ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6

ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6

Week 6

ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6


What happened in all the Week 6 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 6 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the ACC predictions so far? SU: 46-19, ATS: 28-21

1. Clemson (5-0)

Final Score: Clemson 56, Boston College 10
Prediction: Clemson 27, Boston College 10, Clemson -16
Up Next: NC State

Quick Take: That’s exactly what you have to do if you’re Clemson. On a quirky Friday night game against a great defense, Deshaun Watson was brilliant early, the Tigers got up big, and the drama was taken out of the game right away. BC might have controlled the clock and the tempo, but it didn’t matter a lick – Clemson is humming now going into the NC State game. The team is getting better and better.

2. Louisville (4-1)

Up Next: Duke

3. Virginia Tech (4-1)

Final Score: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 3
Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 27, UNC -1.5
Up Next: at Syracuse

Quick Take: The Hokie defense rocked in lousy conditions, holding the high-powered North Carolina offense to just 131 yards – but it got a lot of help. Virginia Tech’s offense managed to move the ball just enough on the ground to keep it for almost 40 minutes, and while it gave up two fumbles, North Carolina turned it over four times. Jerod Evans only threw for 75 yards, but he came up with two touchdown passes and a scoring run behind a line that controlled the game. It was a blowout over a good team – it was a key moment in the ACC season, even if the rain didn’t make it look seem that way.

4. North Carolina (4-2)

Final Score: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 3
Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 27, UNC -1.5
Up Next: at Miami

Quick Take: North Carolina isn’t built for this. It’s not supposed to get physical and it’s not going to get into too many slugfests. This is a flash-and-dash team that doesn’t do well over the years against the Virginia Tech defense – and the rain didn’t help. Mitch Trubisky didn’t have a prayer, completing 13-of-33 passes for 58 yards and two scores, and the running attack didn’t have any room. The D couldn’t seem to get off the field, but it was okay overall. It was just a bad day in awful conditions.

5. Florida State (4-2)

Final Score: Florida State 20, Miami 19
Prediction: Miami 31, Florida State 27, Miami -3
Up Next: Wake Forest

Quick Take: That’s about as tough as a win can get for a team that’s been ripped up too easily by Louisville and North Carolina. The defensive line got to Brad Kaaya enough to knock him around, and it was terrific against the Cane ground game – it didn’t allow a thing giving up just 62 yards. But it was the toughness of Deondre Francois, who got beaten up and battered, but still kept fighting back to finish with 234 yards and two scores, and the 150 yards of hard running form Dalvin Cook that ended up taking over in the second half. This was the season-changer and the attitude adjustment – at least that’s the hope.

6. Miami (4-1)

Final Score: Florida State 20, Miami 19
Prediction: Miami 31, Florida State 27, Miami -3
Up Next: North Carolina

Quick Take: Just when it seemed like Miami was about to fight its way back and push the game into overtime, the normally automatic Hurricane point after was blocked. The D couldn’t come up with one final stop to give the ball back to Brad Kaaya, and that was it for a tremendously disappointing loss. This was supposed to be the coming out party, but the running game never found any room, and Kaaya struggled outside of the two brilliant touchdown passes to Stacy Coley. The Canes are great, but they still need work and time. Fortunately, for this year, it’s now Game On in the Coastal. This hurts, but lose to North Carolina and there’s really a problem.

7. North Carolina State (4-1)

Final Score: NC State 10, Notre Dame 3
Prediction: NC State 31, Notre Dame 27, NC St -2.5
Up Next: at Clemson

Quick Take: Weather, schmeather. Appearances, schmapperances. NC State beat Notre Dame, and it doesn’t matter how it happened. The Wolfpack held up better defensively, the running game was stronger – Matthew Dayes tore off 126 yards – and the special teams made the one big play it needed to have on the blocked punt to pull off the win. With Clemson and Louisville on the road coming up next, the Pack needed to get this win at home.

8. Pitt (3-2)

Final Score: Pitt 37, Georgia Tech 34
Prediction: Pitt 27, Georgia Tech 23, Pitt -6.5
Up Next: at Virginia

Quick Take: We all know Pitt doesn’t have a defense. We all know it’s been a rocky year with lots of wild games and craziness, and it doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. Pitt won on a 31-yard Chris Blewitt field goal, but it was the 74-yard touchdown pass to Scott Orndorff that might have changed around its ACC season. As long as the Panthers can keep outbombing teams, all will be okay – this D isn’t going to get the job done.

9. Georgia Tech (3-2)

Final Score: Pitt 37, Georgia Tech 34
Prediction: Pitt 27, Georgia Tech 23, Pitt -6.5
Up Next: Georgia Southern (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: The Georgia Tech offense should’ve been able to close this out. With this attack, when up late in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets needed to have gone on a few tough, grinding drives to put it away, but it didn’t the defense didn’t hold up, and it lost a road game it had there for the taking. The offense worked – Pitt’s was better when it had to be.

10. Wake Forest (5-1)

Final Score: Wake Forest 28, Syracuse 9
Prediction: Syracuse 37, Wake Forest 31, WF -2.5
Up Next: at Florida State

Quick Take: The Demon Deacons are 5-1, and that’s all that matters. The offense sputtered and struggled in the bad weather, and the two turnovers were a problem, but they only committed one penalty and they managed to keep the chains moving just enough to control the game, especially in the second half. Cade Carney ran for 104 yards and a score, and John Wolford threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and ran for 94 yards and two scores – and Wake Forest is 5-1.

11. Virginia (2-3)

Up Next: Pitt

12. Duke (3-3)

Final Score: Duke 13, Army 6
Prediction: Duke 24, Army 20, Duke -5.5
Up Next: at Louisville

Quick Take: It might have been played in miserable weather, and the Army option should’ve worked, but it didn’t. Duke was able to get up early, the rain kicked in, and the Blue Devil defense was able to take over. It’s going to be a fight all year for Duke to come up with a consistent performance, but this was a dangerous game that was a win, and that’s all that matters. Army controlled the game in the second half, but when the Duke D had to come up with the stop, it did.

13. Boston College (3-2)

Final Score: Clemson 56, Boston College 10
Prediction: Clemson 27, Boston College 10, Clemson -16
Up Next: Syracuse (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: The Eagles just don’t have the offensive playmakers to hold up in a game like this. Clemson got up 21-3 in the first quarter, and that was it. The ground game was okay at times, but Clemson has turned back into Clemson. The BC D is supposed to be a differentiating factor, but this isn’t a team built for any type of comeback. BC will get its ACC win soon – it wasn’t going to happen against a loaded Clemson team.

14. Syracuse (2-4)

Final Score: Wake Forest 28, Syracuse 9
Prediction: Syracuse 37, Wake Forest 31, WF -2.5
Up Next: Virginia Tech

Quick Take: There’s no reason to get too upset about this – the passing game was never going to work in the wind and the rain, so Eric Dungey could only dink and dunk completing 16-of-25 passes for 156 yards. The running game tried, with Dontae Strickland coming up with a big dash and averaged four yards per carry. The two turnovers and the seven penalties were an issue, but Wake Forest was able to control the game, Syracuse wasn’t.

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