Week 7

ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 8


What happened in all the Week 8 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 8 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the ACC predictions so far? SU: 55-21, ATS: 35-25

1. Clemson (7-0)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: at Florida State

2. Louisville (6-1)

Final Score: Louisville 54, NC State 13
Prediction: Louisville 31, NC State 20, UofL -19.5
Up Next: at Virginia

Quick Take: The Cardinals did exactly what they needed to do to get back in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot. They were dominant on both sides of the ball, explosive, and even if NC State was a little down after the Clemson loss, too bad – the 44-0 halftime lead was special no matter what. Lamar Jackson ran for 76 yards and a score, and he threw for 355 yards and three scores, and then he let the defense do the rest. NC State trued to run early, but finished with 14 yards on 25 carries.

3. Florida State (5-2)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: Clemson

4. Virginia Tech (5-2)

Final Score: Virginia Tech 37, Miami 16
Prediction: Virginia Tech 26, Miami 20, VT -5
Up Next: at Pitt

Quick Take: There we go, Virginia Tech. The Hokies bounced back from the strange performance against Syracuse with a brilliant day from the defensive front against Miami ground game, and with the offense taking control in the first half and not letting go. Jerod Evans threw for 259 yards and two scores – and ran for 98 yards and a touchdown – while Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards as the Hokies tore off big run after big run against the terrific Cane defensive front.

5. North Carolina (6-2)

Final Score: North Carolina 35, Virginia 14
Prediction: North Carolina 41, Virginia 30, UNC -8.5
Up Next: Georgia Tech (Nov. 5)

Quick Take: The Tar Heels looked the part again like a real, live Coastal player with a second straight good dominating the Cavaliers throughout, and now with an honest shot of closing out the regular season without another loss. Mitch Trubisky completed 24-of-31 passes for 310 yards and three scores as the offense came up with the scoring drives it needed to have throughout the game to keep the Cavaliers at bay. Best of all, the much-maligned Tar Heel defense came up with one of its better performances, allowing just 253 yards and not letting the Cavaliers ever find an offensive groove.

6. North Carolina State (4-3)

Final Score: Louisville 54, NC State 13
Prediction: Louisville 31, NC State 20, UofL -19.5
Up Next: Boston College

Quick Take: That wasn’t exactly how you bounce back from a devastating loss. NC State wasn’t even close to being sharp out of the gate, with the great defensive line getting pushed around right away and the offense failing to do anything right in the first half. The normally reliable Ryan Finley threw two picks and barely hit half his throws, Matthew Dayes and the running game didn’t get any shot to show up – running for 14 yards on 25 carries as a team – and in a few weeks if the Florida State game. Uh oh.

7. Pitt (5-2)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: Virginia Tech

8. Miami (4-3)

Final Score: Virginia Tech 37, Miami 16
Prediction: Virginia Tech 26, Miami 20, VT -5
Up Next: at Notre Dame

Quick Take: The Canes just seem demoralized. The lines couldn’t step up in the first half, the running game came up with just 42 yards on 29 carries, and that’s because Brad Kaaya was hit over and over again. He threw for 323 yards and two scores, but he was under pressure all game long as the Hokie pass rush was camped out behind the line. He didn’t have a chance as the Canes allowed eight sacks, and now they have to find the fight again with a trip to Notre Dame up next.

9. Georgia Tech (4-3)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: Duke

10. Wake Forest (5-2)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: Army

11. Syracuse (4-4)

Final Score: Syracuse 28, Boston College 20
Prediction: Boston College 26, Syracuse 17, BC -4.5
Up Next: at Clemson (Nov. 5)

Quick Take: It’s not like Syracuse didn’t try to give the game away with three turnovers and 16 penalties, for 135 yards, but the passing game made up for the issues on Eric Dungey’s brilliant day. The Orange QB completed 32-of-38 passes for 434 yards and three scores with a pick, and ran for a team-high 54 yards on 17 carries. It also helped that the D is getting better – BC QBs combined to hit 7-of-20 passes for 64 yards with a pick. Now the Orange are in the mix for a bowl bid, needing to win two of their last four. One slight issue – at Clemson, NC State, Florida State, at Pitt. Enjoy this.

12. Virginia (2-5)

Final Score: North Carolina 35, Virginia 14
Prediction: North Carolina 41, Virginia 30, UNC -8.5
Up Next: Louisville

Quick Take: And now comes Louisville – uh oh. The Virginia offense could never find anything that consistently worked other than Taquan Mizzell. The running game sputtered, but Mizzell took off for 106 yards and a score. It took a fake field goal for a score, but that was about it for the fun. To have any hope of staying with the Cardinals next week, there has to be some semblance of a downfield pass. The two Cavalier QBs combined to complete 21-of-44 passes for 132 yards – the throws went nowhere. Connor Brewer completed 2-of-12 passes for six yards.

13. Duke (3-4)

Final Score: DIDN’T PLAY THIS WEEK
Up Next: at Georgia Tech

14. Boston College (3-4)

Final Score: Syracuse 28, Boston College 20
Prediction: Boston College 26, Syracuse 17, BC -4.5
Up Next: at NC State

Quick Take: Ugh. Boston College isn’t going to be the New England Patriots on offense, but for Patrick Towles to hit just 4-of-14 passes for 45 yards and a pick – and Darius Wade to hit 3-of-6 passes for 19 yards – that’s not okay. Towles ran for 104 yards and a score, and the ground game came up with 223 yards and a score, but the supposedly killer Eagle D couldn’t pick up the slack for the passing game, getting ripped apart for over 500 yards. The ACC drought continues.