2008 Around the ACC: Week 7

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Many ACC teams were off this week, but Thursday night saw the preseason
conference favorite all but eliminated from contention in the Atlantic Division.
Georgia Tech narrowly made it past a 1-AA opponent, while Virginia looks to be a
rapidly improving football team, at least when they play at home.

The Current Standings

ATLANTIC DIVISION
School Conference Overall
Wake Forest 2-0 4-1
Boston College 1-1 4-1
Florida State 1-1 4-1
Maryland 1-1 4-2
Clemson 1-2 3-3
NC State 0-2 2-4
COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Overall
Virginia Tech 2-0 5-1
Georgia Tech 2-1 5-1
North Carolina 1-1 5-1
Duke 1-1 3-2
Virginia 1-1 3-3
Miami 0-2 3-3

Around the League…


Boston College (4-1, 1-1)

Boston College was off this week.

Up Next: Virginia Tech, Saturday, October 18, 8pm, ESPN2


Clemson (3-3, 1-2)

Clemson dropped a big Atlantic Division matchup at Wake Forest 12-7 on
Thursday night. The Tiger offense struggled, thanks mostly to poor offensive
line play. On Friday, trying to jumpstart his offense and save his job, Tommy
Bowden announced that Willy Korn would be taking over the starting quarterback
role.

That means Cullen Harper, the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in the
ACC, is now on the bench. Harper is now one of three r-senior quarterbacks who
have put up good numbers as the starter in the past, but who are now sitting on
the bench after being replaced by younger players who have better mobility. The
other quarterbacks are Drew Weatherford and Sean Glennon. Not coincidentally,
there have been pass protection issues at all three programs.

With two losses already in ACC play, Clemson is all but eliminated from the
Atlantic Division race.

  • Offensive MVP: Jacoby Ford. 5 catches, 43 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Defensive MVP: B Maye. 9 tackles, 1.5 TFL

Up Next: Georgia Tech, Saturday, October 18, Noon, ESPN2


Duke (3-2, 1-1)

Duke was off this week.

Up Next: Miami, Saturday, October 18, 3:30pm, ESPNU


Florida State (4-1, 1-1)

Florida State was off this week.

Up Next: at NC State, Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm, ESPN


Georgia Tech (5-1, 2-1)

Georgia
Tech was missing their top two quarterbacks for their game against 1-AA
Gardner-Webb on Saturday. They started Calvin Booker, who isn’t cut out for
their triple option attack. As a result the Yellow Jackets rushed for just 79
yards and narrowly won 10-7. Derrick Morgan tipped a Gardner-Webb field goal
that would have tied the game with 43 seconds left.

Starter Josh Nesbitt was still out with a hamstring injury, while backup
Jaybo Shaw was out with a concussion. The Jackets managed to hit Jonathan Dwyer
for a 79 yard touchdown pass, and that was the difference in the game.

Nesbitt was dressed out for the game, and it sounds like he’ll be ready to
play against Clemson this Saturday.

  • Offensive MVP: Jonathan Dwyer. 1 catch, 79 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Defensive MVP: Derrick Morgan. 10 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 blocked FG

Up Next: at Clemson, Saturday, October 18, Noon, ESPN2


Maryland (4-2, 1-1)

Maryland was off this week.

Up Next: Wake Forest, Saturday, October 18, Noon, Raycom


Miami (3-3, 0-2)

Miami’s offense struggled yet again in a 20-14 win over Central Florida on
Saturday. Quarterback Robert Marve was just 8-of-19 for 74 yards, with one
touchdown and three interceptions. The Canes are looking more one-dimensional
each week.

The good news is that their defense is playing well. The Canes’ 20th-ranked
defense allowed just 78 yards of total offense against UCF. The Golden Knights
returned an interception and a kickoff for touchdowns, and that was the extent
of their scoring.

The bad news for Miami is that they have lost two starting defenders for the
season. Defensive end Eric Moncur is probably their top defensive lineman, while
Colin McCarthy is arguably their top linebacker. Their losses will hurt as the
Canes start to play better offensive teams.

  • Offensive MVP: Graig Cooper. 23 carries, 90 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Defensive MVP: Glenn Cook. 10 tackles, 1.5 TFL

Up Next: at Duke, Saturday, October 18, 3:30pm, ESPNU


North Carolina (5-1, 1-1)

UNC was outgained by Notre Dame 472-322, but they were +2 in turnover margin.
That propelled them to a 29-24 win over the Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon
in Chapel Hill. It was a big out-of-conference win for the ACC and for North
Carolina.

There is good news and bad news in the win. The good news is that Shaun
Draughn had another good game at tailback, running for 91 yards on 17 carries.
He is a much better option than Greg Little. The bad news is that they lost big
play wideout Brandon Tate to what is being called a sprained knee. The results
of his MRI should be known on Monday. If he is lost for a significant period of
time, it could be a big blow for the Tar Heels.

As it stands, UNC needs just one more win to become bowl eligible.

  • Offensive MVP: Hakeem Nicks. 9 catches, 141 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Bruce Carter. 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks

Up Next: at Virginia, Saturday, October 18, 3:30pm, ABC


NC State (2-4, 0-2)

NC State was off this week.

Up Next: Florida State, Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm, ESPN


Virginia (3-3, 1-1)

Virginia came up with their second win in a row on Saturday, downing East
Carolina 35-20 in Charlottesville. The Hoos dominated this game on both sides of
the ball, racking up 430 yards of total offense while holding ECU to just 285.

It was a huge day for tailback Cedric Peerman, who is finally healthy. He had
touchdown runs of 79 and 60 yards to lead the Hoos to a big offensive day. This
game was actually 6-0 ECU at one point. Once Virginia got rolling, it was never
really a contest.

As usual, UVA is playing a lot better at home than on the road. They get
another home game on Saturday against rival UNC.

  • Offensive MVP: Cedric Peerman. 16 carries, 173 yards, 2 touchdowns. 8
    catches, 26 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Clint Sintim. 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery,
    1 pass broken up

Up Next: North Carolina, Saturday, October 18, 3:30pm, ABC


Virginia Tech (5-1, 2-0)

Virginia Tech was off this week.

Up Next: at Boston College, Saturday, October 18, 8pm, ESPN2


Wake Forest (4-1, 2-0)

Wake Forest rebounded from their surprising loss to Navy by beating Clemson
12-7 on Thursday night in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons now hold the
tiebreaker over Florida State and Clemson, the two other preseason favorites in
the Atlantic Division.

In their two conference wins over Florida State and Clemson, Wake Forest
scored exactly 12 points in each game. Their defense is very good, but it also
indicates how bad certain teams in the ACC are capable of playing offensively.

Wake still needs to find a running game. They are averaging just 2.6 yards
per carry on the season. Josh Adams is a good back, but the offensive line is
supbar. Riley Skinner is the biggest running threat on the team right now, when
he drops back to pass.

  • Offensive MVP: Riley Skinner. 22-of-34 for 186 yards, 1 touchdown. 11
    carries for 73 yards
  • Defensive MVP: Alphonso Smith. 1 tackles, 1 critical second half
    interception, 1 pass defended
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