As the first month of the college football season comes to an end, one thing is for sure, the Atlantic Coast Conference has established itself as a league that is deep and strong with good teams. The league still has five of its members ranked in the AP Top 25. In the USA Today/Amway Top 25 coaches poll, there are six members in that group with Boston College and Virginia getting votes toward being added to the poll. It’s safe to say that the first month has been very good for the ACC.
The Clemson Tigers (1-0, 2-0 overall), keep winning and because they do, they are putting themselves in some pretty good company when it comes to all-time winning streaks in college football. Heading into their game with Virginia on Saturday, the Tigers are tied with Oklahoma for the most consecutive wins on Saturdays with 45. The Sooners first did this back in 1953-57. The Tigers already hold the mark for most consecutive wins in league play at 31. The last regular-season loss by Clemson took place at Syracuse back in 2017.
Another team that is riding a winning streak is Notre Dame. The Irish (1-0, 2-0 overall), who has this weekend off after last Saturday game vs Wake Forest was moved because of the virus, owns the nation’s second-longest win streak at eight. They started this stretch of winning last year and it has continued into this season. Three other ACC schools have win streaks alive as North Carolina and Pittsburgh have won four in a row, and Miami has three wins in a row.
Miami (2-0, 3-0 overall) reached three wins in a row after last Saturday’s beat down of Florida State at home. Hurricanes QB D’eriq King had another strong performance in the victory. King was 20-of-40 for 267 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 65 yards. Meanwhile, the defense had a big night as well sacking Seminoles quarterbacks six times and forced three turnovers. The 52-10 win was a statement game for sure as it took place before a national T.V. audience. A bigger question is, what is happening in Tallahassee? The Seminoles are off to an 0-2 start. Not something that the fan base is used to, or interested in accepting. They do get a good chance to get win number one as they will play host to Jacksonville State in non-conference action.
North Carolina (1-0, 1-0 overall), who is #12 in the rankings, will get back to work for the first time since September 12 when they make a rare trip to Chestnut Hill to play Boston College (1-0, 2-0 overall). The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start after escaping with a 24-21 win over Texas State in their only non-conference game of the year. BC was trailing by seven with four and a half minutes left in the game before rallying to score ten points late in the fourth quarter to get the win. The Tar Heels are making just their second trip to Boston College. North Carolina is 4-0 in conference play vs the Eagles.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have gotten off to a great start at 2-0 and 3-0 overall and their defense is a big reason why. The # 24 Panthers have the second-ranked unit in total defense, second in rush defense, second in rush offense, and pass defense efficiency. The Panthers will play host to North Carolina State (1-1, 1-1 overall) on Saturday.
Next week, we will be back with more from the Atlantic Coast Conference.