Week 1

ACC Week 1 Rankings & Quick Takes


What happened in all the Week 1 ACC games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the ACC rankings and analysis.


ACC Week 1 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes

ACC rankings will be done and changed on the fly each weekend after the games are over and the Quick Takes are up.

How are the ACC predictions so far? SU: 12-1, ATS: 5-1

1. Florida State

Final Score: Florida State 45, Ole Miss 34
Prediction: Florida State 34, Ole Miss 24, FSU -4.5, o/u: 57
Up Next: at Louisville (Sept. 17)

Quick Take: What more do you need to see, Florida State fans? Your team showed the firepower, explosion, and talent on both sides of the ball to be truly special in a 2013 sort of a way. It obviously wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was historically breathtaking.
Florida State comes back to stun Ole Miss: 5 Things That Matter

2. Clemson (1-0)

Final Score: Clemson 19, Auburn 13
Prediction: Clemson 37, Auburn 30, Clemson -7.5, o/u: 59
Up Next: Troy

Quick Take: Is it okay to worry? It’s possible Auburn is improved, and there’s never any complaining about winning on the road against an SEC team, but it was too much of a fight to put the game away. Had Auburn not screwed it up and not been so unconventional, Clemson might have needed to go on a late drive for the win. As is, even though Deshaun Watson wasn’t quite Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman picked up the slack with 123 yards, and the defense held firm throughout. The return of Mike Williams added another star back to the attack – he looked like an all-star No. 1 target.
Clemson survives Auburn: 5 Things That Matter

3. Louisville (1-0)

Final Score: Louisville 70, Charlotte 7
Prediction: Louisville 51, Charlotte 17, Louisville -39.5, o/u: 61
Up Next: at Syracuse

Quick Take: Lamar Jackson set a school record with eight total touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Cardinals looked perfect against the 49ers, at least on the way to a 56-0 halftime lead. With 663 yards of total offense, and with the team taking it easy in the second half, it was a nearly-perfect opening game performance – at least on the scoreboard. The O line was a bit shaky at times, there were three turnovers and ten penalties, but with a playmaker like Jackson coming up with a special performance, there’s no real complaint.
Louisville crushes Charlotte: 5 Things That Matter

4. North Carolina (0-1)

Final Score: Georgia 33, North Carolina 24
Prediction: Georgia 37, UNC 17, Georgia -2.5, o/u: 54.5
Up Next: at Illinois

Quick Take: The Tar Heels held up well, but they couldn’t seem to get the defense off the field, and the offense couldn’t stop screwing up. With several penalties in key spots, and empty fourth quarter when it had a chance to take control, and with Nick Chubb taking over when Georgia needing him, it was a frustrating game for UNC because the chances were there. It’s a solid team that’ll have a great season, but it has to catch more breaks and has to cut down on the mistakes.
Georgia beats North Carolina: 5 Things That Matter

5. Miami (1-0)

Final Score: Miami 70, Florida A&M 3
Prediction: Miami 52, Florida A&M 0
Up Next: Florida Atlantic

Quick Take: It was the perfect game to start out the Mark Richt era. The baby-young new parts on the defense got to see live action, three running backs ran for over 100 yards – the ground game averaged over ten yards per pop – and Brad Kaaya threw four touchdown passes and wasn’t pressured. The 42-point third quarter made it a laugher in a game that was nothing more than a chance to get everyone some work. The Florida Atlantic game might be the same sort of scrimmage next week.

6. North Carolina State (1-0)

Final Score: NC State 48, William & Mary 14
Prediction: NC State 41, William & Mary 27
Up Next: at East Carolina

Quick Take: That’s how it’s supposed to work. It took a quarter to get there, but the offense was balanced throughout, and the defense became a rock against the run and didn’t let William & Mary move the ball after an early scoring drive. Former Boise State QB Ryan Finley looked the part with a sharp and efficient effort completing 17-of-21 passes for 174 yards and two scores, but it was Matt Dayes who carried the day with 138 yards and two scores. The first real test comes up next week, but as openers go, State will take this.

7. Virginia Tech

Final Score: Virginia Tech 36, Liberty 13
Prediction: Virginia Tech 44, Liberty 13
Up Next: Tennessee (in Bristol, TN)

Quick Take: Four turnovers. The Hokies gave up a few early scores, but the defense did its part with three picks and a fumble recovery, while not allowing Liberty to get going in the second half. However the offense turned it over four times – all fumbles – and now there’s work to do before dealing with Tennessee. Jerod Evans got his target practice in completing 20-of-32 passes for 221 yards and four scores, and while he’ll be the story, it was Isaiah Ford who made things easy. The star receiver was fantastic with 11 grabs for 117 yards and two scores.

