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In which the entire ACC explodes at the seams.

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A hat trick from A-Back Clinton Lynch was not quite enough for Georgia Tech to sneak past Virginia in Hooville over the weekend as the Jackets fell by a final score of 27-21 in Charlottesville. The Jackets, now 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the ACC, are guaranteed to finish with a losing conference record for the first time since the early 1990's. Those are words that I never guessed I'd be writing, yet here we are. Tech's bowl streak is also in serious jeopardy -- the Jackets have to win out against Virginia Tech, Miami, and Georgia just to extend it for one more season. That's a tall order for any team, much less one as lost as Tech has appeared all season long. It is mathematically possible but just seems so unattainable at this point.

Yeah, there's nothing else Georgia Tech-related that you'd care to read. It appears that the entire Internet is completely tapped out on hot takes and all that's left is the fact that Georgia Tech is not a good football team in any way, shape, or form. The AJC's Ken Sugiura has his seven takeaways from the game -- which are great as usual -- but they remind me of the game which is not fun. So far this season Georgia Tech has made Marquise Williams look like Marcus Mariota and Matt Johns look like Marquise Williams. That's awful. Send help.

If you caught the end of the Duke vs. Miami game over the weekend then you saw what was probably one of the craziest plays in college football. Miami won the game on the last play, which started deep in Canes territory and took eight laterals before Corn Elder scored the walkoff touchdown. What you might not have seen, however, were the egregious missed calls by the ACC officials in the game -- at least three in all. In fact, these no-calls were so bad that the conference has now suspended the officials in question for their sheer incompetency even with the help of replay review. The runner's knee was clearly down at one point. There was a blatant block in the back shortly thereafter. A Miami player even ran onto the field from the sideline during the play, just for good measure. The fact that there is no way to go back and award Duke the win is a huge disservice because the Devils clearly won the game. They won it with a record 23 penalties called in their favor, but they won nonetheless. How that play stood is beyond my level of comprehension.

As if that wasn't enough craziness for one day, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced over the weekend that he would be retiring at the end of the 2015 season to make way for a new coach in Blacksburg. Beamer, as great a coach as he is, won't be missed by me. The motif of Beamerball has been dead for years now and I'm quite frankly tired of hearing about it. Oh, and I'm also bitter that he consistently owns Paul Johnson. So maybe that has something to do with it also. The Hokie faithful, who have been openly speculating about who would replace Beamer for weeks now, are finally free to live in their little dream world where the VT job is the best available. Sorry, folks. There are at least three more attractive jobs available now and the season is barely half way over.

How should the ACC handle the Miami vs. Duke situation? How would that opinion change if Lance Austin's knee had somehow hit the ground during the Miracle on Techwood and we were in the same situation?