Sunday, November 15, 2009

ACC Roundup: Georgia Tech's In, Clemson Looks Like They Will Be Too

Georgia Tech wins the Coastal Division by romping over Duke 49-10. The Blue Devils jumped out to an early 10-0 lead scoring on their first drive and taking advantage of a bad punt snap from the Yellow Jackets.

I am sure Ga. Tech fans did not hit the panic button, but some SI jinx mindset might have slipped in after Paul Johnson’s offense was profiled in this past weeks issue.

This offense is not unstoppable, but you better have a really good defensive line and be able to tackle in space. Pressure from the line will render any offense incapable just like it would this one.

Miami was able to get that back in September and also caught the Jackets playing their third game in 13 days handing them their only loss of the season.

As to whom GT will play in the Championship Game is yet to be determined. Both Clemson and Boston College won on Saturday, but if the Tigers defeat Virginia at home next week they will be heading to Tampa.

Clemson jumped out early on NC State, but saw the Wolfpack creep back in before the Tigers blew the game open again in the fourth.

This is a different Clemson team this year and I fully expect them to take care of the business next week against Virginia. After some early season troubles, Dabo is proving Clemson made good hire for at least the short term and maybe the long term too.

Speaking of BC they needed a late drive to beat Virginia on the road and keep their title hopes alive. Behind closed doors though, I highly doubt the ACC office wants to see the Eagles in this game for a third straight year.

Do not put me in the camp of surprised spectators that North Carolina upset Miami. Something clicked in this UNC team a few weeks ago at Blacksburg and they have not looked back since.

QB TJ Yates is playing much better eliminating much of the poor decision-making that plagued him early on. And this defense is shaping into one of the nation’s best.

They put pressure on Miami’s Jacory Harris just like I thought they had to and forced four interceptions returning two for touchdowns.

Miami’s offensive line, a unit that played so well early in the season, is showing some wear. But I think more experience here and on the defensive side will lend the ‘Canes very well next year.

Is the end near for Ralph Friedgen at Maryland? The Fridge has already named his replacement and the big guy’s health is an ongoing concern. The 2-8 Terps look over matched on offense, which is very unusual for a Friedgen coached team.

And as right as I was about UNC, I was equally as wrong about E.J. Manual and the Seminoles this weekend. Manuel completed 15 of 20 passed for 200 yards as FSU broke a three game losing streak to Wake Forest.

The Seminoles are not going to let the NCAA’s longest bowl streak die easily.

And now some National thoughts…
Mack Brown knows exactly when to turn the volume up for his Texas Longhorns. They limped into the Oklahoma game, but won, and have blown their opponents out since.

TCU showed again why they deserve to be in the discussion for the BCS Championship if one of the top three falter. The Horned Frogs have blown through their MWC competition this year and have also beaten two BCS conference teams on the road.

I have not seen a USC team get dominated like that since the 90s. Stanford literally pushed the Trojans around up front, especially when the Cardinal had the ball.

I don’t know if recruiting has fallen off on both lines of scrimmage, but that should be priority number one for Pete Carroll in the offseason.

Second priority has to be sticking it to Jim Harbaugh and Stanford next year for going for two to give them 50 on the scoreboard when the game was clearly out of reach.

Ohio State clinches the Big 10 title. Too bad they aren’t even the best team in their own state.

And Michigan looks like they are not going to go bowling for the second straight season after their sixth Big 10 loss in a row.

I still think Rich Rodriguez will get it together next season and compete for the Big 10 title, but that is probably the minimum requirement to keep him around at this point.

Last Week: 11 – 1 Straight Up, 7-4-1 Against The Spread

My ACC & SEC Top 10

1. Florida
2. Alabama
3. Georgia Tech
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Virginia Tech
7. Miami
8. Tennessee
9. North Carolina
10. Boston College


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