8. Georgia Tech (1-0)

Final Score: Georgia Tech 17, Boston College 14
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, BC 16, BC -3, o/u: 44
Up Next: Mercer

Quick Take: How do you define a season in Week One? You go on a game-winning drive against once of the best defenses in college football by converting a 4th-and-19 play and find a way to get the job done. Justin Thomas and the ground game didn’t really work – being held to 121 yards averaging 2.8 yards per carry – but he made THE throw to keep the final drive alive, Georgia Tech mucked out a tough win, and now it can spend the next week against Mercer tuning up the machine.
Georgia Tech beats Boston College: 5 Things That Matter

9. Syracuse (1-0)

Final Score: Syracuse 33, Colgate 7
Prediction: Syracuse 44, Colgate 17
Up Next: Louisville

Quick Take: It took a wee bit to warm up, but that’s how the Syracuse offense is supposed to work under Dino Babers. Don’t blow off that the win came against Colgate – it has a nice Patriot League defense with a good system. Eric Dungy hit 34-of-40 passes and combined with Zack Mahoney to hit 40-of-46 throws for 437 yards and two scores, while Amba Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for 210 yards and a score. The Orange settled for four field goals, and the line gave up three sacks, but overall, it was a terrific opener before dealing with Louisville.

10. Pitt (1-0)

Final Score: Pitt 28, Villanova 7
Prediction: Pitt 31, Villanova 13
Up Next: Penn State

Quick Take: The Panthers had few problems against a good Villanova team with enough of a defense to make this a bit of a fight. The ground attack didn’t do too much, but James Conner became the feel-great story with 53 yards and a score. He might have been bottled up, the Panthers were able to survive with a conservative gameplan and a few second quarter scores. With Penn State up next, though, 261 yards of total offense won’t get it done.

11. Duke (1-0)

Final Score: Duke 49, NC Central 6
Prediction: Duke 45, NC Central 6
Up Next: Wake Forest

Quick Take: How’s life going to be without Thomas Sirk at quarterback? Daniel Jones was fine completing 10-of-15 passes for 189 yards and two scores and ran for another, and the running game rolled up 308 yards and four scores averaging just under five yards per carry. It was a light scrimmage against a bad team, but it’s exactly what the Blue Devils needed to warm up for Wake Forest.

12. Boston College (0-1)

Final Score: Georgia Tech 17, Boston College 14
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, BC 16, BC -3, o/u: 44
Up Next: Massachusetts

Quick Take: Absolutely devastating. The Eagles couldn’t afford to lose this game once it had it seemingly in hand, but the tremendous defense that did such an amazing job all game long couldn’t come up with a 4th-and-19 stop and couldn’t finish the drill when it was perfectly set up to do it. The running game did what it was supposed to do, the defense stopped the option, but one late Georgia Tech drive might have ended the season before it even gets started.
Georgia Tech beats Boston College: 5 Things That Matter

13. Wake Forest (1-0)

Final Score: Wake Forest 7, Tulane 3
Prediction: Wake Forest 31, Tulane 16, Wake Forest -17, o/u: 43
Up Next: at Duke
Quick Take: The offense didn’t work cranking up just 175 yards, but the defense held firm against the Tulane ground attack to survive the ugly slugfest. A win is a win is a win – with Kendall Hinton getting the only score on a second quarter touchdown run – but for a veteran team in need of a hot start to show this is a different team and a different season, it didn’t look the part. But in this game, take the 1-0 and move on.

14. Virginia (0-1)

Final Score: Richmond 37, Virginia 20
Prediction: Virginia 37, Richmond 20
Up Next: at Oregon

Quick Take: And thus begins the massive rebuilding process. Virginia’s defense wasn’t even close to stopping Richmond on a regular basis with way too many mistakes and missed tackles. The running game was a total disaster, coming up with just 38 yards on 21 carries and with absolutely no push whatsoever from the line. It’s going to get a whole lot worse before there’s a potential improvement – it’s going to get painfully ugly at Oregon next week if the defense isn’t far, far sharper. It looked like it needs a few more tune-ups.