What we learned in the ACC: Week 5

September, 28, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The ACC's fall to mediocrity is now complete for 2008. The two teams supposed to be the best in the league this season -- Clemson and Wake Forest -- both lost. For the Tigers, it was their second loss before October. For the Demon Deacons, it was a humbling loss to a Navy team even Duke was able to beat this year. Instead of separating themselves, both teams now look just like the rest of the league -- average at best.

North Carolina isn't out of it yet. Boy was I wrong on this one. It was hard not to count the Tar Heels out after they lost starting quarterback T.J. Yates for six weeks with an ankle injury, but Cam Sexton took control of the situation. Sexton, who lost his starting job in 2006, has been trying to prove he can win it back since. Against a young, talented Miami team, he did just that.

Maryland's better half is winning out in its two personalities. First it was game to game. Against Clemson it was half to half. But the Terps have now won three straight and beaten the past four ranked opponents they've played, dating to last year.

Virginia Tech can continue to win without throwing the ball more than 15 times a game. Why not? They keep doing it. Tyrod Taylor hasn't thrown for a score yet, but with Darren Evans and Dustin Keys putting points up, he hasn't had to.

Virginia is No. 12. The Cavaliers solidified their spot as the worst team in the ACC by managing just three points -- three -- against a Duke program that had a 25-game losing streak in conference play. Heading into this season and following a one-year contract extension, it seemed as if it would take a monumental collapse for Al Groh to officially be on the hot seat. Well, he might want to duck, because the walls are caving in in Charlottesville.

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