ACC Week 2 in Review
Wake Forest (0-1) at Memphis (0-1)
My prediction: Wake Forest 14, Memphis 24
The reality: Wake Forest 17, Memphis 35
We didn’t get to see @ChicagoTed1 on the sidelines this week for the Demon Deacons and they really could have used him. Leo Brown has looked absolutely lost under the interim head coach, throwing for only 190 yards at a 43% completion rate along with 2 touchdowns and interceptions this week. It was about time the program brought in a real coach. Owen Condon has also completely been wasted away and is in desperate need of some good coaching his two games this year he’s only raked in 9 catches for 96 yards. He’s still got good potential and I’m interested to see how he performs with some experienced coaching. I underestimated Memphis’s offense a little in my prediction but they moved the ball really well this week. A nice first win for @Vxmonarkxv in his return to Memphis.
Florida State (1-0) at Iowa (1-1)
My prediction: Florida State 17, Iowa 24
The reality: Florida State 38, Iowa 31
Both teams offenses played much better than I expected this week but Brett England is still leaving a lot to be desired as a passer. THAT RUN GAME THOUGH. The Adam Owens-Noah Wooten 1-2 punch was a thing of beauty this week as the duo amassed 176 yards on the ground and found the end zone 3 times. It even looks like Brett England found the end zone on the ground, but didn’t make the stat sheet over Wooten. The reverse potentially happened in Week One because these guys all seem to find the end zone on the ground. It might be time to stop trying passing plays, just saying.
UC Davis (1-0) at Boston College (1-1)
My prediction was the reality: Boston College 38, UC Davis 7
Well I got exactly what I expected to see this game. We saw the debut BC fans wanted to see from Kayshon Rhodes as he had a really nice performance this week. Now he will have to learn to keep that up against P5 competition. Josh Russell continues to improve his draft stock brining in another interception. Bill Hoffman had his best performance of this season so far and passes the 100-yard clip for the second time this year. All in all, a great team performance for Boston College this week.
Delaware (1-0) at #5 Clemson (2-0)
My prediction: Clemson 56, Delaware 14
The reality: Clemson 41, Delaware 14
Clemson had another dominating performance this week despite Greg Carnes and the Fightin’ Blue Hens keeping it close in the first half. Demarion Moore has continued to pile on yardage on the ground and has now surpassed 400 yards along with 7 touchdowns. Moore is still my favorite to win the Heisman because he is a damn good running back. Clemson does have one serious problem however, and his name is Frederick Snyder. I’ve brought up concerns about him in nearly everything I’ve written about Clemson and his performances just seem like a ticking time bomb that will eventually cost Clemson a game they shouldn’t lose. Snyder is still yet to turn the ball over but he’s been throwing at a 54% completion rate so far this year and taking Andrew Harrison and Theo Chamberlain out of the offense. If Clemson is going to continue to terrorize opponents in conference play, Snyder has to step it up. Big time.
#23 West Virginia (2-0) at Syracuse (0-1)
My prediction: Syracuse 10, WVU 20
The reality: Syracuse 14, WVU 23
Do not sleep on Syracuse. The Orange have keep things extremely competitive against two ranked opponents to start their season. Connor McLean has continued to underwhelm behind center but John Reis has shown some promise for Syracuse on the ground. The real reason for Syracuse’s success (outside of @CoachAnson) is ILB Bryce Smith. Smith was the lone star on a weak Syracuse defense last season but now with more talent around him he is shining even brighter. Smith is the unquestioned leader of this defense and is elevating the players around him.
North Carolina (0-1) at Pittsburgh (0-1)*
My prediction: Pittsburgh 35, UNC 13
The reality: Pittsburgh 24, UNC 10
Good game for Pittsburgh as Messiah Winston and Kareem Jackson played like we thought they would coming in to the year. Not only did the offense show up, the defense did too. Dominique Baptiste was impressive only allowing 3 catches for 53 yards to Finn Harwood as he broke up 2 passes and forced an interception. The Sebastian Norwood-Mike Foy backfield for UNC still haven’t found their footing and their schedule does not get easier from here. One silver lining for UNC is George Grayson. The team’s leading receiver from last season has continued to produce under Norwood. I think he’s gotta be one of the best 3/3 receivers in the game and UNC gets him for another year where he is their best receiver returning.
