Thursday, October 27, 2016

Your Weekly ACC Football Roundup: Week 8 (Is More Than Enough)

Short schedule in the conference for week 8 means a short writeup.

Don't look now, but the 'Cuse is 2 wins away from being bowl eligible.
Playing BC, whose last win the ACC apparently came with Tom Coughlin as coach, helps with that, but even so, it's a lot closer than a lot of people thought they might get. Now, pulling two wins out of a final stretch with Clemson, NCSU, Florida State and Pitt is probably not going to happen, but what the hell. They've already shocked the world once. As for BC, what happened to the BC I knew? The one that could recruit massive offensive linemen, classic pocket passers and freak linebackers on seek-and-destroy missions? It wasn't that long ago that they could at least move the pile a few yards in the right direction. Nowadays, not so much. Coach Steve Addazio's going to be back next year even if his boss might not be, but I read that less as a vote of confidence than as the shrugged shoulders of a school that's really not in position to pay two football coaches simultaneously.

In other news, Louisville woke up long enough to put an end to all the talk about how NCSU was finally turning the corner. This, like the Hurricanes almost making the playoffs, is an annual occurrence in Raleigh, and it always ends the same way: at a minor bowl named after some sort of automotive parts distributor or chain restaurant that no one's ever heard of.

Miami's brief flash of relevance has been firmly stomped on by Virginia Tech. You can lump them in with Pitt and NCSU as the almost men of the ACC, the football equivalent of late-period Kansas touring state fairs. And in the least surprising result of the day, UNC beat Virginia. There's nothing worth saying about that. You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. Everyone knew it was coming. And now it's happened, and we can feel is a sort of guilty relief that it's finally over and different, better games are coming.
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