There are three weeks left in the ACC season and as it stands right now, it looks like Miami and Clemson have the inside track to meet each other for the championship in December. Yes, there is plenty still to be determined, so let’s have at it and see what going on in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Miami’s win last Saturday night over Virginia Tech gives the Hurricanes a 12-game winning streak. It matches the longest streak in college football which belongs to the University of South Florida.The last time Miami had a win streak of ten or more was back in the 2003-04 season. The last 12-game win streak occurred back in 2002. This week, the Hurricanes welcome an old rival to town as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame comes calling. For both teams, a lot will be at stake since these teams still have their eyes on the college football playoffs.
Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Josh Jackson is having a terrific first season for the Hokies. He leads all freshman nationally in passing yards (1832), touchdown passes (16), and total offense per game (286.0). Jackson is also tied for the highest completion rate among freshman QBs at .642.
Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall recently went for 254 yards including two long touchdowns runs of 92 and 79 against Duke. It was the second highest run total of the season behind the 272 that Boston College freshman A.J. Dillon ran for on the road VS Louisville. Hall’s total was the 24th best effort of all time. The 4-5 Panthers will need Hall to be good again this week as they travel to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels. It is a must-win for Pittsburgh as they need two more wins to be bowl eligible.
Coming off a well-deserved bye week, the Boston College Eagles get back to work this week with their Senior Day home finale against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Eagles head into this game with a three-game win streak. It’s their first such stretch since 2013. One of the reasons for this is a ground attack that is getting great results for Head Coach Steve Addazio. Led by Freshman A.J Dillon and by an offensive line that has come together in recent weeks, the Eagles have their eyes set making it two straight years of bowling.
The future looks bright at BC, consider that the Eagles are the only team in the country to have a freshman lead them in passing (Anthony Brown), rushing (Dillon), and receiving (Kobay White), so yes, things are looking good at the Heights.
More proof that a turnaround is taking place at BC is their defense that leads the conference in interception with 13. They also rank fourth nationally in the category. They also rank eighth in the county in passing efficiency defense with a 99.7 rate.
Youth is being served at Florida State with mixed results so far as ten true freshmen, two redshirt freshman, and a JUCO transfer have all played this year for Jumbo Fisher. Their record of 3-5 and 3-4 in the league is a reflection of the young blood that is taking over the program. Fisher is staying patients with this group, hoping that the payoffs will come down the road.