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Around the ACC: Week 13 Recap

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The ACC forgot to show up against its SEC rivals.

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia 31, Virginia Tech 34

Virginia was a split second away from beating rival Virginia Tech for the first time in 14 years, but decided that losing in overtime for a second-consecutive week would be more fun. It was not a banner day for the ACC as a whole, but throwing away your best shot at beating your top rival for the first time in over a decade is not what you want to do if you’re a UVA fan.

Florida 41, Florida State 14

Florida State was doing so well, down just 13-7 at halftime, until they... weren’t. The Gators pulled the rug out from under the ‘Nole defense in the second half, dropping just short of 550 yards on the shell of what used to be one of the top defenses in the nation just a couple of years ago. SEC 1, ACC 0.

Syracuse 42, Boston College 21

Boston College was favored by 6 in this game, folks. Instead of playing football, they completed the predictable fall to 7-5 and have lost 3-straight. Former top-25 team, you say?

NC State 34, North Carolina 28

It took overtime for NC State to outlast UNC, but the Wolfpack eventually walked away with the victory. North Carolina just lost both the long and short game with the outcome of this matchup, as it completed a 2-win season for the Heels and was then followed by the naming of Mack Brown as head coach in Chapel Hill. A loss today and a loss tomorrow for North Carolina. Great work by everyone, I’m proud of you.

Wake Forest 59, Duke 7

How did this even happen? Duke isn’t an all-world team, but they certainly aren’t a 52-point-loss-type team either — especially when the opponent is Wake Forest. Wake running back Cade Carney went for 223 yards on 31 carries, guiding the Demon Deacon offense to an impressive 517 yards.

The best news of all is that Wake Forest is going bowling again! Congratulations to the Deacs on having a much longer bowl streak than we do right now.

Pittsburgh 3, Miami 24

Has Miami regained control of Miami? No.

Has Pat Narduzzi ever won more than 8 games? No, and that won’t change this year.

The Panthers clinched a 7-5 regular season, providing us with yet another testament to the true awfulness of the ACC Coastal this season. We were one win away from a trip to Charlotte, folks. Just one win.

South Carolina 35, Clemson 56

Yay, Clemson did its job! SEC 1, ACC 1! Now we’re cooking.

Kentucky 56, Louisville 10

Aw, never mind. Kentucky was only favored by 15 or so points in this game despite being ranked in the top 15 most of the season, perhaps the biggest miracle of the football season. That team is beyond help this season, and probably next season as well. Jeff Brohm could be (will be? Was? I don’t even know what the situation with his job is) a great hire, but it’s gonna take a second to undo this damage. SEC 2, ACC 1

Georgia Tech 21, Georgia 45

No comment needed. It was the worst game of the Paul Johnson era, bar none, and warrants plenty of frustration. I’ll save that for another day.

Final Score: SEC 3, ACC 1

Thanks, Clemson.


There are a ton of candidates for #GoACC Moment of the Week this time, even when I mercifully exclude Louisville and Pitt. Good luck.

Poll

Who was the worst of the week?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Virginia (for blowing a shot at... history?)
    (24 votes)
  • 3%
    Florida State (for excellence in blowing rivalry games)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Boston College (for losing by 21 as touchdown favorites)
    (0 votes)
  • 43%
    Duke (for a 52-point loss to 6-6 Wake Forest)
    (48 votes)
  • 31%
    Georgia Tech (yep)
    (35 votes)
111 votes total Vote Now

#GoACC Moment of the Week Scoreboard:

Florida State - 2

Miami - 2

Raycom Sports - 1

North Carolina - 1

Virginia Tech - 1

Clemson - 1

Louisville - 1

Georgia Tech - 1

Duke - 1

Syracuse - 1