We're all fans of one ACC team: Syracuse. But (surprise!), there's also 13 other teams in the football conference. Every Monday, we'll try and recap what happened all around the league, and where possible, relate it all back to the Orange.
Syracuse 13, Wake Forest 0
Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27
North Carolina 27, NC State 19
Clemson 59, Virginia 10
Georgia Tech 21, Pittsburgh 10
Florida State 41, Miami 14
Florida State continued to assert its dominance over the rest of the conference, absolutely running through Miami in primetime on Saturday night. Jameis Winston did not play his best game (he threw one TD and two interceptions), but those mistakes proved to be less than costly for the 'Noles, who simply can't be stopped lately. Miami's performance shows they're just not on the same elite level as FSU, though that doesn't mean their start was all smoke and mirrors. The Hurricanes program, now out from under the NCAA cloud, is "back" in terms of conference contention. Just not ready to be a national title team (yet) -- especially now that Duke Johnson's suffered a broken ankle.
Elsewhere in the ACC, there were equal measures of order and chaos. BC's win over Virginia Tech was a shocking (though not crushing) blow to the Hokies' divisional hopes, while it put the Eagles in prime position to return to the postseason. North Carolina continued to bring itself back from the dead, scoring their second straight victory to make it three on the year. NC State, on the other hand, seems content to just be buried this year, as that's now five conference losses for the Wolfpack.
Georgia Tech and Clemson won as favorites in their respective matchups, continuing their own marches toward postseason play. After what looked like a decent start to the year for Pitt, they're now just 4-4 and sporting a struggling offense that hasn't scored more than 21 points against true FBS competition since September. Virginia's nightmare season rolls on as they become the first ACC program this season to be eliminated from bowl contention. Dan and I have mentioned this over and over in the podcasts: 2-10 is in play, and that means Mike London will very well be shown the door as head coach, too.
While Syracuse fans were all pretty thrilled about the outcome against Wake Forest (rightfully so), it's unfortunate to see what else the Deacons lost. Michael Campanaro, the team's leading receiver and third-leading receiver in ACC history, has likely played the final game of his college career. The broken collarbone he suffered on Wake Forest's second drive has him slated to miss between four and six weeks. Without a bowl game, it's unlikely he gets to see the field again, and it's unlikely the Deacs make a bowl game without him.
Around these parts, we'd referred to the Wake Forest game as a must-win for the Orange, and now that they've pulled off the victory... this team is still far from "in the clear." The next two games are on the road (Maryland, Florida State), before facing long-time foes Pitt and Boston College at the Dome to end the year. Syracuse can make things a whole lot easier for themselves too by beating the Terps on Saturday. At 5-4, they'd need to beat just one of
Florida State (HAHAHA... NOPE), Pittsburgh or BC to get to a bowl game. Of course, we've seen this go both ways in recent years. I'd prefer the ending we got in 2012.
ACC Standings, Post-Week 10