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ACC Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 4

What happened in all the Week 4 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 4 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the ACC predictions so far? SU: 35-15, ATS: 19-15

1. Louisville (4-0)

Final Score: Louisville 59, Marshall 28
Prediction: Louisville 58, Marshall 27, Louisville -26
Up Next: at Clemson

Quick Take: So it took a little while to rev up the machine. When it got humming, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. Lamar Jackson threw for 417 yards and five scores, and ran for 62 yards and two scores, but as crazy as it sounds, Marshall contained him just a wee bit – there weren’t any huge dashes. As good as the Cardinals were, they can’t turn it over three times and commit 12 penalties like it did in Huntington.

2. Clemson (4-0)

Final Score: Clemson 26, Georgia Tech 7
Prediction: Georgia Tech 24, Clemson 23, Clemson -10
Up Next: Louisville

Quick Take: And there’s the Clemson we all know and love. The defense had the Georgia Tech offensive thing figured out immediately, Deshaun Watson ran well early, and the Tigers got by the dangerous trap game with time now to chill out before dealing with the Cardinals.

3. Florida State (3-1)

Final Score: Florida State 55, South Florida 35
Prediction: Florida State 34, South Florida 16, FSU -5.5
Up Next: North Carolina

Quick Take: You don’t take a team as talented as Florida State with the wounded pride it felt after the Louisville game and expect it to not come back roaring. Dalvin Cook had to prove a point, and he did that any then some with 267 yards and two scores. He was terrific, but this was the game for the offensive line. It was an attitude game that showed that last week might have been an aberration.

4. Virginia Tech (3-1)

Final Score: Virginia Tech 54, East Carolina 17
Prediction: Virginia Tech 27, East Carolina 17, VT -12
Up Next: at North Carolina (Oct. 8)

Quick Take: Is Virginia Tech really, really good? Outside of a bad second half against Tennessee, the Hokies have been fantastic. And now there’s this, with a crushing effort over a good East Carolina team coming out red hot and roaring. Jerod Evans threw for 292 yards and three scores, and he led the team with 97 yards and a score. Slowly, the national attention will come, but it’ll have to wait until the North Carolina game in two weeks.

5. Miami (3-0)

Up Next: at Georgia Tech

6. North Carolina (3-1)

Final Score: North Carolina 37, Pitt 36
Prediction: North Carolina 38, Pitt 34, UNC -7
Up Next: at Florida State

Quick Take: It’ll be forever known as the Bug Howard game. The two-yard touchdown catch with two seconds to play will be the highlight, but his other scoring play got UNC in range. Mitch Trubisky had a little to do with it, too, throwing for 453 yards and five scores to overcome a disastrous day from the running game. Better time of possession might have helped keep the Tar Heels from needing the heroics, but the passing attack proved it could pull a game out of the fire.

7. Pitt (2-2)

Final Score: North Carolina 37, Pitt 36
Prediction: North Carolina 38, Pitt 34, UNC -7
Up Next: Marshall
Quick Take: Isn’t the Pitt defense supposed to be able to handle games like this? The offense had the ball for over 40 minutes, Nathan Peterman had an effective 14-of-18 day, and the ground game rumbled out over five yards per pop with 281 yards – and it wasn’t enough. Pitt will be kicking itself – it had a 36-23 lead with six minutes to go, and couldn’t hold on.

8. Georgia Tech (3-1)

Final Score: Clemson 26, Georgia Tech 7
Prediction: Georgia Tech 24, Clemson 23, Clemson -10
Up Next: Miami

Quick Take: There’s no need to get too upset about a dud of a game against one of the best teams in college football, especially one from the Atlantic. The option never got free against the ultra-disciplined Tiger defense, and there weren’t any other go-to options. All that matters is beating Miami to make a statement in the Coastal. Beat the Canes, and hopes for the division title are back on.

9. North Carolina State (2-1)

Up Next: Wake Forest

10. Wake Forest (4-0)

Final Score: Wake Forest 33, Indiana 28
Prediction: Indiana 23, Wake Forest 17, IU -7.5
Up Next: at NC State

Quick Take: If you’re going to give up 611 yards of total offense, you’d better be +5 in turnover margin. Jessie Bates came up with two of the picks for a defense that got ripped to shreds, and was saved by an offense that took advantage of every opportunity with John Wolford throwing a touchdown pass and running for two others. Wake Forest is 4-0, and no matter how that happened, it’s a special start.

11. Duke (2-2)

Final Score: Duke 38, Notre Dame 35
Prediction: Notre Dame 37, Duke 17, Notre Dame -20.5
Up Next: Virginia

Quick Take: Give this up to the run defense that held firm, the pass defense that withstood the storm, and a nearly-perfect game all around with just one turnover and one penalty. The Duke offense picked it up when it had to in the fourth quarter, the defense managed to get off the field at the right time, and now hopes for a bowl game are back on. Now don’t blow this momentum with Virginia up next.

12. Boston College (2-2)

Final Score: Boston College 42, Wagner 10
Prediction: Boston College 31, Wagner 13
Up Next: Buffalo

Quick Take: Sometimes you need a layup just to know you can make it. The Eagles dominated on the lines with 300 rushing yards and four scores, Patrick Towles didn’t throw all that well, but he tossed two scoring passes and ran for two more, and the defense settled in after giving up an early score.

13. Syracuse (2-2)

Final Score: Syracuse 31, Connecticut 24
Prediction: Syracuse 27, Connecticut 16, UConn -4.5
Up Next: Notre Dame

Quick Take: See, was that so hard? All it took was a 99-yard drive and a record-setting day from Amba Etta-Tawo to get by a nasty UConn defense. Etta-Tawo caught 12 passes for 270 yards and two scores, while Eric Dungey bombed away for 407 yards and two scores. The secondary still has problems, and time of possession is a huge issue, but it’s a nice win on the road going into the Notre Dame game.

14. Virginia (1-3)

Final Score: Virginia 49, Central Michigan 35
Prediction: Central Michigan 37, Virginia 24, CMU -3.5
Up Next: at Duke

Quick Take: Where did that come from? Yeah, Virginia almost blew a 28-0 lead. Yeah, it gave up 402 yards and two scores. But yeah, Kurt Benkert let it rip for an offense that showed no signs or meaningful live over the first three games. He threw for 421 yards and five scores as the Cavaliers gained 569 yards. If you’re looking for that proverbial step forward, this was it.