For the 3rd week in a row, the ACC was the featured game on ESPN’s Thursday night football telecast. The last two weeks featured losses by Virginia Tech. Last night included a different Virginia team, this time the Cavaliers, but the same result… a loss for the school from the great Commonwealth as UNC took out UVA, 37-13.
Gio Bernard was mostly neutralized as the game was close until the fourth quarter, when the Heels stacked up UVA on a 4th and goal then took it to them scoring TDs on the next two possessions. UNC did their damage through the air as Bryn Renner threw for 315 yards, Fr. Quinshad Davis had 16 catches for 178 yards, and Erik Highsmith caught two TDs to put the game away. The loss for UVA eliminated them from bowl contention as they now sit at 4-7 with a final game left in Blacksburg next weekend. UNC sits at 7-4, one win away from their traditional finish of 8-4 and no shot at a bowl or even winning the Coastal, but they have definitely shown a spark in Larry Fedora’s first season.
ACC Weekend Games
Florida State @ Maryland #FSUvsMD – ESPNU (XM 190 :: SIRIUS 135) – 12:00 p.m. ET
Virginia Tech @ Boston College #VTvsBC – ACC Network (XM 203 :: SIRIUS 93) – 12:30 p.m. ET
USF @ Miami #USFvsMIA – RSN (XM 195 :: SIRIUS 136) – 3:00 p.m. ET
Duke @ Georgia Tech #DUKEvsGT – ESPNU (XM 191 :: SIRIUS 94) – 3:30 p.m. ET
NC State @ Clemson #NCSUvsCLEM – ABC (ESPN2 mirror) (XM 190 :: SIRIUS 135) – 3:30 p.m. ET
Wake Forest @ Notre Dame #WAKEvsND – NBC (XM 129 :: SIRIUS 129) – 3:30 p.m. ET
The weekend holds a couple of interesting subplots for the ACC. First and foremost, the Atlantic can be wrapped up by either a FSU win vs. Maryland, or a Clemson loss vs. NC State. If I were a betting man, I’d have trouble picking either FSU or Clemson to lose, but of the two Clemson probably stands the best chance to slip up. Either way, expect both to win as they make a push for the ACC to get two BCS teams for the 2nd straight year.
The other relevant game for division championship purposes is Duke at Georgia Tech. The loser will be eliminated from Coastal contention. If Duke wins, the Coastal will come down to the season ending clash between Duke & Miami. If Georgia Tech wins, they’ll have to sit and root for Duke next week vs. Miami.
The rest of the slate features a so-so ACC game and two OOC games. In the ACC game, VT tries to keep it’s bowl hopes alive at BC. The Hokies are 0-5 on the road this year, so if that trend holds, expect an upset in Chestnut Hill. Otherwise, a VT win will ensure there are more than just bragging rights will be played for next weekend against UVA.
In OOC action, Miami hosts in-state rival USF and Wake Forest travels to South Bend and hopes that the Irish are looking ahead to the Trojans next week.
The season’s almost over, how’s it all going to end up? Who will be playing in Charlotte on Dec. 1? How many bowl eligible teams will the ACC get?