This Week in the ACC 9/16-9/122
If this game was a dress rehearsal for the ACC Championship then GT Defensive Coordinator Jon Tenuta showed up to the show naked. BC Offensive Coordinator Steve Logan and QB Matt Ryan undressed the Yellow Jackets defense on Saturday compiling 527 yards of total offense. Most of those yards came via Ryan's 435 passing yards. It left me wondering why Notre Dame had such a hard time scoring on the Yellow Jackets.
BC has now survived their 3-game gauntlet run through the ACC to start the season and put the rest of the league on notice that they're going to be a team to be reckoned with until the end. More than likely, the Eagles are going to be 7-0 going into to Blacksburg on October 25th. That is of course unless they have another "what the f.." game in the meantime. That only happened because Tom O'Brien was coach… right?
Runner Up: Duke winning for the 1st time since 2005
With all of the negative attention that the ACC has received this season it was good for the conference to rid themselves of having the team with the nation's longest losing streak. Duke broke an embarrassingly long losing streak of 22 games by defeating Northwestern 20-14 on Saturday.
The Blue Devils were led to victory by QB Thad Lewis, who had one of the best half's of play of any player this season. The QB went 14-of-15 for 186 yards and 3 TD's. Maybe this is the breakout performance that everyone's been waiting for from Lewis. If he can continue to play like he did on Saturday, then Duke might be able to defeat a conference foe this year.
Next to the Duke game, this was UNC's best chance to pick a conference victory this season, and they couldn't come through. UNC fans have to be slightly disappointed with their young team because the Tar Heels played well enough to win this game. Turnovers were a big reason for losing, as the Tar Heels coughed it up 3 times. 2 of the turnovers led to Virginia FG's, and the other stalled out a UNC drive inside the Virginia 35-yard line.
UNC did prove, that going forward, they aren't going to be a pushover to all of their opponents. The Tar Heels have a legitimate passing game, which will keep them in many games. Unfortunately, their lack of experience will keep them from winning those games that they keep close until later in the year. Maryland and NC State should be on upset alert when UNC comes to town in November.
Runner-up: Georgia Tech losing to BC
It was really surprising to see GT not even give BC a game. I thought that this game would be decided by a FG or less.
ACC Power Rankings
1. Boston College
4. Georgia Tech
7. Wake Forest
9. NC State
11. North Carolina
ACC Top Quarterbacks of 2007 (so far)
1. Matt Ryan - BC
2. T.J. Yates - UNC
3. Cullen Harper - Clemson
4. Drew Weatherford - FSU
5. Thaddeus Lewis - Duke
Game of the Week: 9/22 Georgia Tech @ Virginia
After beating arguably the 2 worst teams in the ACC (Duke and UNC), the Cavaliers are sitting atop the Coastal Division. Should Virginia be considered a contender? Considering that they lost to Wyoming earlier in the year I seriously doubt it. However, until someone defeats the Cavaliers inside the ACC then they're in the hunt for sure.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets need to bounce back in a big way after getting trounced on by BC. One more loss in conference play might cost GT a trip to the ACC Championship.
Runner-Up: 9/20 Texas A&M @ Miami
The "U" has to get their mojo back, and what could be a better chance to do it than playing a ranked team in front of a national T.V. audience on Thursday night?
Miami probably couldn't have asked for a more beatable ranked opponent to face. Texas A&M comes to town with 2 cupcake wins matched with an epic overtime win against Fresno State. All three of those wins came at home.
The Aggies have a strong rushing attack, but their pass offense has been nonexistent. A&M's defense isn't nearly as strong as it's been in past years.