The Miami Hurricanes are pretty much out of the ACC race, but with so much unpredictability in the conference this season, the ACC is still wide open, especially in the Coastal Division.
Thursday, November 8th
Wake Forest 27, No.14 NC State 23, Final
Wake Forest shocked the nation and the ACC when they went on the road and beat Top 15 ranked NC State Thursday night. Now the ACC’s second best team is most likely Syracuse, and the whole conference appears to be struggling besides the Clemson Tigers. It was a crucial win for the Demon Deacons, now they only have to win one of their last two games to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately for NC State this home loss probably ends any hopes at a New Year’s Six Bowl appearance for the Wolfpack.
Friday, November 9th
Louisville (2-7, 0-6 ACC) at No.13 Syracuse (7-2, 4-2 ACC), 7:00 P.M Eastern, ESPN2
Syracuse has been one of the most surprising teams in the nation this year, and are most likely the ACC’s second best team. Their only two losses were close, a heartbreaker four point loss against Clemson, and an overtime letdown the next week against Pitt. The Orange will face a struggling Louisville Cardinals team that seemingly gets worse each week as a primer before playing in a huge game against No.3 Notre Dame next week.
Root for the Orange in this game, they are the last ACC team that has a chance at a New Year’s Six Bowl besides Clemson, and they need momentum heading into a tough game against the Fighting Irish.
Saturday, November 10th
UNC (1-7, 1-5 ACC) at Duke (6-3, 2-3 ACC), 12:20 P.M Eastern, ACCNE
This is a game of two teams from North Carolina that are very disappointed in their seasons’ so far. North Carolina is just trying to finish the year before almost certainly firing Larry Fedora come the end of the season, while Duke has been marred by injuries and uneven play for weeks. Neither team has any chance at winning the Coastal Division, so this game is purely for pride.
Root for either one of these teams, which ever one you like more. The outcome of this game truly has no impact on the Hurricanes’ season.
Liberty (4-4) at Virginia (6-3, 4-2 ACC), 3:00 P.M Eastern, ACCNE
Virginia was the odds on favorite to win the ACC Coastal before losing a crucial game to Pitt last week. Now the Cavaliers have a chance to bounce back against an easy opponent this week before playing two crucial conference games at the end of the season. It’s a chance to avoid a letdown and reset before the most important games of their season.
Root for Virginia in this game, the ACC can not afford the embarrassment of a conference team losing to a team as bad as Liberty.
Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2 ACC) at Pitt (5-4, 4-1 ACC), 3:30 P.M Eastern, ESPNU
Virginia Tech is yet another team that many expected to compete in the ACC this season that has repeatedly struggled. The Hokies have struggled with injuries and a tough schedule, but tough questions are being asked of Justin Fuente in Blacksburg. Meanwhile, Pitt has risen to becoming the likely winner of the ACC’s Coastal Division. They have played a lot of tough close games, and are better than their record.
Root for Virginia Tech in this game, a loss for Pitt could slightly help Miami’s chances at winning the Coastal Division, however unlikely that may be.
Miami (5-4, 2-3 ACC) at Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC), 7:00 P.M Eastern, ESPN2
Miami has had a disaster of a season, totally falling off a cliff after a road loss to Virginia. With the season essentially over and almost no hope left in the ACC, the Hurricanes will turn the starting job back over to N’Kosi Perry on Saturday. At this point the rest of the season for the Hurricanes is about trying to find a quarterback for the future and searching for solutions to problems that have plagued the team for the last two seasons. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets have steadily improved as the season has gone on, and Paul Johnson will look to win this weekend to keep his seat a little cooler in Atlanta.
Root for Miami in this game obviously, but what we should all really be rooting for is a good offensive performance, the Yellow Jackets do not have a very good defense, and I think everyone around the Hurricanes program is desperate for some scoring.
Florida State (4-5, 2-5 ACC) at No.3 Notre Dame (9-0), 7:30 P.M Eastern, NBC
Florida State has suffered from a disaster of a season. The Seminoles are in serious danger of their first below .500 season in what seems like an eternity, and things don’t get any easier this week. However, the ‘Noles have a little bit more hope with the knowledge that Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book will not take the field on Saturday. The Fighting Irish have a clear route to the College Football Playoff, all they have to do is win out.
Root for Notre Dame, even if they aren’t a fully-fledged member of the ACC in football, it still makes the conference look better if they make the College Football Playoff.
No.2 Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) at No.17 Boston College (7-2, 4-1 ACC), 8:00 P.M Eastern, ABC
This is Clemson’s last true hurdle in the ACC this season, and if the Tigers get past the Eagles it seems like they’ll almost surely be in the final four come December. However, the Eagles are a talented team, and they’ll have the strength of a rowdy home crowd for what may be the biggest home game in school history. College GameDay will be in Chestnut Hill to cover what appears to be the ACC Atlantic Division’s deciding game.
Root for Clemson in this game, if the Tigers don’t win the ACC will not have a team in the College Football Playoff this season, which would be a disaster for the conference.
That’s all for this week, the Hurricanes have very slim chances at a division title, and this season comes down to gaining experience for a new quarterback.