Well the first weekend of college football is in the books and upon review of the ACC, it was an overall good first impression. They weren’t undefeated by no means but the conference as a whole produced a 10-4 record for the weekend and that includes one ACC conference game. No ACC team lost in upset fashion and the ones that did lose were just over-matched by their opponent. All the ACC victories were ones that certainly help the strength of a conference that desperately needs it.
In the ACC’s biggest win this weekend, 8 Clemson defeated 5 Georgia 38-35 to really put them in great position to make a run at a national title. Clemson’s offense was clicking but what was most impressive was the defense’s ability to handle the SEC caliber offensive and defensive lines throughout the entirety of the game. My pick as Tajh Boyd as ACC MVP certainly looking good right now after finishing 18-30 for 270 yards and 3 TDs, and running for 42 yards and 2 TDs.
11 Florida State continued ACC dominance over new ACC member Pitt in a 41-13 rout. The star is no doubt my predicted newcomer of the year Jameis Winston who was 25-27 for 356 yards and 4 TDs, he also ran for 2 yards and a TD. His talent is unquestioned, although a weak opponent, a great first road win for him and the Noles.
Maryland, Miami, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke more than did enough to take care of business this past weekend. All these teams playing inferior opponents and all looked very good getting the job done, most so was Georgia Tech, my ACC Coastal sleeper pick, who won convincingly 70-0 over FCS opponent Elon. Even though an FCS opponent, they dominated them with their triple-option attack and did not let up all game. Not giving up any TDs looks good too.
Close wins over opponents were Boston College and Virginia squeaking out their opponents. BC was against Villanova so there’s concern there but better than 7 teams this past weekend who lost to FCS opponents. Virginia was over BYU which was a nice win for the Cavaliers and gets their season off on the right foot which is what they desperately need.
The losses included Pitt, Syracuse, North Carolina and Virgina Tech. In fairness to these schools, all of them were over-matched in their games. All teams showed as much as they could and had some bright spots but not enough to put them over the top. The Cuse lost to Penn State 23-17, VT lost to 1 Bama 35-10, NC lost to 6 South Carolina 27-10 and Pitt lost to 11 FSU 41-13.
So in the end, I would say the ACC was very impressive in their opening weekend of college football. The Clemson win highlighting the weekend of course and other top power FSU showing that they may have enough to challenge the Tigers in the Atlantic Division. This past weekend showed the strength of the ACC from top to bottom. It looks like it could be a good year in the ACC, but we’ll wait and see how it plays out because it is only one week. Week 2 is ahead and we’ll see how it goes. ACC Week 2 preview and picks coming soon and I’ll let you know how each team stacks up this weekend. Let us know how you feel about the ACC in their first weekend of football.