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What we learned in the ACC: Week 4

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

1. The ACC needed some time to get it together. Four weeks to be exact. The league took a big hit in the first two weeks, posting a 3-7 record against FBS schools. The ACC took care of business on Saturday, though, highlighted by NC State's upset win of No. 15-ranked EastCarolina. The conference also notched convincing wins against the SEC (Mississippi State) and Big 12 (Texas A&M), while handling the little guys with ease instead of drama. The league was 6-0 against nonconference opponents. As other teams continue to improve, the harder it will be for Wake Forest to remain undefeated.

2. The Coastal Division is crowded. Georgia Tech looked good. Real good. Virginia Tech and North Carolina went down to the wire, and probably would have been a different game had T.J. Yates not left it with an injury. Miami laid the smack down on Texas A&M. Heck, even Duke has won two games. For now, the Hokies are the team to beat, but they haven't played as well as their 2-0 league record indicates or won as convincingly as Georgia Tech and Miami did on Saturday.

3. Chris Crane won't quit. He was booed. He was benched. He threw three interceptions. And he won. After completing 6 of 14 passes for 45 yards and an interception in the first half, Crane responded by scoring three touchdowns (two rushing) en route to a 34-7 win over UCF. He regained his composure despite watching backup Dominique Davis get his chance. Crane has one more breather on the schedule next weekend -- Rhode Island -- before getting into the heart of the ACC schedule. If he can learn from his mistakes in this game and improve in the next, Crane sent the message there's no reason to count him out just yet.

4. Florida State is not back, but its offense looked backwards. The Seminoles didn't look like a top 25 team against Wake Forest, let alone one of the storied memories of the past. FSU had seven turnovers and no touchdowns. The offensive youth was exposed, starting up front, and the lack of discipline showed in the 12 penalties. After their first true test of the season, there is no reason to consider Florida State a true threat in the Atlantic Division -- not after the offensive showcases Maryland and Clemson put on. There are plenty of playmakers on this roster and loads of talent, but it's outweighed right now by inexperience.

5. NC State has the foundation for being a good football team. And it starts with quarterback Russell Wilson. Before we get too carried away with the upset, the Wolfpack still have plenty of problems -- enough to make getting to a bowl game this season a stretch. But the grit and determination of the staff and players must be given credit considering the absurd amount of injuries they've had to face in Tom O'Brien's first two seasons. This should have been a season in which the Wolfpack started to turn the corner, and it still might be, but just when they get a key playmaker back (running back Jamelle Eugene) they lose another one (linebacker Nate Irving). Yet they forced potential BCS busters ECU into overtime on the backs of young, hungry talent, and found an identity on offense in Wilson.