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Sep
10
2011

ACC Week 2 awards. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Well it was mixed bag in week 2 for the ACC. Some teams look in mid-season form while some others still thought it was spring practice.  Let’s get right to the awards for Week 2.

The Good

Stats of the Week

Virginia Tech’s offense struggled all game with a porous East Carolina defense. Good thing the Hokie’s defense played an outstanding game against an ECU offense that can score some points. The Pirates were held to just 112 yards of total offense. It was another impressive day for Bud Foster’s bunch.

North Carolina’s defense gave up 1 yard of rushing to Rutgers. That’s absurd 1 yard!

Sammy Watkins isn’t the only star freshman receiver award

Florida State’s Rashard Greene has 126 yards and 3 TDs receiving in 2 games as Seminole. The future looks bright for that young player.

Shut’m down

The Seminoles have allowed 10 points… in 2 games this year. It was Louisiana Monroe and Charleston Southern but 10 points is 10 points.

Better Than I thought through 2 games

Wake Forest – If Tanner Price is healthy this is a very dangerous team, just ask NC State. The Wolfpack went to Winston Salem and lost 34-27. The Deacs had over 400 yards of offense today. If Price doesn’t get hurt late against Syracuse, Wake Forest would be 2-0. They could be a bowl team.

Georgia Tech – With so many teams struggling with FCS and low division 1 programs, the Jackets are looking as balanced as they ever have under Paul Johnson. In both of their games they went up 28-0 and cruised. The Yellow Jackets suddenly look like they can be factor in the ACC Coastal. QB Tevin Washington looks very comfortable throwing the ball.

Virginia – The Cavaliers are at a point in their rebuilding where any win is good. They came up 34-31 win at Big 10 team Indiana. The goal is a bowl game, and 2-0 start is exactly what they needed.

BCS Conference Wins Finally!

North Carolina came up with 24-22 win over the Rutgers of the Big East. It was the ACC’s first win over a BCS conference team in 2011. Later in the day as we’ve already mentioned Virginia beat Indiana.

The Bad

Play like that again next week and you’ll lose by 21

There is no way to sugar coat this result, Clemson 35 Wofford 27. Are you kidding me? FCS school Wofford had 272 yards on the ground and had the Tigers on the ropes until the final moments. Auburn’s defense is shaky but the offense can light you up. Clemson’s defense has played without urgency or energy most of these first two games. If the Tigers don’t take some major steps on defense they’ll get run out of their own stadium by Auburn next week.

Can I have some offense?

If Virginia Tech is going to make a legitimate run at a National Title Game, they better find some offense. That was not a good East Carolina defense that held the Hokies to 332 yards of total offense and just 91 through the air. Logan Thomas was only 8 for 20 passing. The Hokies have a light schedule, but they will be upset sooner of later with that kind of offense.

The Ugly

I don’t want it you keep it

North Carolina dominated Rutgers statistically, but had 5 turnovers that kept the Scarlet Knights in it. Quarterback Bryn Renner threw 3 interceptions. North Carolina is as hard to read as any team in the ACC. I just can’t tell how good the Heels are.

The season couldn’t have started worse.

Who is the ACC’s most disappointing team? Boston College. Duke is 0-2 after a 30 point loss to Stanford, but you know that’s Duke. BC had an embarrassing 30-3 loss and Central Florida. UCF is a nice team, but they shouldn’t be 27 points better than Boston College. The season is spiraling out of control. The defense isn’t as good as expected, and the offense is non-existent. Star RB Montel Harris hasn’t even played yet due to injury.


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