Western Michigan (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-1)
My prediction: Virginia Tech 10, Western Michigan 35
The reality: Virginia Tech 37, Western Michigan 31
I really underestimated Virginia Tech and overrated Western Michigan. I said Virginia Tech would have to have a good game on the ground to win this game and boy did they ever. Marquise Swain and Victor Ross combined for nearly 150 yards and 3 TDs in the Double OT thriller. Robert Royal was all over the field for the Hokies this week getting 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, along with a potential game-sealing INT (I figure it was that or a missed FG for the Broncos in OT). The Virginia Tech front 7 had their way with the WMU offensive line getting 3 sacks on the day and giving the Broncos a paltry 3.5 offensive line rating. @vtgorilla has his team back on track.
NC State (0-1) at #25 Minnesota (1-0)
My prediction: NC State 17, Minnesota 31
The reality: NC State 21, Minnesota 30
A solid performance from my boys this week but Luca Maguire is still not cutting it as a passer. Takoda Sheldon had to be wondering why he didn’t get more carries as he ran for 45 yards and a TD on only 8 touches. Prince Brandon continues to be the only receiver for NC State worth a damn and he was originally recruited as just a punt returner. Also if you didn’t know already, Malachi Pickett is the best pass rusher in college football and just made my solid offensive line who have played next to each other for the last 3 seasons look like that wasn’t the case.
#20 Virginia (1-0) at Southern Miss (0-1)
Jeremy Ellington looked more like the preseason All-ACC QB this week after a solid performance against Alabama in Week 0, Ellington slung the ball this week against the Golden Eagles throwing for 380 yards and 4 TDs. Brandon Bolton made his case for being the 2nd best RB in conference as he ran for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Julian Rapp learned what I have been saying since the preseason and that is that you shouldn’t throw on Warwick Joyner and Bucky Drake. Joyner got a pick six this week and the secondary as a whole shut down the Southern Miss passing game holding the team to only 139 yards on 34 attempts. NFLHC GMs and Scouts were worried about Jeremiah Kendrick’s production this year with a new QB and HC but Kendrick is still getting his due.
My prediction: Virginia 34, Southern Miss 7
The reality: Virginia 49, Southern Miss 10
#9 Duke (1-0) at Maryland (1-0)
Rasheed Bullock looked good again this week behind one of the best offensive lines in College Football. Swartz and Mulinu’u are arguably the best offensive tackle duo in all of college football and have been locking down pass rushes and opening up lanes for Donte Harrell. Harrell was slowed down a bit on the ground this week but still had a fair showing. Duke’s front 7 stifled the Maryland rushing attack holding them to only 59 yards. They struggled to contain him in the redzone, however, as Barrow was still able to find the end zone twice. From the stat sheet this game was a little closer than it should have been and Duke will need to take better advantage of their opportunities moving forward if they want to win the ACC.
My prediction: Duke 24, Maryland 13
The reality: Duke 34, Maryland 28
#7 Miami (FL) (2-0) at #21 Oregon (0-1)
The issue with the Dangerzoneh school of scheduling is that when you schedule enough good teams, you are generally bound to drop at least one of the games. Going to Autzen at night proved to be too much for Logan Wilson and the Hurricanes this week and Miami’s offense fell a little flat against the Ducks this week. Wilson put up numbers to be expected, but the real disappointment for Miami offensively had to be Ethan Green. Green only managed an average of 4 yards per carry this week and had no runs over 10 yards. If Miami wants to be competitive in post-season play they will need to see more from Green.
My prediction: Miami (FL) 21, Oregon 17
The reality: Miami (FL) 24, Oregon 27
Georgia Tech (1-0)
Dean’s Record this Week: 8-3
Dean’s Record for the Season: 15-4