About ACC: Week 13
Florida State needs one more win to qualify for the championship, and the ‘Noles’ will have the opportunity to do so in Gainesville against Team Florida in the exact same position. Meanwhile, the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has been solidified into one division, but the other is still up for grabs. Pittsburgh has directed its bid to Charlotte at the coast, but the Atlantic will be set this weekend between Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest.
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I’ve touched on every game and scenarios of Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest.
#10 Wake Forest (9-2) vs Boston College (6-5) – Saturday, Noon
Wake Forest lost their thirteenth game in a row against Clemson in a November 48-27 loss. For deacons to win the ACC Championship berth, they simply have to win.
After Florida State lost 26-3 in the second half, the Eagles came back in the second half against Knowles but fell 26-23. Quarterback Phil Jorkowicz threw for 148 yards on 10 of 24 passes. Score two goals (one pass, one lunge).
Cross Sections / Non-Conference:
#20 North Carolina State (8-3) vs. North Carolina (6-5) – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Wolfpack out of a 41-17 win over Syracuse last Saturday. Although they fell to Wake Forest 45-42 November 13, NC State has a chance of reaching the ACC Championship by winning and losing Wake Forest. Wolfpack has not attended the ACC Championship since its inception in 2005.
Sam Howell (2,704 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions) returns to North Carolina after missing last week’s 34-14 win against Wofford. With the 2022 NFL Championship looming, this could be Howell’s last game in the Tar Heel outfit.
The Tar Heels won 48-21 in 2020.
Georgia Tech (3-8) vs #1 Georgia (11-0) – Saturday, Noon
Like much of the country, the Yellow Vests will be outdone at every position on the field against Bulldogs. Georgia Tech closed 55-0 to #8 Notre Dame last week, and this week could very much be the same.
Georgia’s defense has been touted as a great defense all along, and for good reason. They allow 7.5 points per game and have multiple talents in the first round, including defensive tackle Jordan Davis.
Georgia Tech hasn’t won this competition since 2016.
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Syracuse (5-6) vs #18 Pittsburgh (9-2) – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
After losing 41-17 to North Carolina State, Team Orange must win the final regular season game to qualify for the tournament.
The Panthers clinched the coastal division for the first time since 2018 with a 48-38 win over Virginia. Pittsburgh may rest their starts with the ACC Championship on the horizon, but they may also push for a 10-win season and play the rookies.
Kentucky (8-3) vs. Louisville (6-5) – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Kentucky won two games in a row, including a 56-16 loss to New Mexico State. With so many key coaching positions open, this could be coach Mark Stubbs’ last game, a common name in coaching circles.
Louisville beat Duke 62-22 last week to claim their sixth win and qualify for the tournament.
These competitors had not met a year ago due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kentucky won 45-13 in 2019.
South Carolina (6-5) vs. Clemson (8-3) – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Although not pretty, Clemson is on the cusp of nine wins. In fact, the Tigers still have a chance at the seventh consecutive ACC Championship. Clemson needs to win and has losses from both Wake Forest and NC State.
Duke (3-8) vs Miami (6-5) – Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Duke allows 51.4 points per game in the last five games. If the Blue Devils lose, they will end up with a losing record in the conference.
Miami clinched championship eligibility with a 38-26 victory over Virginia Tech last Saturday. Head coach Manny Diaz could coach his last game for the Hurricanes, as fans seem to have moved on hoping for Mario Cristobal to leave Oregon or Lynn Kevin to ditch Ole Miss.
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Virginia (6-5) vs Virginia Tech (5-6) – Saturday, 3:45 p.m.
After a 6-2 start, injuries and poor defensive performance steered the Cavaliers into a three-game losing streak. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong came back from injury and threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns against Pittsburgh.
Hockey put their name into the main training ring after Justin Fuente was fired last week. Virginia Tech will try to repeat their success from last season, where they defeated the Cavaliers 33-15. It is a must if hockey wants to play bowling.