ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7

ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7

Week 7

ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 7


What happened in all the Week 7 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 7 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the ACC predictions so far? SU: 52-20, ATS: 33-23

1. Clemson (7-0)

Final Score: Clemson 24, NC State 17, OT
Prediction: Clemson 34, NC State 17, Clemson -18
Up Next: Florida State (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: Yeah, Clemson caught a huge break with a missed NC State field goal at the end of regulation, but that’s a break every great team needs at least once a season. The running game didn’t find any room, and the offense turned it over four times in a shaky all-around performance, but Deshaun Watson came through when he had to – throwing 52 times for 378 yards and two scores with a pick, with a game-winning scoring pass and a rushing score – and Mike Williams was fantastic with 12 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. Just survive and advance, Clemson, going into the bye week to prepare for Florida State.

2. Louisville (5-1)

Final Score: Louisville 24, Duke 14
Prediction: Louisville 48, Duke 13, Louisville -34.5
Up Next: NC State

Quick Take: The Cardinals won a game by double-digits. Take that side of it, and not the side that struggled so much to get out alive in a weekend when the offense struggled to work. Check that – the offense just didn’t have the ball enough. Louisville had to play a game when it the O didn’t rock and roll, and it survived going into a showdown against NC State. Lamar Jackson ran for 144 yards and a score, and he threw for 181 yards and a touchdown – he almost never had time to work with Duke having the ball for over 37 minutes.

3. Florida State (5-2)

Final Score: Florida State 17, Wake Forest 6
Prediction: Florida State 31, Wake Forest 16, FSU -21
Up Next: Clemson (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: The team might not have exploded, but it was steady, the defense was terrific, and Travis Rudolph was unstoppable. The Wake Forest goal appeared to be to stop Dalvin Cook, and it kept him under relative wraps allowing just 115 yards on 25 carries, but Rudolph went off, catching 13 passes for 238 yards while Deondre Francois came up with 319 yards and a score. The four turnovers kept the game close, but the D came up with three takeaways of its own to go along with stop after stop. This was the game the Noles needed going into the off week to prepare for Clemson.

4. North Carolina State (4-2)

Final Score: Clemson 24, NC State 17, OT
Prediction: Clemson 34, NC State 17, Clemson -18
Up Next: at Louisville

Quick Take: Shake this off quickly, Wolfpack. As much as this stings, and as close as they were to pulling this off – just needing a late field goal and failing on three of the four attempts – this showed just how good the team really is. Ryan Finley threw an uncharacteristic two picks, including the game-sealer in overtime, but he held up okay and Matthew Dayes rumbled for 106 yards and a touchdown on 22 tough carries. This will hurt, but that’ll all go away if they can pull off an upset over Louisville next week – they’re just good enough to do that.

5. Virginia Tech (4-2)

Final Score: Syracuse 31, Virginia Tech 17
Prediction: Virginia Tech 44, Syracuse 20, VT -20
Up Next: Miami

Quick Take: This was puzzling. Syracuse has been throwing on everyone – giving up over 400 yards wasn’t a shocker – but where was the ground game? Jerod Evans is a playmaker, and he came up with 307 yards and two scores trying to rally the team back, but he led the team with 61 of just 161 rushing yards. The Hokies just weren’t physical enough as they came out a bit too sleepy – this is too good a team to come up with just three first half points. Syracuse was far more charged and played with a far greater sense of urgency and fire at home, and now the Hokies have to find that same thing on its own with Miami up next.

6. North Carolina (5-2)

Final Score: North Carolina 20, Miami 13
Prediction: North Carolina 30, Miami 27, Miami -8.5
Up Next: at Virginia

Quick Take: Mitch Trubisky held up under the pressure. The Tar Heels faced the Miami defense that stepped up its intensity in the second half, and they came away with a brilliant bounceback win to get right back into the Coastal hunt. T.J. Logan ran for 84 yards, and Bug Howard was fantastic with 156 yards on ten catches, but it was Trubisky with 299 yards, two scores, and 47 running yards that helped keep everything calm. The O couldn’t put it away in the second half, and the 11 penalties were way too many, but UNC got the win it desperately needed to have.

