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ACC Round-Up: Week 6

This past week was an interesting one in the ACC. From a major upset in Tallahassee, to a dog fight in South Bend, the results from last weekend helped align who’s who in conference play. We look at Week 6 in this ACC Round-Up and talk about what we can expect Saturday.

Last weekend was interesting for the ACC. Clemson showed just how deep they are in a 66 point drubbing of Georgia Tech, FSU dominated North Carolina in the first half before holding on for a thrilling 31-28 win, and Liberty went into Syracuse, as the favorites, and covered the spread against the Orange 38-21.

ACC Players of the Week:

  • Quarterback – Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
  • Running Back – Kenneth Walker (Wake Forest)
  • Wide Receiver – Amari Rodgers (Cemson)
  • Offensive Line – Ikem Ekwonn (N.C. State) and Doug Nester (Virginia Tech)
  • Defensive Line – Quincy Roche (Miami)
  • Defensive Back – Chamarri Conner (Virginia Tech)
  • Specialist – Lou Hedley (Miami)
  • Rookie – Kyren Williams (Notre Dame)

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Let’s take a look at this week’s action. 

  • Syracuse @ #1 Clemson – The Orange enter this contest as a 46 point underdog coming off of the loss to Liberty. Head coach Dino Babers said earlier this week he’s currently playing with less than 60 scholarship players. Hard times right now at Syracuse as they face Trevor Lawrence and the high-flying Tigers.
  • #23 N.C. State @ #14 North Carolina – This is just the third time both teams come into this rivalry ranked. N.C. State continues to play well despite the injury to starting quarterback Devin Leary, and North Carolina is looking to bounce back after their loss to FSU. Last year this wasn’t a close game as the Tar Heels won by 31 points. Despite being ranked the Wolfpack come in as a 17 point underdog.
  • FSU @ Louisville – FSU showed signs of life defensively for the first time in their win versus North Carolina. While there are things to clean up, FSU continues to improve each week. This is a pivotal game for the Seminoles as they continue to show maturation. Louisville had by far their best defensive performance of the season holding Notre Dame to 12 points. Can they replicate that performance? FSU will need to bring the same energy and focus as the Cardinals offense can put up points in a hurry.
  • #3 Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh – This game will be determined by Notre Dame’s ability to rush the ball versus Pitt’s defense. Despite having Ian Book back the Irish have relied heavily on their running game. Kyren Williams continues his stellar season and is one of the breakout players in the ACC. Pitt fought hard against Miami despite Kenny Pickett being out. If he’s out again it could be a long day for the Panthers. 
  • #19 Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest – VT keeps playing well despite all of the distractions with COVID. They handily beat a Boston College team that had been performing way above expectations, led by Chammari Conner and the Hokie defense. Wake has been able to score the ball very well this year. Kenneth Walker had his third straight 100 yard game, and Sam Hartman was able to push the ball downfield last week. This should be a shoot out in Winston-Salem.
  • Georgia Tech @ Boston College – If Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec plays well this will be another hard game for the Yellow Jacket defense. Any team that has been able to throw well as simply put it on GT. GT has been opportunistic with turnovers which has helped Jeff Sims and their offense. While Jurkovec threw for 345 yards last week, he had two costly interceptions.
  • Virginia @ #11 Miami – Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong is currently in the concussion protocol, which is a tough blow to an offense that hasn’t been able to consistently perform like the past few seasons. The Cavs are in danger of suffering its third straight blowout loss in Miami. D’Eriq King was pedestrian against a tough Pitt defense, so look for him to be aggressive as he looks to get back on track.

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