ACC Nation Rewind
By Jim Quist @ACCTheQ
It’s the opening week of ACC football and ACC Nation Rewind will provide the highlights from the games. The games so far have let us know that some teams aren’t who we thought they were, others more so.
After Saturday, many questions are now on the table. The ACC still has two games left on the Labor Day weekend schedule. Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will fill in some of the remaining answers regarding the conference.
Our discussion on ACC Nation Podcast will be more than a little interesting this week. Is it too early to bring up coaches on, at the very least, a warm seat? Welcome to Power 5 football. The extended schedule will push this week’s episode to Tuesday. Be to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the episodes.
The ACC season kicked off on Thursday as Wake Forest hosted Presbyterian. The Blue Hose were a good team for the Demon Deacons to open play with, if just to work out some kinks. The performance instilled some important confidence into Dave Clawson’s team.
ACC Nation Rewind – Wake Forest
The ACC Friday night lights action got underway with Syracuse hosting Central Connecticut State. The Blue Devils presented the Orange with a good tune up.
ACC Nation Rewind – Syracuse
The second half of ACC Friday night lights action took Boston College out to Northern Illinois University. The Huskies always bring their best game especially when in front of a home crowd. The Eagles faced a stout opponent who were determined not to let this game get away from them.
ACC Nation Rewind – Boston College
The Saturday schedule opened with Clemson entertaining Kent State in Death Valley. Aside from the monetary gain of playing last year’s national champions, the Golden Flashes probably regretted taking the field with the Tigers.
ACC Nation Rewind – Clemson
North Carolina played host to California with disappointing results where it counted most, the final score. The Tar Heels, even with numerous holes to fill on the roster, still showed flashes of promise.
ACC Nation Rewind – North Carolina
Miami played host to Bethune-Cookman at an upgraded Hard Rock Cafe Stadium. The Hurricane got off to a slow start and adjusted as needed to push past the Wildcats.
ACC Nation Rewind – Miami
The football schedule wouldn’t be complete without a nail biter between an FBS and an FCS team. Pitt played host to Youngstown State, a team ranked #8 in the FCS. The Penguins exposed what was a weakness last season for Pitt, the defensive secondary.
ACC Nation Rewind – Pitt
NC State met up with South Carolina in the Battle of the Carolina’s at the Belk Kickoff Game in Charlotte. The Wolfpack have skill, experience and depth on paper. The Gamecocks put all of it to the test and came out on top in a disappointing start for Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack.
ACC Nation Rewind – NC State
Virginia feels the corner being turned as they hosted the William & Mary Tribe in Charlottesville. Bronco Mendenhall’s Cavaliers put together a focused effort to come up with a win. It was the confidence booster that the team and fans needed to start off the season.
ACC Nation Rewind – Virginia
Duke opened up their season with NC Central. It proved to be a good place to start for the Blue Devils. David Cutcliffe’s team found their pace on offense but still need work on the defensive side of the ball.
ACC Nation Rewind – Duke
Louisville traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Purdue. The Boilermakers decided on delivering a message to Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals. Purdue challenged Louisville until late in the game when key defensive plays made the difference.
ACC Nation Rewind – Louisville
Florida State and Alabama went head to head in Atlanta and put on a show. Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles gave as good as it got on both sides of the ball. The difference maker was numerous missteps by Florida State’s Special Teams. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending patella tendon injury in his left knee and is scheduled to have surgery as early as Tuesday.