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Around the ACC: Week 11 Recap

Does the turnover chain also apply to coaching turnover?

Miami v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

You know the drill. Let’s see what happened around the conference this week and who was the worst at being a good football team.

Miami 21, Georgia Tech 27

Miami started the game with trash talk disguised as a prayer and ended it walking off the field behind a group of eleven guys disguised as an offense. When your program operates in the absence of class (pick a definition of class, they all apply), you aren’t going to get much sympathy for losing four straight games. Miami is back, but less in a “good at football” way and more in an Al Golden-era way. Maybe their stadium is empty all the time because the fans are running lemonade stands to fund their next airplane message?

Wake Forest 27, NC State 23

Another day, another ACC team finally outed as being very, very bad. It was just a matter of time for the Wolfpack, who dodged a certain blowout at the hands of West Virginia by way of weather earlier this season, but Wake Forest finally did it! Thoughts and prayers for their “quality wins” against fellow not good teams Boston College and Florida State.

Louisville 23, Syracuse 54

A quick word on Syracuse and a picture on Louisville: the Orange are the second-best team in the ACC and it isn’t really close. Their game against Notre Dame should be a really fun one to watch.

Now, on to Louisville. I’ll let this image sum up their season.

Slow clap for the Cardinals for finally getting rid of that man. It’s only up from here, guys.

North Carolina 35, Duke 42

Meanwhile in the battle of the spraypainted bell, it was Duke narrowly edging out a win against the now 1-8 Tar Heels in Durham. I still don’t think that Carolina fires Larry Fedora at the end of the season for cost reasons, but the fact of the matter is that they’re likely looking at a 2-10 season with Western Carolina and NC State left. Maybe Fedora has just gotten lucky in the past, but it seems like he can’t coach without a fantastic quarterback à la Bryn Renner, Marquise Williams, or Mitch Trubisky.

Liberty 24, Virginia 45

Liberty was no match for the Cavaliers on Saturday, falling by 21 in Charlottesville. The Hoos will round out the season with both Techs over the next two weeks.

Virginia Tech 22, Pittsburgh 52

Things are going south in a hurry for Justin Fuente, as evidenced most recently by Pitt’s 30-point blowout of the Hokies in Pittsburgh. Not many teams have seen a fall from grace quite like Virginia Tech, which went from Coastal darling after a week-one blowout over FSU to needing to win out against Miami and Virginia just to make a bowl. Good luck with that, everyone.

Florida State 13, Notre Dame 42

Notre Dame is good, Florida State is bad. The Noles also need to win out to make a bowl, with games against Boston College and Florida left. I don’t envy that position at all.

Clemson 27, Boston College 7

Roses are red

Violets are blue

That BC fan regrets sending hate mail to my inbox

And her awful team regrets playing Clemson too

Raycom Sports won the vote for #GoACC Moment of the Week last time, meaning that Florida State is still the season leader. I’m proud of you, oh great commentariat.

In honor of the recently-completed elections, we’ll vote on this week’s winner again. Georgia rules only, so a team needs 50% plus one to avoid a runoff in next week’s recap. Here are your candidates:


Who was the worst of the week?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Miami (for not actually being back, losing after pregame antics/clown behavior)
    (131 votes)
  • 20%
    Louisville (for Petrino-related reasons)
    (48 votes)
  • 20%
    Virginia Tech (for going first to worst since week one)
    (48 votes)
  • 1%
    Boson College (lol)
    (3 votes)
230 votes total Vote Now

#GoACC Moment of the Week Scoreboard:

Florida State - 2

Raycom Sports - 1

Miami - 1

North Carolina - 1

Virginia Tech - 1

Clemson - 1

Louisville - 1

Georgia Tech - 1

Duke - 1