By Lee Lance.
Boy, oh boy. Could last weekend have been much worse for the ACC? I am sure there are a few ways, but not too many for sure. For starters, Florida State proved they are not “back”, Kansas showed other defensive coordinators how to stop Paul Johnson’s offense, and Ohio State downed Miami.
What a bad weekend for the ACC! Oh wait, we forgot the most monumental loss of the weekend, and what will end up being the biggest upset of the entire year in the ACC. Powerhouse James Madison downed Virginia Tech 21-16. I wonder if the Hokies are wishing they had not let Western Michigan out of their contract for that weekend now?
Back to that Georgia Tech loss for a second. You do all realize that Kansas had just been beaten by North Dakota State the week prior, right? That same Kansas team took it to Paul Johnson and new defensive coordinator Al Groh and won the game 28-25. How will the Jackets bounce back from that loss? We will see soon as they have to take on a very tough Tarheel team this Saturday, and very likely could be staring down a second straight loss.
As for the Florida State vs Oklahoma nightmare, what did it tell us? Simply put, the Noles still don’t have a defense. Not only did they get blown out by the Sooners, but they were never even in the game after the first quarter, and in the end they lost it in embarrassing fashion, 47-17. This weekend will be a much bigger test than some think too, as BYU comes to town looking to capitalize on a down in the dumps, licking their wounds Seminole team, and I think they just might.
As if those losses weren’t enough punishment for a conference that already lacks respect, Miami decided a while back to schedule a trip to face off against Ohio State. Bad idea. The Canes are definitely on the rise, but they are not there yet, and they proved so in a 36-24 loss to the Buckeyes.
Virginia also played an out of conference game that was sure to be a loss, at Southern California. One thing that wasn’t expected by anyone other than maybe Cavalier players and coaches, was that they actually played a very good game, and actually stayed in it until the end. New coach Mike London is doing a remarkable job working with what he has, and that was apparent all during the game. In the end it was the Trojans who were the victors though, 17-14.
One game did provide some excitement for ACC football fans this weekend, and that was actually the only conference game played so far this season, Duke at Wake Forest. Of course, it wasn’t really the excitement that Demon Deacon fans wanted to see, but the outcome was. These two teams had a shoot out, and in the end it was Wake Forest edging out the Devils, 54-48.
Aside from all of that excitement in the Atlantic Coast Conference this past weekend, the other games really went as expected, and really didn’t provide much new information or insight as to what these teams do and don’t have, including the blowouts by Clemson and Maryland. Here are the scores from the other ACC games played.
Kent State 13 at Boston College 26
Presbyterian 21 at Clemson 58
Morgan State 3 at Maryland 62
NC State 28 at UCF 21
After this coming weekend, we will for sure know more about what each ACC team has, and perhaps some pieces of the conference standing will really start to fall into place.