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What I learned from the ACC (Oct. 16)

Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:14 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

1.) Florida State is sitting in the driver's seat of the Atlantic Division - With Florida State holding off Boston College to hang on for a 24-19 win, the Seminoles increased their conference record to a league best 4-0.  The field continues to look more even by the week, and the Seminoles' four conference victories gives them a significant leg up on the other teams in the Atlantic Division.  The Seminoles' now get a week off to prepare for one of their biggest challenges in the division: a Thursday night showdown with N.C. State in Raleigh.  A win over the Wolfpack would put Florida State in prime position to make a run at their second appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

2.) Russell Wilson does have flaws, and they can be costly - Russell Wilson has been the lifeblood of the N.C. State offense for the last three seasons, and there is no reason to blame the Wolfpack's recent losses, but Wilson's last couple outings games have been oddly interception-heavy.  Wilson has thrown eight picks in the last three games, two of which have been N.C. State losses.  Wilson is one of the reasons that Tom O'Brien has been able to build the Wolfpack into ACC contenders, but his performance in the last couple weeks has not lived up to hype surrounding Wilson during most likely his last season with the Pack.
 
3.) North Carolina is quietly charging back into the contenders conversation - With all the troubles off the field, it has been difficult for North Carolina fans to focus on a bounce back that has made the Tar Heels relevant again in the ACC.  With double-digit players being held out, North Carolina dropped their first two games to LSU and Georgia Tech by six points apiece.  Since then, the Tar Heels have rattled off four straight wins to move into a tie for 3rd place in the ACC Coastal.  T.J. Yates has been playing some of his best football since his freshman year, throwing for eight touchdowns, 1,170 yards, and only throwing one interception so far in the 2010 season.  They still have the most challenging part of their season left, but considering all the absences the Tar Heels have made impressive strides to re-enter the national conversation.   

4.) Someone has to go to the Orange Bowl, but who? - Most teams are only a couple games into conference play, but with seven teams boasting one loss or less the race for the conference title is still wide open.  Florida State and Virginia Tech are clearly the leaders of each division, but one slip either division could be up for grabs.  As mentioned above, Florida State - N.C. State game on October 28 will go a long way to setting up the Atlantic Division.  Virginia Tech still has Georgia Tech at home, and away games against Miami and North Carolina keeping them from locking up the Coastal Division.  With more than half of the conference still in contention, every conference game left on the slate will carry weight in the chase for the 2010 ACC Championship.

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