina. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has said that Ellington will get more carries this week.  “He’s earned it. He’s been productive. We’ve got to do a better job there. Again that’s on me: I have to make sure that happens. “ , said Swinney.

Boston College is 2-3 following their 44-17 loss at NC State, the third straight for the Eagles, which puts them under  .500 after five games for the first time since the 1998 season. That is also the last time they lost three straight games.

ACC stats and facts:

In its previous 57 years, no quarterback has ever led the ACC in rushing. Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt leads the conference this week in rushing yards per game, averaging 90.5 yards per game.

The career ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions for NC State QB Russell Wilson is 3.61 to 1. It is the best in ACC history for a player with 40 or more career touchdown passes and it is the best among all current NCAA FBS quarterbacks with 40 or more career TD passes with the exception of Boise State’s Kellen Moore.

It’s been twenty-nine years since an ACC team has rushed for as many yards as Georgia Tech did in its 33-21 win over Virginia. The Yellow Jackets ran for 477 yards, the 6th-best rushing performance in ACC history

Boston College sophomore LB Luke Kuechly leads the nation this week in tackles per game, averaging 14.2 a contest after recording a career-high 20 tackles vs NC State.

 

Maryland WR Tony Logan leads the nation in punt returns this week after recording his punt returns of 84 and 85 yards on back-to-back weekends.

When North Carolina and Virginia meet this Saturday, it will mark the 115th renewal of the series which is the ACC’s and the South’s oldest. The two teams met originally on Oct. 22, 1892, but did not meet in 1899, 1906 and 1909. Following a break for WWI in 1917-18, beginning in 1919, the two teams have played in each of the 91 succeeding years with the 92nd scheduled for Saturday.

 

Rising Stock: Florida State – The Seminoles silenced a lot of doubter with their impressive win at Miami.

Falling Stock: Miami – The Canes were outplayed, outcoached and looked uninspired in their loss to FSU.

ACC Power Poll (last week’s ranking in parentheses)

  1. 1. Florida State (2)
  2. 2. Virginia Tech (3)
  3. 3. North Carolina State (4)
  4. 4. Miami (1)
  5. 5. Maryland (6)
  6. 6. Georgia Tech (7)
  7. 7. North Carolina (8)
  8. 8. Clemson (5)
  9. 9. Wake Forest (9)
  10. 10. Boston College (10)
  11. 11. Virginia (11)
  12. 12. Duke (12)

 

Blind Squirrels weekly picks:

Last week’s results (5-1)

Maryland at Clemson: Clemson needs this win badly. Maryland coming off back to back home wins over FIU and Duke will find this road trip a little tougher. My pick: Clemson 31 – Maryland 28

Boston College at Florida State: FSU needs to avoid a letdown after the big win over Miami. They are clicking on all cylinders and BC is hoping to avoid losing their fourth straight.                                              My pick: Florida State 29 – Boston College 17

NC State at East Carolina: Very interesting matchup. NC States only loss is the heartbreaker to VT. ECU returns home from a three game road trip. The Wolfpack has proven it can win on the road.                  My pick: NC State 38 – East Carolina 31

Miami at Duke: Miami will be looking to erase the bad taste of their embarrassing performance last week. My pick: Miami 35 – Duke 17

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech: Wake is hoping to end a four game losing streak while VT is riding a four game winning streak since the stunning loss to James Madison. VT can’t afford a letdown here.                           My pick: Virginia Tech 34 – Wake Forest 17

Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech: MTSU has lost on the road at Troy and Memphis or maybe even more embarrassingly they lost at home to Minnesota. On paper this shouldn’t be close.  My pick: Georgia Tech 42 – Middle Tennessee 13

North Carolina at Virginia: Give UNC some credit. They have won three straight with all the turmoil surrounding their program.  Virginia has lost two straight. My pick: Virginia 21 – UNC 20

Written by John Huber.  Follow him on Twitter @Fort80.

GameDay


After a very long week of sub-par football games, College Football Saturday is finally here!! This week is mainly focused on some big time match ups in some of the big time conferences, but a couple key out of conference games are still on the schedule. Check us out every Saturday morning for our primer to GameDay!

The Big 10 boasts a couple games to keep an eye on this week. Indiana brings its high powered offense to The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes stingy defense. Depending on the health of Terrelle Pryor, this could be a tight game. The game of the week in the Big 10 would have to be Michigan State at Michigan. This rivalry got a whole lot more interesting with the emergence of Denard Robinson facing the very talented Spartan defense, led by Greg Jones.

A couple of the out of conference games to at the very least keep an eye on would be Arkansas and Texas A&M in Dallas at Jerry’s Palace and Utah at Iowa State. The Arky/TAMU game should be an offensive explosion, and it features a handful of NFL Draft prospects. Utah at Iowa State should be a close game in my opinion, I just think ISU is playing with a confidence right now.

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Austen Arnaud #4 of the Iowa State Cyclones passes during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The ACC is having somewhat of a down year, but could have a couple interesting games this week. Clemson travels to UNC to face the Tar Heels in a game that features two underacheiving teams, the Tar Heels are getting their core players back every week though. The game to watch is FSU at Miami. This match-up will be centered around 2 big time QB prospects in FSU’s Christian Ponder and Miami’s Jacory Harris. The QB that has the best game will lead his team to a win.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Jacory Harris  of the Miami Hurricanes passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Finally we get to the SEC. Possibly the 2 biggest games of the week are held here, I could probably write that every week. Alabama travels to South Carolina, if the GameCocks can stop the Bama rushing attack they have a very good chance. Ingram rushed for close to 250 yards last year in a 20-6 Tide victory. LSU heads to Gainesville, FL to face the Gators. This game should be a very close low scoring battle because both teams have speed to burn on defense and very shaky offenses.

The PGWU crew will be in and out all day today, so use this as an open thread for any college football discussions you would like to have. No matter what game you are watching, there is always a Draft prospect to keep an eye on!

Written by Jason Madson. Follow on Twitter @isbnJMAD

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