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    [2022] ACC Weekend Preview Guide: Week 2

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    Week 1 Recap

     

    Winners: :bc: 59-0 UMass, :louisville: 48-17 at Cincy, :ncsu: 31-24 ISU, :wake: 38-7 GSU, :duke: 49-10 ODU, :gt: 22-17 Ball, :uva: 55-3 ULL

    Losers: :pitt: 35-38 at PSU

    On Bye: :clemson:, :cuse:, :miami:, :vt:

     

    Players of the Week (WEEK 0/1)

    Offense: :bc: RB Jordan Godson - 23 carries for 258 yards, 4 TD

    Defense: :gt: DE Junior Mondragon - 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 3.0 sacks

    Special Teams: :uva: WR Malachi Brown - 148 punt return yards, 1 TD; 178 kick return yards, 1 TD

     

    Week 2 Previews: Saturday

     

    Saturday Morning Football

    Pittsburgh, PA - :cincy: Cincinnati Bearcats (0-1) at :pitt: Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)

    • Headliner: A Peppered Showing. The Panthers put together a solid offensive performance against a ranked Penn State team, coming within three points of knocking off their hated in-state rivals. The defense really struggled against the run and was unable to pressure the backfield for most of the evening. Brayden Pepper looked robust in his first start for the Panthers, only managing 54 yards on 19 carries in a rather limited performance. Cincy enters the game coming off a thrashing by fellow ACC team Louisville, who arguably has a tougher defense but a much tamer offense than the Panthers. Erik Gray put up 134 yards on the Bearcats a week ago; can Pepper get a chance to do the same, or will Pitt continue to rely on the arm of Messiah Winston?
    • Injuries: None.
    • Player to Watch: DE Grant Applegate. Last season's sack leader in the ACC was very quiet against the Nittany Lions. It wasn't often that we heard Applegate's name brought up, and rightfully so as he struggled getting past Penn State's apt bodies on the line. Cincy's line is younger and not nearly as talented, so Applegate has to be able to find his form and get to the quarterback this time around. A pressure-less Pittsburgh got handled by Penn State, whereas Cincy looked gassed against Louisville's pressure. If Applegate and Co. can replicate what the Cardinals did a week ago, then the defense shouldn't suffer nearly as much as it did last week.
    • Prediction: Cincy isn't particular strong in the front seven. A week after Erik Gray carved through the Bearcats, it'll be hard imagining Pepper not doing the same, assuming he gets the carries to do so. The Panthers are going to score and score often, and if they can contain Noel Ransom on the ground, then this should be a breeze and a first win on the season. :cincy: CIN 20-48 PITT :pitt:

     

    Clemson, SC - :houston: Houston Cougars (0-0) at :clemson: Clemson Tigers (0-0)

    • Headliner: AW3 to Me. The time has finally arrived for the world to be introduced to Akiem Williams III, arguably the most sought-after JuCo player in recent memory. After a long-standing battle between the Tigers and SMU, Williams III elected to come to Clemson for his final year of eligibility, making this Clemson team a heavy favorite in the Atlantic Division and potentially the conference. All eyes will be on Clemson today as he makes his debut, and boy does he open with a juicy opponent. This is far from the Houston of old, and the defense is a far cry from the one that dominated the AAC years ago. Will Williams III and the offense live up to the hype?
    • Injuries: None.
    • Player to Watch: DE Glenn Thorpe. This is less about the game and more about the player, with Thorpe taking a backseat to Anthony Tolbert last season and enduring a bit of a sophomore "slump", if you can even call 8.0 sacks a slump. Houston's line doesn't figure to be too much of a problem for Thorpe and Tolbert, so look for these two killer ends to burst through the line and make the day a living hell for Rickie Shaffer. Look for Thorpe to dominate once more and take charge of the defensive line, as a strong performance from the front seven would snuff out any shot of a Cougars upset. 
    • Prediction: A lot of this score relies on just how well Williams III plays today. If he clicks with the offense and Emperor knows how to treat a scrambler, we could see well over 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing from the senior quarterback. Anything less wouldn't doom the Tigers by any means as this should be a fairly straight-forward victory, but a solid performance by Williams III, whose potential so far is currently unknown, could put more stock in Clemson as a playoff contender. :houston: HOU 6-42 CLEM :clemson:

     

    Durham, NC - :nmsu: New Mexico State Aggies (0-1) at :duke: Duke Blue Devils (1-0)

    • Headliner: A Run of the Mill. Duke stormed through Old Dominion last week, absolutely decimating the Monarchs on the ground (277 yards and 5 touchdowns between Christian Collins and Bryce Thompson). Likewise, New Mexico State got thoroughly spanked by Rutgers, who had their fair share of opportunities on the ground. Simply put, this is expected to be a routine beatdown by Duke, and anything less than a 5 touchdown rout might be considered a disappointment for Duke fans. The lone question remains how long it'll take for Duke to get into gear; was last week's slow start against ODU a sign of things to come, or was it simply a derusting?
    • Injuries: None.
    • Player to Watch: RB Christian Collins. After a fairly strong showing last season and a thoroughly dominant performance against the Monarchs, expect Collins to continue his stat-padding run against an Aggies side that gave up 133 yards and 2 scores to Marcel Clinton last week. The sophomore running back generally takes a backseat to Bryce Thompson, as was the case last week despite Collins' 172-yard performance. These kinds of performances give off more of a warning shot though; the offense isn't just Bryce Thompson, and Collins is going to punish any team that treats it as such.
    • Prediction: It's not a question of how close but how many. Duke is going to win, and they're going to win handily. Look for the offense to cut through the Aggies like a hot knife through butter, and don't expect the Aggies to put up too much of a fight with their own dysfunctional offense. As stated earlier: anything less than a 5 touchdown rout might be considered a disappointment for the ACC's defending champs. :nmsu: NMSU 3-51 DUKE :duke:

     

    Saturday Evening Football

    West Lafayette, IN - :cuse: Syracuse Orange (0-0) at :purdue: Purdue Boilermakers (0-0)

    • Headliner: Taking Down Goliath. By god do the Orange have a mountain of a task to open the season. Led by former Duke quarterback Kyle Jefferson, the defending national champs in Purdue play host to measly Syracuse, a team that lost their own starting quarterback. The Orange are going to have to learn on the fly with an almost brand new offense while constantly defending for their lives against what should be a high-powered passing attack from the Boilermakers. Are the Orange up to the challenge, or will the pressure of the moment come crashing down on them?
    • Injuries: None.
    • Player to Watch: FS Logan Harley. The ball-hawking safety is going to have his hands full today. In a season that doesn't appear to give off much promise, one constant in this defense is going to be the high level of play by the deep secondary. Harley recorded six interceptions and another six pass deflections last season, so every play he can make today is going to be crucial to this Syracuse defense. With Boyd Pickett being a dominant force in the trenches and Harley ready to pounce on any mistake from Jefferson and his receivers, the Orange defense could very well keep them in this game...
    • Prediction: That said, the offense might not even get a chance to move the ball. The Boilermakers are gifted with one of the strongest secondaries in the country, and the front seven isn't all that bad either. Syracuse struggled to find an offensive identity last year, and that's expected to be the case once again with new bodies all over the field, particular in skill positions. The defense is gonna be on the field longer than they can handle, and Purdue's going to wear down the Orange to a comfortable victory. :cuse: CUSE 13-48 PUR :purdue:

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