ACC Football News & Notes

The final month of the ACC football conference season is here and it should be an excellent finish to what has been an entertaining year. Here is a look at what is in store this weekend.

The game of the weekend will take place on Saturday night at Chestnut Hill when the Clemson Tigers, ranked #2 in the country, take on the #17 ranked Boston College Eagles. This is for first place in the Atlantic Division. A win by the Tigers would give them their sixth title, five of them outright, and would send the Clemson Tigers to the ACC Championship game on December 1.

A win by the Eagles would create a tie between the two schools with two weekends left on the schedule. The importance of this matchup has ESPN sending its Gameday crew to BC for their Saturday morning show. The game itself will get primetime exposure on Saturday night.

Clemson’s offense has been on a roll lately. Over its last three consecutive road games, at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Florida State, the Tigers have scored 171 points. That total is the most in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

The ACC and the Southeastern Conference meet up in head to head games every season. These games are called rivalry matchups.  Over the last four years, the ACC has had the better of these contests going 13-3 in those games, including 3-1 in 2017. All three wins have come on the road. The matchups are Florida vs Florida State, Clemson vs South Carolina, Georgia Tech vs Georgia, and Louisville vs Kentucky.

James Blackmon, a senior quarterback at Florida State, is this week’s QB of the week. In last Saturday’s loss to #21 North Carolina State, Blackmon set career highs in completion with 29, yards with 421, and touchdowns with four. Prior to this outing, Blackmon had thrown just five touchdown passes all season.

The running back of the week was a not in doubt. Pittsburgh’s senior runner Darrius Hall ran behind an offensive line that was opening up huge holes all night long. He ran for 229 yards on just 19 carries (a 12.1 avg.) and three touchdowns in the Panthers big win on the road at #24 Virginia.  The touchdown runs were of 41, 2, and 75 yards. The victory puts Pittsburgh in first place in the Coastal Division and was the first road win over a ranked team since beating Clemson back in 2016.

For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech quarterback Tobias Oliver is named Rookie of the week. Coming off the bench, Oliver accounted for 224 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets victory at North Carolina. Oliver ran for 120 yards on 28 carries while completing two passes for 104 yards on just two attempts. One of those completions went for a touchdown.

The defensive lineman of the week was also from Georgia Tech. Anree Saint-Amour a senior DE, set career highs in tackles with nine, one for a loss, three QB hurries, and a game-clinching interception that closed the door on any comeback hopes the Tar Heels might have envisioned last Saturday.

There is lots to look forward to this weekend, so enjoy what should be a great weekend of college football in the ACC.

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