This ACC football season has been quite the ride. The temptation of believing your team was all that and then having the rug pulled out has led to one thing. Fans calling for the hides of head coaches, either rightly or wrongly. In most cases, there’s just a lot of noise. In other cases, like Willie Taggart, the perfect storm cleared the books at Florida State. There’s one more week to make good and not end the season with a dull thud. Yes, plenty of opportunity but will it happen? Will there, ultimately, be more cleansing among the ranks?
That question may well be answered in short order but it’s a story for another day. The fits and starts of the season have been reflected in the polling numbers. We’ve slowly seen a clearing and perhaps, a bit of settling in among the top tier teams. Some of that will change after this weekend.
Among the mid to lower tier there has been a constant churn. It’s somewhat similar to when your Uncle prepared the Turkey and said that pink meat on the leg was okay to eat. It’s not, don’t and please, what can we take to make it settle down? Sorry, you’ll have to wait until the weekend for it to move on.
Some of the key movers this week include Virginia Tech who slides into No. 4 behind Virginia. The Hokies and Cavaliers face off on Friday for the Coastal Division title as part of the Commonwealth Cup rivalry. Andy Bitter of The Athletic and Jerry Ratcliffe of JerryRatcliffe.com stopped by ACC Nation Podcast to talk about the two teams.
North Carolina moves up into a tie with Pitt at No. 6 while Florida State nudges past Miami to take No. 9. Duke gets a slight bump and is in a tie with Boston College at No. 11. Georgia Tech eases out of the cellar for the second time this year into a tie with NC State at No. 13.
Wake Forest gets bumped out of the No. 4 spot from last week where they were tied with Pitt. Both teams took a hit because of the Hokies win over the Panthers.
Miami? This team is exhibit A for ‘fits and starts’. Canes fans and even some bloggers have over-reacted by calling for the head of Manny Diaz. Should you learn to demonstrate patience it will be paid off but until then showing signs of rabies is unbecoming even though we’ve come to expect it.
Finally, Syracuse, where there has been a slow-roll to a dull thud. Much like Miami, you know the talent is there and sometimes you see it. Putting it together for consecutive weeks has been a daunting task. Should the Orange lose this week they may well challenge Georgia Tech for bottom spot in the poll.
Clemson and Notre Dame have ridden the wave at the top of the ACC Nation Power Poll this year. Clemson heads into a rivalry game with South Carolina in Columbia that shouldn’t be taken lightly. A strong showing out of the gate for the Tigers, plus a big win, will put frosting on the regular season cake for Dabo and company. From there it’s on to meet the winner of the Coastal Division title in Charlotte.
Notre Dame gets to polish off their season with a game on the road at Stanford. There have been some bumps in the road for the Irish this year. That seems to be the standard now and probably will remain so under Brian Kelly. The big question for Notre Dame is, is this level of good, good enough? This article from Slap The Sign should answer some of those questions.