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Around the ACC: Week 3

Saturday night, Clemson looked like national title contenders, while Louisville looked like a team that potentially belongs outside the top 25.

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Pittsburgh (1-2)

Not much positive can be said about this one. Early in the second quarter, Pitt was already down to #9 Oklahoma State 35-0 and things did not get much better from there, resulting in a 59-21 final score. The Panthers allowed the Cowboys to pick up 572 yards through the air, the majority from the arm of Heisman contender Mason Rudolph before he was pulled from the game early in the second half. Next up for Pitt on the schedule will be your very own Yellow Jackets. After two brutal losses in a row to a pair of top ten teams, the question is whether the Panthers be angry or be demoralized when they take on Georgia Tech next weekend?

Virginia (2-1)

Virginia has been tough to gage so far this year. After getting run off the field by Indiana last weekend, they dominated UConn on Saturday, winning 38-18. Quarterback Kurt Benkert set a school record for passing yards, picking up 455 through the air on the day. While the UVA offense looked nearly flawless, the defense still allowed nearly 450 yards, however 238 of those came on the final three Huskies possessions, when UVA was already up by 31 points. Virginia will have a bit of a test next week as they hit the road to face Boise State and their famous blue turf.

North Carolina State (2-1)

NCSU rolled to an easy 49-16 victory Saturday when they took on Furman. The Wolfpack totaled nearly 500 yards and their star all purpose back Jaylen Samuels had nearly 100 total yards and three touchdowns. The lone mistake of the afternoon for NCSU came on a 71 yard Furman touchdown reception. Next up for the Wolfpack is a trip to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles.

Duke (3-0)

The Blue Devils remained undefeated Saturday afternoon, but looked a little less crisp than the first two weeks in their 34-20 win over Baylor. Duke was likely hoping to be more dominant in a game against a Baylor team that already had home losses to FCS Liberty and UTSA. Running back Shaun Wilson stole the show for the Blue Devils, rushing for nearly 200 yards, double what he had accumulated in the opening two games. Duke will take their undefeated record into Chapel Hill next weekend for a rivalry game against North Carolina.

Wake Forest (3-0)

While Wake Forest hasn’t played the best competition so far, they’ve looked dominant doing it and Saturday was no different, picking up a 46-10 win over Utah State. With the win, the Demon Deacons have now outscored their opponents 141-27 on the season. Wake had over double the yards of Utah State, racking up nearly 300 rushing yards. Up next, Wake will take on Appalachian State before heading to Tallahassee to take on Florida State.

Virginia Tech (3-0)

It took a while, but once Virginia Tech got rolling against East Carolina, they never looked back. At the end of the first quarter, the Hokies were down 17-7, but went on to score FIFTY-SEVEN unanswered points on their way to a 64-17 win over an overmatched and still winless ECU team. Virginia Tech totaled nearly 700 yards, had 34 first downs, and forced three ECU turnovers. Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson had another great game for the Hokies, throwing for 372 yards and five touchdowns. On the season, he know has 8 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Virginia Tech will take on Old Dominion next.

North Carolina (1-2)

Speaking of Old Dominion, the Tar Heels hit the road Saturday to take on the Monarchs and left Norfolk with a 53-23 victory, their first win of the season. A trio of Tar Heels had a pair of rushing touchdowns, including quarterback Chaz Surratt, who also threw for 257 yards and a touchdown. While ODU is far from a football powerhouse, North Carolina will be happy to finally get in the win column, especially with rival Duke coming up next weekend.

Syracuse (2-1)

Syracuse picked up an easy win Saturday afternoon, taking down Central Michigan 41-17. The Orange rushed for 300 yards, but had a pair of fumbles and now have five on the season, something they will need to improve on going forward. Syracuse will hit the road to take on LSU next week.

Boston College (1-2)

It’s going to be a long season for Boston College, who dropped to 1-2 after a 49-20 defeat to Notre Dame on Saturday. The rivalry game did stay close for a while, but Notre Dame started to pull away early in the second half. It doesn’t get easier for the Eagles from here as next up on the schedule is #3 Clemson.

Clemson (3-0) / Louisville (2-1)

Finally we get to the game of the weekend, both in the ACC and all of college football. Unfortunately, the game did not live up to the hype as #3 Clemson routed #14 Louisville 47-21. The Clemson defense looked like one of the best in the country, holding Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense in check all night. Meanwhile, the Louisville defense looked the exact opposite, as they were gashed for the third time in as many games this season, allowing 613 yards on the night. Tigers freshman quarterback Kelly Bryant had another near flawless game, going 22-32 for 316 yards and a touchdown as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns. Bryant’s performance garnered some high praise from former Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson who tweeted out during the game “He will be better than me!”, regarding Bryant. Things get easier for Louisville from here as they take on Kent State next week while Clemson takes on Boston College.


Florida State (0-1) / Miami (1-0)

As we foreshadowed last week, the Miami and Florida State game was unable to be played due to Hurricane Irma. However, the game will still be played later in the season, but not without impact on others. Due to ACC rules, the Jackets game against Miami will be pushed back from Thursday, October 12th to Saturday the 14th.