7. Pitt (5-2)

Final Score: Pitt 45, Virginia 31
Prediction: Pitt 38, Virginia 34, Pitt -3
Up Next: Virginia Tech (Oct. 27)

Quick Take: Finally, Pitt played a little bit of defense. Eventually the D will be a killer under Pat Narduzzi, but for now, having an offense that’s this good and has this many running options is vital. James Conner led the way with 90 yards and two scores – ten different Panthers ran the ball – and getting a pick-six from Jordan Whitehead and a kickoff return for a score from Quadree Henderson helped the cause. This might be a flawed Panther team, and it hasn’t come up with the same performance twice, but it’s also 5-2 with a week off to prepare for the Hokies.

8. Miami (4-2)

Final Score: North Carolina 20, Miami 13
Prediction: North Carolina 30, Miami 27, Miami -8.5
Up Next: at Virginia Tech

Quick Take: Another mistake proved costly, with the turnover killing a late shot for the Canes to pull off the win. The defense took a while to get rolling, but it was great in the second half. The offense didn’t kick it in for a while with Brad Kaaya throwing for 224 yards, but the big issue was the running game that needed to be far, far better. Everyone’s been getting fat on the Tar Heel defensive front all year, but the Canes only ran for 139 yards and a score with Mark Walton coming up with 82 yards. And now they have to face a Virginia Tech team coming off a loss on a Thursday night? Uh oh.

9. Georgia Tech (4-3)

Final Score: Georgia Tech 35, Georgia Southern 24
Prediction: Georgia Tech 37, Georgia Southern 23, Georgia Tech -11
Up Next: Duke (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: The Yellow Jackets won the battle of spread-on-spread action thanks to Justin Thomas. The Georgia Southern passing game was solid, but the run defense did its job not letting the Eagles get into the clear to come up with anything bigger than 15 yards, and the big lead early allowed everything else to work for the Yellow Jackets. Thomas was brilliant, completing 7-of-11 passes for 172 yards and a score, running for 78 yards and two touchdowns, and helping the ground game crank up 265 yards and four scores in a solid win to get past last week’s loss to Pitt.

10. Wake Forest (5-2)

Final Score: Florida State 17, Wake Forest 6
Prediction: Florida State 31, Wake Forest 16, FSU -21
Up Next: Army (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: Sometimes, Wake Forest is simply going to be outclassed on pure talent. The Florida State defense showed up with a fire and a purpose, and there wasn’t too much the Demon Deacons could do. The offense only came up with two field goals as John Wolford threw for 184 yards and two picks, and the running game sputtered outside of two decent runs. Think of it this way: Wake Forest is 5-2 going into the two-week break before facing Army. It’ll take it.

11. Syracuse (3-4)

Final Score: Syracuse 31, Virginia Tech 17
Prediction: Virginia Tech 44, Syracuse 20, VT -20
Up Next: at Boston College

Quick Take: That’s how it should all work. The team played with a fire and intensity it’s tried to have all year, but without the defensive production to match. This week, the run defense was fantastic in the first half, and the offense did the rest to get up early, and put it away late. Eric Dungey was brilliant, throwing for 311 yards and a score, and running for 106 yards and a touchdown as part of a creative and productive game plan from the coaching staff. This was the win the Orange needed over a ranked team to kickstart the Dino Babers era – at least that’s the hope.

12. Virginia

Final Score: Pitt 45, Virginia 31
Prediction: Pitt 38, Virginia 34, Pitt -3
Up Next: North Carolina

Quick Take: Virginia might be better and stronger as the season goes on, but it’s not good enough yet to avoid making the big mistakes like it did in the first half with a pick-six and a big kickoff return allowed for a score. Kurt Benkert continued to throw well with 278 yards and a touchdown, along with the pick, while the running game struggled against a defense that’s giving up too many big plays. The O couldn’t keep up the pace after a great start and couldn’t take advantage of its chances in the second half, but again, the team is playing better.

13. Duke (3-4)

Final Score: Louisville 24, Duke 14
Prediction: Louisville 48, Duke 13, Louisville -34.5
Up Next: at Georgia Tech (Oct. 29)

Quick Take: Yeah, it would’ve been fun to have seen what would’ve happened without a late roughing the kicker call that allowed Louisville to put the game away, but that doesn’t take anything away from the performance from both sides of the ball that allowed the Blue Devils to stay alive against one of the highest-powered teams in college football. The Duke O might have only come up with 239 yards, but it was able to slowwww things down – and it almost worked.

14. Boston College (3-3)

Up Next: Syracuse

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