Monday, October 10, 2011
Weekend rewind: ACC
Here’s a look back at the highlights and lowlights of Week 6 and a sneak peek at Week 7:
The good: Bowl-eligible teams. Clemson and Georgia Tech, both 6-0, became the first teams in the conference to reach bowl eligibility this season. It’s the earliest the Tigers have been bowl-eligible since 2000, and it’s the 15th straight bowl-bound season for Georgia Tech. It’s quite a turnaround, considering last year both teams were 6-7.
QB Tajh Boyd is listed as questionable for the Tigers' next game at Maryland.
The bad: The hip injury to Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in the third quarter against Boston College. This could be very, very bad for the Tigers. Boyd has played his way into the race for the ACC’s Player of the Year, and he’s been the heart of Clemson’s new offense. His status is questionable entering the Maryland game, and so is the fate of the undefeated Tigers without him in their lineup.
The ugly: Florida State’s five turnovers. Quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Clint Trickett combined to throw four interceptions in FSU’s loss to Wake Forest. Trickett started the second straight game in place of Manuel, whose shoulder still had not completely healed, but he was benched in favor of the veteran late in the first half. The Deacs converted those turnovers into 17 points.
The amazing: Logan Thomas’ completion percentage. Virginia Tech’s quarterback completed 23 of 25 passes. His incompletions were a dropped pass by David Wilson and a flip to Wilson to avoid a sack. His completion percentage of 92 percent was the highest for any quarterback under coach Frank Beamer in 301 games (minimum 20 attempts). The next closest was 80 percent by Grant Noel (16-of-20 vs. UConn in 2001).
The historic: For the first time in school history, Wake Forest is off to a 3-0 start in conference play. The Deacs have defeated NC State, Boston College and Florida State – all Atlantic Division opponents.
Top three games of Week 7:
1. Clemson at Maryland: The quarterbacks will be the story in College Park. Will Clemson’s injured star, Boyd, return? Who will start for the Terps? Maryland’s Danny O’Brien was benched in favor of his backup, C.J. Brown, in the loss to Georgia Tech. Maryland’s passing game struggled under both of them.
2. Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: Both teams have momentum on their side. With their win against Miami on Saturday, the Hokies kept their hopes alive at reaching the ACC championship game, but their margin of error has shrunken considerably. The Deacs, meanwhile, are off to an historic start in ACC play, and are now one of the teams to beat in the Atlantic Division.
3. Georgia Tech at Virginia: The Cavaliers have had a bye week to rest and prepare for the Yellow Jackets, and Georgia Tech’s high-scoring offense managed only one touchdown in the second half against Maryland. A season-high eight penalties and a poor performance in the passing game prevented Georgia Tech from pulling away. UVA is looking for its first conference win.