Halloween in the ACC

October, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Happy Halloween, ACC fans! Do you think airport security will let me through any faster today if I'm in my Bobby Bowden costume? I'm willing to try. Here's a Halloween edition of who's hot, who's not in the ACC:

Scariest offense: Virginia Tech. When you're down to your third-string quarterback -- I don't care how athletic he is -- it's a little scary. Especially when you're ranked 113th in the nation in total offense to begin with.

Most frightening D: Florida State. Defensive end Everette Brown has been scary good this season (he had three sacks against the Hokies), and the Noles are third in the nation in total defense, allowing just 247.29 yards per game.

Most haunting loss: Florida State's loss to Atlantic Division opponent Wake Forest. In retrospect, that was huge, and it's going to haunt the Seminoles all season.

Best costume: Dabo Swinney. He's dressed as Clemson's head coach!

Frankenstein after a loss: Paul Johnson. He's smart, but he can be surly, especially after a turnover or six.

Best coach to get candy from: Jim Grobe. Rumor has it he gives his players Snickers in their hotel rooms the night before games.

Your worst nightmare: Georgia Tech's defensive line. Seniors Vance Walker, Darryl Richard, Michael Johnson, and sophomore Derrick Morgan have combined for 81 career starts, 311 tackles, 87.5 tackles for loss, 42 sacks and 13 forced fumbles.

The ACC's ghosts: You can't see them, but they're there. North Carolina quarterbacks Cam Sexton and T.J. Yates aren't ranked among the league's most efficient passers because neither has played the minimum requirement of 75 percent of a team's games. But combined, Yates and Sexton have a pass efficiency of 147.8, more than 20 points ahead of the league leader.

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