2009 CFN ACC Week 6 Roundup

Posted Oct 11, 2009

ACC 2009 Week Six Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings

2009 ACC ... Week 6

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  Conf. Overall
W. Forest 2 1 5 1
Boston Coll 2 2 4 2
Maryland 1 1 2 4
Clemson 1 2 2 3
NC State 0 2 3 3
Florida St 0 3 2 4
  Conf. Overall
Va Tech 3 0 5 1
Virginia 1 0 2 3
Ga Tech 3 1 5 1
Miami 2 1 5 1
Duke 1 1 3 3
UNC 0 2 4 2
Players of the Week
10/10 Thad Lewis, QB Duke
10/3 Riley Skinner, QB WF
9/26 Russell Wilson, QB NC St
9/19 Jacory Harris, QB Miami
9/13 Derrick Morgan, DE GT
9/5 Jacory Harris, QB Miami

Games of the Week
10/10 GT 49, FSU 44
10/3 Miami 21, OU 20
9/26 BC 27, WF 24 OT
9/19 VT 16, Neb. 15
9/13 GT 30, Clemson 27
9/5 Miami 38, FSU 34


at Virginia Tech 48
Boston College 14
- Boston College gets shut down by the Hokies 
- Virginia Tech blows through BC in a laugher 

CFN Pick: Virginia Tech 28-13
Line: Virginia Tech -13.5

Duke 49
at NC State 28
- Duke's Lewis throws 5 TDs in win over Pack 
- NC State gets ripped up by the Blue Devils 

CFN Pick: NC State 34-20
Line: NC State -15.5

Georgia Tech 49
at Florida State 44
- Georgia Tech runs wild over Noles 
- Florida State's Ponder is amazing in loss 

CFN Pick: Georgia Tech 28-23
Line: FSU -2.5

at Wake Forest 42
Maryland 32
- Wake Forest's Skinner is brilliant vs. Terps 
- Maryland's D stinks in loss to Demon Deacons 

CFN Pick: Wake Forest 33-19
Line: Wake Forest -11

at Miami 48
Florida A&M 16
Miami sleepwalks through win over Florida A&M 

CFN Pick: Miami 42-13
Line: No Line

at North Carolina 42
Georgia Southern 12
North Carolina O continues to sputter in win 

CFN Pick: North Carolina 31-3
Line: No Line

at Virginia 47
Indiana 7
Virginia rips apart IU in shocking blowout 

CFN Pick: Virginia 19-16
Line: Virginia -7

at Florida State 49 … Georgia Tech 44

In a wild shootout, Florida State blinked as the defense couldn't handle Josh Nesbitt and the Georgia Tech wishbone. The Yellow Jackets ran for 401 yards with Jonathan Dwyer tearing off a 69-yard touchdown dash, to go along with a two-yard touchdown run, and Nesbitt connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 73-yard scoring play. But Florida State kept up the pace with a brilliant day from Christian Ponder, who threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers, but the offense sputtered in the second half failing to get into the end zone until 4:14 to play on a 13-yard Rod Owens grabs. But the Yellow Jackets, down five, were able to hold. The two teams combined for 1,071 yards of total offense.

Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis completed 40-of-50 passes for 459 yards and five scores, and he ran for a score in the win over NC State.


Boston College
… at Virginia Tech 48 ... Boston College 14 ... BC ran into a Virginia Tech buzzsaw. As poor as the Eagles are on offense, there are going to be some games here and there when there's just no hope. A week after Dave Shinskie appeared to be the answer at quarterback, and he still might be, he was hopeless overmatched as he never had time to work and couldn't find an open target. The defense needed to pick up the slack, and in the second quarter, it couldn't. With NC State up next, the offense will have to get it in gear; the Wolfpack will be slinging it a bit after an ugly loss to Duke.

… Didn't Play This Week

… Duke 49 .... at NC State  28 ...  Is there anyone playing better than Thaddeus Lewis at the moment? He carved up two very, very good defenses over the last two weeks in Virginia Tech and NC State throwing for 818 yards and seven touchdowns with no picks and a rushing score. He threw two interceptions against Kansas, but that's been it for the picks. He has taken to the David Cutcliffe offense and has it humming, and now there has to be a real, honest hope that Duke could get to a bowl game. If Duke can hang with Virginia Tech and beat NC State, it can thump Maryland in two weeks.  

Florida State
… Georgia Tech 49 ... at Florida State 44 ... Florida State came out and played an inspired effort for its beleaguered head coach … on offense. The defense has been a disaster at times this year, and it didn't have a prayer of slowing down the Georgia Tech attack. Simply put, the Noles couldn't figure it out. At 2-4 and on a three game losing streak, the heat will be turned up several notches on Bobby Bowden, but with the way Christian Ponder is playing, there's a chance to turn things around in a big hurry even with three road games in the next four. Unfortunately, though, there are 12 days until a Thursday night game at North Carolina. There will be a lot of grumblings about Bowden's future until then.

Georgia Tech
… Georgia Tech 49 ... at Florida State 44 ... Alright, Georgia Tech. You have the offense working again after sputtering against Clemson and Miami early on, but now you have to prove you can rumble against a big-time defense. If the Yellow Jackets can rumble against Virginia Tech and get the win, then all of a sudden it's ACC title talk time because there isn't anyone else on the slate, at least in the ACC, that has a prayer of stopping the ground game. QB Josh Nesbitt was brilliant against FSU, running the offense to perfection, but the defense had a nightmare of a time with Christian Ponder and the passing game. On the plus side, there aren't any high octane passers left on the schedule, unless you count Wake Forest's Riley Skinner and Duke's Thaddeus Lewis.

