What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 10 of the ACC season.
ACC Week 10 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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ACC Week 10 Rankings
1. Clemson (9-0)
2. Louisville (8-1)
3. Virginia Tech (7-2)
4. North Carolina (7-2)
5. Florida State (6-3)
6. Miami (5-4)
7. Pitt (5-4)
8. Georgia Tech (5-4)
9. North Carolina State (4-5)
10. Wake Forest (6-3)
11. Virginia (2-7)
12. Duke (3-6)
13. Syracuse (4-5)
14. Boston College (4-5)
ACC Week 10 Roundup
Florida State 24, NC State 20
Prediction: Florida State 26, NC State 17, FSU -5.5
Quick Take: Florida State certainly isn’t boring. It’s not consistent, but it’s hardly dull. NC State loaded up to stop Dalvin Cook – he ran for 65 yards and a score on 18 carries – so it was up to Deondre Francois to take over and own the game, throwing for 330 yards with a game-winning touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph. The Wolfpack were clearly focused and fired up at home, but when they had to, the Seminoles pulled through in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball.
NC State came up with a nice bounceback performance after the Boston College debacle, with the defensive front doing an outstanding job, and the offense getting its stars back to form. Ryan Finley threw for 304 yards, and Matthew Dayes ran for 104, but the offense fell flat in the second half and couldn’t come up with the one final scoring drive to answer the late FSU score. Now, with at Syracuse, Miami, and at North Carolina to close, and needing to win two of the games, going bowling won’t be easy.
Clemson 54, Syracuse 0
Prediction: Clemson 34, Syracuse 27, Clemson -27
Quick Take: Deshaun Watson is fine – at least that’s what everyone is saying. He suffered a shoulder injury, but he was supposedly good enough that he could’ve played in the second half. But why would he? Clemson was rolling without a problem, with Watson hitting 13-of-16 passes for 169 yards and two scores, and Nick Schuessler filling in and throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Absolutely everything worked offensively for a Tiger team that’s been way too sluggish at times, and that includes the defense.
Syracuse’s high-powered offense bit the dust as soon as QB Eric Dungey was knocked out of the game early. Austin Wilson tried to fill in, but the O just didn’t go anywhere, finishing with just 116 passing yards and two scores. It was a total team meltdown with three turnovers, no takeaways, and ten penalties. Yeah, it was a loss against one of the best teams in the country, but it was supposed to be more dangerous, and it wasn’t even close.
Louisville 52, Boston College 7
Prediction: Louisville 47, Boston College 14, Louisville -25
Quick Take: As if the Heisman race wasn’t already over, Lamar Jackson just took yet another big step forward hitting 12-of-17 passes for 231 yards and four scores, and ran for 185 yards and three scores on 15 carries. He did throw an interception – whatever. The rest of the running game was held in check by the tremendous BC defense, but it didn’t matter – Jackson put the thing out of reach from the start. That’s exactly what Louisville needed to look like for the College Football Playoff committee.
Boston College was taken out of its game instantly. The offense couldn’t move the ball in the first half, and it doesn’t have the passing game to make anything happen in the second. The BC defense forced three takeaways, but it didn’t matter with the O giving it away three times and getting stuffed on too many third downs. BC finished with just 207 yards.
Virginia Tech 24, Duke 21
Prediction: Virginia Tech 38, Duke 17, Virginia Tech -11.5
Quick Take: Just when it seems like Virginia Tech is poised and ready to make a massive statement, it sputtered and coughed against a team it should’ve blown out without breathing hard. Jerod Evans was okay, running for a team-high 83 yards and a score, and the special teams came through with a blocked field goal for a score, but then the team went fuzzy. The O just stopped, and the defense gave up two second half scores to let Duke back in the game.
The Blue Devils got a huge day out of QB Daniel Jones, who kept fighting and balling through a tough passing day to run for a team-high 99 yards and two scores. The team averaged five yards per carry and set itself up for easy third down plays. It was a nice comeback for a team not built for it.
North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 20
Prediction: North Carolina 31, Georgia Tech 17, UNC -10.5
Quick Take: North Carolina’s run defense is awful, and it was miserable against the Georgia Tech option attack – but everyone knew that was going to happen. The Yellow Jackets ran for 334 yards and a score, but North Carolina had the best back on the day with Elijah Hood looking fresh and quick on the way to 168 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries. Throw in the 329 yards through the air from Mitch Trubisky, and the Tar Heel offense kept moving without a problem.
Justin Thomas threw for 184 yards and an 83-yard score, and he ran for 82 yards, but he got knocked out of the game in the third quarter. Overall, Georgia Tech never got control of the game, getting down early and fighting to get back in it. The Yellow Jackets put up 518 yards, but North Carolina’s offense was always a step ahead.
Miami 51, Pitt 28
Prediction: Miami 34, Pitt 30, Miami -3
Quick Take: Now there’s the Brad Kaaya and the Miami offense that’s supposed to be fantastic against bad defenses. The Hurricanes got a huge day out of its star quarterback, who threw for 356 yards and four scores, and ran for a touchdown, too. Mark Walton kept the ground game moving with 125 yards on just 14 carries, the defense clamped down in the second half, and the team was able to pull up out of the nosedive.
Pitt shot itself in the foot with two second half turnovers that all but ended the fun, but it was the defense that failed time and again. It couldn’t stop Miami on third downs, and it couldn’t hold down Kaaya and the Hurricane passing game. Offensively, James Conner was keyed on and stopped – he only ran for 40 yards and a score, and the team only averaged 3.8 yards per pop.
Wake Forest 27, Virginia 20
Prediction: Wake Forest 23, Virginia 17, Wake Forest -2.5
Quick Take: It’s the game Wake Forest needed to have, just to take the pressure off the last few weeks. Yeah, the Demon Deacons are going bowling, and it’s because QB John Wolford was nearly perfect. They don’t have a whole slew of top playmakers, so their offense has to be nearly perfect – and it was. Wolford completed 9-of-10 throws for 83 yards and a score, and he led the team with 94 yards and a touchdown for a workmanlike effort for the offense that didn’t turn the ball over and held it for 32:43.
Virginia’s limited offense was crushed by three key turnovers with two helping Wake Forest pull off the comeback win. Worst of all for the Cavaliers, the defense couldn’t handle the run. They weren’t beaten up on the defensive front, but they knew what was coming, and couldn’t do enough to stop it.
ACC Week 10 Bowl Projections
Capital One Orange Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Russell Athletic Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman
Camping World Independence Bowl