It was another fun week in the ACC, and around college football in general. Already the media narrative is starting about Auburn deserving to go to the BCSNCG ahead of Ohio State if they can win out. ESPN certainly knows where their bread is buttered. As for the ACC, it all comes down to Duke this weekend. The simple statement win and your in is on their minds, and if they win it will be a fantastic accomplishment for the Blue Devils. As for Clemson's schedule, let's see how they did
Saturday was the perfect example of how to lose while winning. The Bulldogs capped off their home slate with a 59-17 win over Kentucky, but the big news was QB Aaron Murray's torn ACL. The Georgia senior is done for the year and it wouldn't be a surprise to see his draft stock plummet because of the injury. It is a terrible way to end a great college career. Now Georgia has to focus on whipping their neighbors in Atlanta.
SC State closed out their regular season with a 17-3 victory over Norfolk State. The Bulldogs now move on to some postseason play against Furman this weekend.
And now we get to the laughing portion of our schedule. The Wolfpack continued their impressive display of ineptitude that at this point is only rivaled by Virginia. For this one though NC State decided to lose to in-state rivals ECU by a lovely little score of 42-28. This type of loss by wolves can't even be found in the fairytales. Next for NC State will be an attempt to avoid going defeated in conference play.
It is now official, Wake Forest will be one of at least 3 ACC teams that will not be going to bowl games. It seemed unlikely that the Deacs could win out, but their 28-21 loss to Duke means it is time to go home for the year. Better luck next year kids.
I'm going to take a moment to laugh her at what I'm calling the pledge battle. Pitt managed to beat Syracuse 17-16 in what can only be described as a classic ACC game. I'm enjoying this mainly because of how much talk there was about Syracuse being a dark horse contender for the Atlantic Division. Yea, not so much.
Boston College: 7-4 (4-3) vs. Maryland: 6-5 (2-5)
This one came straight from the Les Miles School of Coaching as BC won 29-26. The Eagles continued winning during what has been a pretty good season for them. Much better than a lot of people thought, but that can happen when you have such a dominant running game. As for Maryland, they are going bowling this year but that depressing conference record has to be of some concern. Things won't get any easier in the B1G, and it is going to be interesting to see what Edsall can do for them.
Putting up 80 points on anyone is impressive, but I'm going to take a moment to laugh at FSU giving up 14 to Idaho. Shut up and be quiet, it has been a long day and I need these small moments of enjoyment from lopsided scores that would make Art Briles blush.
And here we reach our sad state program portion of the evening. Progress is apparently a dirty word at Virginia. Either that or Miami beat it out of them in their 45-26 victory over the Cavaliers. Despite the statements from administrators at UVA, I have to think London is going to be gone at the end of the season. They are just too bad for this to continue. Maybe they can win something in lacrosse?
This is the second of three get money get paid games in a row here, and Georgia Tech did the dirty business against Alabama A&M to the tune of 66-7. No hangover for these Yellow Jackets, and they will have an even easier time of it trying to beat Georgia this weekend after Murray went down with his knee injury.
For our third and final beat the snot out of someone game, our little brother beat Coastal Carolina, who by the way may have the best name in all of college sports, 70-10. Your classic small team loses to big team game here.