Posted by Chip Patterson
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the ACC fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
Clemson got their first big scare of the season on Saturday, with Tajh Boyd leaving the game after falling awkwardly thanks to a hit from Boston College defensive end Max Holloway. Backup quarterback Cole Stoudt was able to enter the game and help the Tigers hold on to the win, and the good news is Boyd is expected to not miss much, if any, playing opportunities. The sophomore quarterback is a breakout star in Clemson's new offense, and having him in the game is key to the unit operating at full potential. If Boyd is able to compete at 100% after straining his hip, the Tigers' will be in a position to continue their quest for an ACC Atlantic Division title.
12/12. Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets looked shakier than usual against Maryland, but held on to a three score lead in the fourth quarter to win 21-16. Paul Johnson was cricital of his team's offense after the game, citing a lack of "continuity" as a reason for their struggles. The team looked out of rhythm, but leading the Coastal Division and sitting at 6-0 does wonders for maintaining your status in the polls. Georgia Tech will get healthier defensively heading into this week's game against Virginia, and we have all seen the potential of that offense when things are clicking.
19/17. Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech bounced back from their disappointing loss to Clemson in the conference opener with a trilling 38-35 shootout victory over Miami. For one game, the story of the Hokies' offense was not running back David Wilson. Tyrod Taylor was on the Hokie sideline, and with his mentor watching sedshirt sophomore Logan Thomas put together the most memorable game of his young career. Thomas completed 23 fo 25 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Most importantly, on 4th and 1 Thomas took the ball in his hands with intentions to dive for a first down with less than a minute remaining. When he looked ahead after faking the handoff to Wilson, there was a giant gap and Thomas ran 19 yards for the winning touchdown. "Enter Sandman" blared through Lane Stadium, and Virginia Tech was back on track.
Others receiving votes: North Carolina and Wake Forest both received some attention from the voters this week after picking up victories this weekend. The Tar Heels escaped with an ugly 14-7 victory over Louisville to improve to 5-1, while the Demon Deacons make their first splash near the Top 25 after knocking off Florida State 35-30. The Seminoles, ranked No. 23 last week and as high as No. 5 earlier in the season, did not receive any votes in either poll.
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