What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 11 of the ACC season.
ACC Week 11 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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ACC Week 11 Rankings
1. Clemson (9-1)
2. Louisville (9-1)
3. Virginia Tech (7-3)
4. North Carolina (7-3)
5. Florida State (7-3)
6. Miami (6-4)
7. Pitt (6-4)
8. Georgia Tech (6-4)
9. North Carolina State (5-5)
10. Wake Forest (6-4)
11. Virginia (2-8)
12. Duke (4-6)
13. Syracuse (4-6)
14. Boston College (4-6)
ACC Week 11 Roundup
Pitt 43, Clemson 42
Prediction: Clemson 45, Pitt 20, Clemson -20.5
Quick Take: Clemson couldn’t put the game away. It had a shot in the fourth quarter to at least get a field goal and all but end it, but the third Deshaun Watson interception of the game set up the score that led to the game-winning score. Watson set the ACC record with 580 yards and three touchdowns, throwing the ball 70 times, but the three picks will be what gets remembered.
Pitt’s run defense was dominant against the run, allowing nothing more than an eight-yard run, but giving up three short scores to Wayne Gallman. On the other side, the Clemson defense didn’t show up. Nathan Peterman threw for 308 yards and five scores, and James Conner ran 20 times for 132 yards and a score as the Panthers rolled up big play after big play – the Tiger D can up with plenty of third down stops, but got hit too hard by too many big shots.
Georgia Tech 30, Virginia Tech 20
Prediction: Virginia Tech 38, Georgia Tech 27, VT -14
Quick Take: Justin Thomas was out for Georgia Tech, but Matthew Jordan made up for it with 32 carries for 121 yards and two scores. Marcus Marshall ran 19 times for 143 yards and a score as the Yellow Jacket running game was strong early, methodical when it had to be, and just good enough to pull off the massive win and get bowl eligible.
Even with the loss, Virginia Tech is fine in the ACC title chase thanks to the North Carolina loss to Duke, but any prayer of winning out and getting into the College Football Playoff is obviously gone. The Hokies dug too big of a hole with four turnovers, but Jerod Evans did what he could to work past his mistakes to get the team back into the game with a team-high 75 rushing yards and two scores, and 316 passing yards and a score.
Louisville 44, Wake Forest 13
Prediction: Louisville 34, Wake Forest 13, Louisville -35
Quick Take: The game was far, far better the final score would indicate. Louisville was down 12-10 going into the fourth, but the offense picked it up several notches with a 34-point final frame – helped by taking a few chances – to finally put the game out of reach.
Lamar Jackson only threw a touchdown pass and didn’t run for any, but he threw for 145 yards and ran for a team-high 153 yards while Brandon Radcliff ran for 141 yards and three scores. The big key was a pass rush that turned it up a few notches in the second half, not that the Wake Forest offense was doing much to push the issue. The Demon Deacons stayed alive on defense for three quarters, but the O only came up with 214 yards.
North Carolina State 35, Syracuse 20
Prediction: NC State 34, Syracuse 27, NC State -5
Quick Take: NC State put together a nice all-around game with Ryan Finley throwing for 340 yards and Matthew Dayes running for 108 yards and three scores, but it still needed to fight to put the game away. Even without starting QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse was able to stay barely alive on two takeaways and a bend-but-don’t-break D, but the attack stalled far too often.
The Orange had the ball for just under 19 minutes, and 81 of the 218 total yards came on one play – an 81-yard scoring pass to Amba Etta-Tawo – with backup QB Zack Mahoney unable to keep the chains moving. The Wolfpack D had plenty to do with that, with Bradley Chubb and the line living behind the Orange line with 13 tackles for loss as a team.
Miami 34, Virginia 14
Prediction: Miami 37, Virginia 20, Miami -10.5
Quick Take: Now that’s the Miami that was rolling over the first part of the season. The defensive front was active, aggressive, and dominant for stretches – coming up with five sacks and allowing just 82 rushing yards – while Brad Kaaya hit big play after big play. He threw for 228 yards – highlighted by a 77-yard scoring pass to Ahmmon Richards – while Mark Walton ran for 111 yards and a score. The Canes can breathe easier now that they’re bowl eligible, and more than that, they’re starting to play well again. Virginia hung around for a half, but turned it over four times and was shut down cold in the second half.
Duke 28, North Carolina 27
Prediction: North Carolina 27, Duke 17, UNC -10.5
Quick Take: Thanks to Virginia Tech losing to Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels are still alive for the ACC title – but barely. QB Mitch Trubisky is blowing up the pro prospect charts, but he threw two key pick against a Duke defense that played above its head after the first quarter. LB Joe Gilles-Harris came up with 16 tackles for a Blue Devil defensive front seven that bottled up Elijah Hood and the UNC running game. Trubisky was good, but he missed too many third down plays, while Duke converted 10-of-17 third down tries, keeping Trubisky and the UNC offense on the sidelines.
Florida State 45, Boston College 7
Prediction: Florida State 37, Boston College 10, FSU -21
Quick Take: The key was getting up right away. The Seminoles have started slowly throughout the year, but they rolled to a touchdown on the first drive, and never had to worry from there. Before getting knocked out with a bruised shoulder, Deondre Francois was hot, completing 16-of-24 passes for 183 yards and three scores, while Dalvin Cook was solid against the great BC D with 108 yards and a score on 18 carries.
Boston College needs to find more passing as a program. Once again, the quarterbacks seemingly couldn’t complete a pass – converting just one third down play – combining to hit 4-of-13 passes for 50 yards. The FSU defensive front loaded up against the run, the secondary clamped down on the Eagle receivers – ball game.
ACC Week 11 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