College football is now in full swing and the ACC is set to begin its third weekend of play with a mix of conference and non-conference action. The league has been pretty solid in the first two weeks of non-conference play at15-5 over the first two weeks, and 11-1 last week. Of the five losses, three of them have been to teams ranked in the Top 10. Ten teams will enter this weekend unbeaten. Seven are either ranked or are receiving votes in at least one Top 25 poll. The ranked teams are #1 Clemson and #25 Virginia. Getting votes are Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Syracuse. For the Cavaliers, this marks the second year in a row that the team has been ranked in the Top 25.
The Clemson Tigers have won 17 straight games which tie for the second-longest streak in ACC history with Florida State in 1999-2000, and Clemson themselves in 2014-15. The longest streak belongs to the Seminoles who won 29 straight games back in 2012-14. Clemson is also getting it done vs ranked teams with a 19-2 record over the past five seasons.
North Carolina and Wake Forest are both 2-0 to begin the year. The start for both schools is getting them some attention in the Top 25 polls. For the Deacons, they are looking to get to 3-0 for the second time in the last three years. For the Tar Heels under head coach Mack Brown, they are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
It will be the 100th meeting this Saturday between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Panthers are trying to stop a two-game slide at the hands of Penn State and are trying to win for the first time in Happy Valley since 1988.
Boston College will be playing under the lights at Alumni Stadium when they host Kansas on Friday night. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. It is the first of a two-game series with the teams meeting in Kansas next season. The Eagles are 22-28-1 all-time against the Big 12 and have started 2-0 under head coach Steve Addazio for the second straight season, fourth time overall. Their victory last Saturday vs Richmond was the 27th consecutive victory over an FCS foe.
Your ACC players of the week are as follows: On Offense, Sam Harris is the Quarterback of the Week and for the second straight week, the Rookie of the Week. Cam Akers of Florida State is the Running Back of the Week. There are Co-Offensive Lineman of the week IN John Phillips of BC and John Simpson of Clemson. Scotty Washington of Wake Forest is the wideout of the Week. Washington set A career-high in both yards with 158 and touchdowns with two. This is the second week in a row a Wake Forest wideout has been named to the weekly award.
On defense, Tomon Fox of North Carolina is Defensive Lineman of the Week and Charlie Harris of Georgia Tech is Linebacker of the Week. Clemson Strong Safety K’Von Wallace is Defensive Back of the Week. Joe Reed of Virginia is the Kick Returner of the Week.
Next week, we will be back with more news from the Atlantic Coast Conference as we begin the journey toward the championship game in December.
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