2007 Around the ACC: Week 10

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And then there were none. Boston College was the only ACC team without a loss
until this weekend, when they met Florida State. The Atlantic Division has
turned into a race again. In the Coastal, Virginia Tech and Virginia both won,
which keeps them even with each other in the loss column.

Current Standings and Remaining Games

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Overall Remaining
Games
Boston College 4-1 8-1
@MD (11/10)
@Clemson (11/17)
Miami (11/24)
Clemson 4-2 7-2
Wake (11/10)
BC (11/17)
@S. Carolina (11/24)
Wake Forest 4-2 6-3
@Clemson (11/10)
NC State (11/17)
@Vandy (11/24)
Florida State 3-3 6-3
@VT (11/10)
MD (11/17)
@Florida (11/24)
NC State 2-3 4-5
UNC (11/10)
@Wake (11/17)
MD (11/24)
Maryland 1-4 4-5
BC (11/10)
@FSU (11/17)
@NC State (11/24)
COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Overall Remaining
Games
Virginia 5-1 8-2
@Miami (11/10)
VT (11/24)
Virginia Tech 4-1 7-2
FSU (11/10)
Miami (11/17)
@UVa (11/24)
North Carolina 2-3 3-6
@NC State (11/10)
@GT (11/17)
Duke (11/24)
Miami 2-3 5-4
UVa (11/10)
@VT (11/17)
@BC (11/24)
Georgia Tech 2-4 5-4
@Duke (11/10)
UNC (11/17)
Georgia (11/24)
Duke 0-6 1-8
GT (11/10)
@Notre Dame (11/17)
@UNC (11/24)


Boston College (8-1, 4-1)

Matt Ryan threw three interceptions as Boston College lost to Florida State
27-17 at home on Saturday night. Not only did they lose to the Seminoles, they
also lost their chance at staying in the National Championship race. They also
opened up the Atlantic Division race.

Matt Ryan has thrown five interceptions and completed less than 50% of his
passes over the last two games. With the exception of Brandon Robinson, BC’s
receivers struggled with Florida State’s aggressive man-to-man defense.

BC’s defense also struggled against Drew Weatherford, allowing him to throw
for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Offensive MVP: Brandon Robinson. 7 catches, 163 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Defensive MVP: Mark Herzlich. 6 tackles, 2 TFL


Clemson (7-2, 4-2)

Clemson is right back in the Atlantic Division race following their 47-10
victory over Duke in Durham on Saturday. Thanks to losses by Wake Forest and
Boston College, the Tigers have a legit chance to win the division and go to the
ACC Championship Game. They have two ACC games left, both at home against Wake
and BC. They have more overall talent than both of those teams, and they control
their own destiny.

The Tigers seem to be getting their running game going. James Davis ran for
118 yards on just eight carries against Duke, and C.J. Spiller averaged seven
yards per carry. Clemson’s defense is also playing at a high level right now.

You won’t find many quarterbacks more efficient than Cullen Harper. The
junior is putting up some impressive stats this season. He has completed 65.2%
of his passes for 2,166 yards on the season. He has thrown 23 touchdowns and
just four interceptions. Matt Ryan gets all the hype in the ACC, but Harper is
for real. He is 13th in the nation and first in the ACC in pass efficiency.

  • Offensive MVP: James Davis. 8 carries, 118 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Defensive MVP: Michael Hamlin. 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 interception


Duke (1-8, 0-6)

Things just keep getting worse for Duke. They have so many injuries on
defense that they have no chance of stopping any offense with a pulse. Clemson
coasted over the Blue Devils 47-10, and it could have been worse.

There’s not much more you can say about the Blue Devils right now. They have
a lot of guys hurt, they have no depth, and they have a bad offensive line. You
aren’t going to win a lot of games with that combination.

  • Offensive MVP: Thad Lewis. 15-of-26, 160 yards, 1 touchdown, 1
    interception
  • Defensive MVP: Michael Tauiliili. 11 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks


Florida State (6-3, 3-3)

For the first time in a while, the Seminoles were close to resembling the
Florida State of old on Saturday night. They beat Boston College 27-17, and had
great success through the air all night. Drew Weatherford had a great game, and
FSU’s receivers really stepped up.

The Seminoles are getting healthier. They recently got defensive tackles Budd
Thacker and Andre Fluellen back from injury, and they add quite a bit to the FSU
defense. The ‘Noles have also decided on Drew Weatherford at quarterback. Xavier
Lee is suspended for the Virginia Tech game, so the Hokies will see Weatherford.

  • Offensive MVP: Drew Weatherford. 29-of-45, 354 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Defensive MVP: Tony Carter. 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defended


Georgia Tech (5-4, 2-4)

Georgia Tech was taken behind the woodshed on their own home field by
Virginia Tech Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets lost 27-3, and they also lost
their already slim chance to repeat as Coastal Division champions.

Taylor Bennett had only thrown three interceptions heading into Thursday
night’s game, but he tossed up four against the Hokies. The Jackets entered the
game ranked #7 in the nation in total defense, but surrendered 481 yards of
offense to the Hokies, including 296 yards passing to Sean Glennon.

Many GT fans are anxiously awaiting the end of the Chan Gailey era, which
appears to be coming sooner rather than later.

  • Offensive MVP: James Johnson. 7 catches, 136 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Michael Johnson. 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 blocked FG, 1
    FF


Maryland (4-5, 1-4)

Maryland continued to slide over the weekend, this time falling to UNC 16-13
in Chapel Hill. The Terps fell behind 16-3, rallied, but ultimately came up
short. Things are looking ugly in College Park.