… at Wake Forest 42 ... Maryland 32 ... Maryland can't tackle. The Terps didn't have anything planned for a Wake Forest attack that picked apart the defense with midrange throw after midrange throw. The Terps are getting decent pressure, but the secondary isn't wrapping up after allowing the pass. The O line has to do a far better job and has to finally get the middling ground game rolling. This was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule coming up, but Virginia and Duke are playing far better than Maryland is at the moment, and it's going to take more firepower and more big plays on defense (more takeaways) to pull off wins.

… at Miami 48 ... Florida A&M 16 ... It might not have been the smoothest of performances, but Miami used this game like you're supposed to use a game against Florida A&M and seemed to treat it like an advanced scrimmage. Jacory Harris threw two interceptions, but the bench emptied early and several young players got some good work in. The Canes can't just show up and hope for the best against UCF, it'll actually have to play a little bit, but if the focus is back, no one on the schedule should be able to come within two touchdowns of them. However, this is still a young team and it's not going to have its total concentration week after week. The nice thing for a team this athletic and talented is that it might not matter.

North Carolina
… at North Carolina 42 ... Georgia Southern 12 ... The offense continues to be stunningly mediocre. Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston were able to come up with nice games on the ground, but if the Tar Heels struggle against Georgia Southern, where's the production going to come from against the meat of the ACC schedule? There's no downfield passing as the coaching staff appears to be relying on the defense and running game to try to win. Against Florida State, who despite all the problems is playing well offensively, the Tar Heels will have to find something that works. They're currently last in the ACC in yards and scoring, and are 102nd in the nation in both rushing and passing.

NC State
… Duke 49 .... at NC State  28 ... Where did NC State's defense go? It does a decent job of preventing yards and the run defense is the best in the ACC, but the points are coming in bunches, allowing 110 points over the last three weeks. All of a sudden, Duke's Thaddeus Lewis is Sam Bradford, and while he has been able to put up some big numbers in the past, he was unstoppable against a Pack defense that didn't appear to be focused. Russell Wilson and the State offense didn't pick up the pace in the second half, and with four turnovers and just 19:36 of possession, this was one to throw away. Fortunately, Boston College is up next. There's no worry about getting burned for 459 passing yards and five touchdowns next week.

… at Virginia 47 ... Indiana 7 ...  Where was this team three weeks ago? It's not like Indiana is Alabama, but Virginia's offense was able to do whatever it wanted to early on, while the defense stuffed the Hoosiers and forced them to get out of their comfort zone throwing it. The offensive line came up with its best game of the year, and now with Maryland up next, there's a chance to go on a three-game winning streak and be right back in the hunt for a bowl game, and possibly more. As bad as the season was to start, Virginia is still 1-0 in ACC play.

Virginia Tech
… at Virginia Tech 48 ... Boston College 14 ... Boston College isn't awful. It came up with a whale of a game to beat an athletic Florida State team last week, and Virginia Tech came out and obliterated the Eagles. The Hokie defense was unbelievable, holding BC to just 1-of-13 on third down conversions, while the offense was almost perfectly balanced with Tyrod Taylor once again showing how he's becoming more than just a runner. And now comes the real fun with Georgia Tech and its option. The Hokie defensive front had better be rested and ready for the trip to Atlantic, and it's unfortunate that the bye week comes after the game; the team could use an extra week to prepare.

Wake Forest
… at Wake Forest 42 .... Maryland 32 ... Riley Skinner is playing like an ACC Player of the Year candidate throwing for 354 yards, 361 yards, and 360 yards and nine touchdowns in his last three games. All of a sudden, this is Wake Forest's Atlantic Division to lose, and if Skinner continues to play at such a high level, there's no one in the division that can stop the attack. However, there are still games with Miami and Georgia Tech coming down the line, but first, beating Clemson next week and taking a stranglehold on the division race is a must. There needs to be more of a pass rush and the secondary has to be more consistent, but the team is playing extremely well.

Saturday, October 17
NC State at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Maryland
Miami at UCF

Thursday, October 22
Florida State at North Carolina, ESPN

Saturday, October 24
Boston College at Notre Dame
Clemson at Miami
Maryland at Duke
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Wake Forest at Navy

Thursday, October 29
North Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN

Saturday, October 31
Central Michigan at Boston College
Coastal Carolina at Clemson
Duke at Virginia
NC State at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt
Miami at Wake Forest

Thursday, November 5
Virginia Tech at East Carolina, ESPN

Saturday, November 7
Florida State at Clemson
Duke at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
Maryland at NC State
Virginia at Miami

Saturday, November 14
Boston College at Virginia
Clemson at NC State
Georgia Tech at Duke
Florida State at Wake Forest
Virginia Tech at Maryland
Miami at North Carolina

Saturday, November 21
North Carolina at Boston College
Virginia at Clemson
Duke at Miami
Maryland at Florida State
NC State at Virginia Tech

Saturday, November 28
Boston College at Maryland
Clemson at South Carolina
Wake Forest at Duke
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Miami at South Florida
North Carolina at NC State
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Saturday, December 5
Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game, Tampa, Fla., ABC