Maryland was looking good earlier, with a big win at Rutgers and another
victory over Georgia Tech. Since then, Rutgers has fallen flat on their faces,
and Georgia Tech is starting to find a new way to lose every week. The Terps
have dropped three games in a row, and they close against Boston College,
Florida State and NC State. They may not win another game this season.

  • Offensive MVP: Chris Turner. 20-of-36, 206 yards, 1 interception
  • Defensive MVP: Erin Henderson. 11 tackles, 1 fumble recovery


Miami (5-4, 2-3)

Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman posted one of the worst stat lines you’ll
ever see in football in Saturday’s 19-16 overtime loss to NC State. Freeman was
1-of-14 for 84 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. None of that
is a misprint, including the 84 yards. He was that bad.

Fortunately for Miami, they ran for 314 yards, otherwise they would have been
totally embarrassed on their own field. Either way, they still lost the game.
Regular starting quarterback Kyle Wright should be back for the Virginia game
this week.

In overtime, Miami faced a 3rd and 9, and they obviously had no confidence in
Freeman to complete a pass. Instead they opted for a running play, which was
shut down, and then the ‘Canes missed the chip shot field goal. NC State went on
to kick a field goal in their possession to win the game.

  • Offensive MVP: Javarris James. 18 carries, 103 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Colin McCarthy. 12 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack


North Carolina (3-6, 2-3)

UNC defeated Maryland 16-13 in Chapel Hill on Saturday to get Butch Davis his
third win of the season. The Tar Heels’ offense didn’t do much, managing just
259 yards of total offense, but their defense was stout for the entire game.

UNC wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had another big day, this time catching eight
passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Nicks, a sophomore, has developed into
arguably the best wide receiver in the ACC. He has 56 catches for 702 yards and
four touchdowns on the season.

With games coming up against NC State, Georgia Tech and Duke, the young Tar
Heels have a chance to end the season on a solid note.

  • Offensive MVP: Hakeem Nicks. 8 catches for 88 yards, 1 touchdown.
  • Defensive MVP: Trimane Goddard. 10 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass broken
    up


NC State (4-5, 2-3)

NC State has won three games in a row, including two wins over teams in
contention for the Coastal Division: UVA and Miami. This weekend’s win came
against the ‘Canes in the Orange Bowl. The Wolfpack won 19-16 in overtime,
thanks to a dismal game from Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman.

Freeman’s performance is about the only thing you can say about this game. NC
State was good defensively against the pass, but Freeman needs to be able to
complete more than just one pass.

Either way, the Wolfpack find themselves back in bowl contention. They have
home games against UNC and Maryland, as well as a road game against Wake Forest
left on their schedule. If they can win two of those games, they’ll be bowl
eligible.

  • Offensive MVP: Daniel Evans. 19-of-40 for 207 yards.
  • Defensive MVP: The secondary.


Virginia (8-2, 5-1)

Virginia pulled out another one in the final seconds, beating Wake Forest
17-16 in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon. It was Virginia’s third
one-point win in the last four games. Before that, the Cavs had two wins by two
points each, and another win by five points. The five games won by two points or
less is an NCAA record.

This time the Hoos had to sweat it out as their opponent missed a 47 yard
field goal as time expired. Wake Forest’s Sam Swank, the man who beat NC State
last year with three field goals from 50+ yards, missed two field goals against
UVA. His first miss, from 43 yards, bounced off the upright.

UVA has two games remaining. They play at Miami in the last game in the
Orange Bowl this Saturday night, then they play Virginia Tech on November 24.
It’s looking like that VT-UVA game on the 24th will decide who represents the
Coastal Division in Jacksonville.

  • Offensive MVP: Jameel Sewell. 20-of-43, 225 yards, 1 touchdown. 9 carries,
    47 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Jeffrey Fitzgerald. 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 pass broken
    up


Virginia Tech (7-2, 4-1)

The Hokies are sitting exactly where many people expected them to be at this
point in the season. Most importantly, the offense is showing signs of coming to
life. In the 27-3 win at Georgia Tech, the Hokies had 481 yards of total offense
against a Yellow Jacket defense that ranked #7 in the nation in yards allowed.

Sean Glennon took a big step forward with 296 yards through the air and two
touchdowns. Most importantly, the running game looks to be much improved. VT ran
for 185 yards on Georgia Tech, the most any team has managed on the Yellow
Jackets all year. The Hokies ran for 116 on BC the previous week, the most the
Eagles had allowed all year.

The Hokies have a tough remaining schedule, with Florida State, Miami and
Virginia. If they win two of the next three games, with one of those wins coming
against the Hoos, they’ll be in Jacksonville.

  • Offensive MVP: Sean Glennon, 22-of-32, 296 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Defensive MVP: Cam Martin, 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception


Wake Forest (6-3, 4-2)

Wake Forest had a chance to inch closer to the top of the standings in the
Atlantic Division, but Sam Swank missed a field goal as time expired, and the
Deacons lost to UVA 17-16.

Wake Forest struggled to move the ball on UVA for most of the day, although
they had greater success in the second half. Defensively, the Demon Deacons
could not stop Jameel Sewell on some key quarterback scrambles in the second
half.

The Demon Deacons are already bowl eligible, but are looking to add to their
resume. They have games against Clemson, NC State and Vanderbilt remaining. They
could win all of them, or they could lose all of them.

  • Offensive MVP: Riley Skinner. 20-of-26 for 175 yards, 1 touchdown, 1
    interception
  • Defensive MVP: Chip Vaughn. 7 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 2 passes defended
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