Your ACC blogger was busy starting a new gig in Southern California last week, so here's a recap of the conference's week 10 action in lieu of the normal preview.
No. 3 Florida State 41, No. 7 Miami 14 - How much this win will help the Seminoles with the BCS computers remains to be seen, but this much is clear: such a resounding margin of victory should leave quite an impression on the voters. And with Oregon coming up on its own opportunity to knock off a top-5 team in Stanford on Thursday, that statement came at a perfect time. The Seminoles had all kind of balance on the stat sheet, too. Three players rushed for at least 42 yards and five had at least 44 yards receiving. FSU's biggest hurdle the rest of the way is a rivalry game with Florida before the ACC championship, where they'll probably find either the 'canes or Virginia Tech.
Miami's chances of getting another shot at Florida State took a big hit in the game, though, and not because the loss puts them in what could amount to a play-in game against the Hokies next week. Running back Duke Johnson's ankle injury suffered in the second half will reportedly keep him out for the rest of the season. Backup Dallas Crawford, who has nine touchdowns and a 4.4 yards per carry average this year, will have to step up if his team is going to first get to the title game and then knock the Seminoles out.
No. 8 Clemson 59, Virginia 10 - A Tigers win was predictable, but Tajh Boyd was sensational, throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins caught two of those scores on his way to racking up 169 yards on eight catches. He was far from the only one involved in the passing game, though, as a staggering 12 receivers caught passes for Clemson.
The Hoos, who at one point at least had a solid defense to hang their hats on, have given up 35 or more points in four of their last five games.
Syracuse 13, Wake Forest 0 - Both teams needed this one to keep hope alive for bowl eligibility. Wake Forest now will have to take two of three from Florida State, Duke and Vanderbilt while the Orange have to get a pair from Florida State, Pitt and Boston College left.
Neither team played like that's going to happen.
The Deacons managed just 213 yards of offense and were 4-18 on third down. Syracuse wasn't much better, managing just 6-19 third downs and passing for a paltry 169 yards. Prince-Tyson Gulley had 85 yards on 13 carries for Syracuse while Wake lost receiver Michael Campanaro, who has 67 receptions for 803 yards and a touchdown this season, to a collarbone injury.
North Carolina 27, NC State 19 - The listless Tar Heels squad we saw most of the season has now won two straight. UNC got a lot of guys involved in the passing game, using three quarterbacks to find 10 receivers. Meanwhile the Heels' defense forced two interceptions and held Wolfpack passers to 176 yards on 14-29 passing.
Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27 - The Hokies are still very much alive in the division. At 3-2, they're in a second-place tie with three teams in the loss column but have a tiebreaker against Georgia Tech, a chance to beat Miami for a tiebreaker there and a game in hand against 2-2 Duke.
That said, losing to Boston College by turning the ball over four times and rushing for just 55 yards doesn't inspire much confidence. Tech did outgain the Eagles 446-289, so there's that. But if the Hokies turn it over four times against Miami, the 'canes will have plenty of fire power to do exactly what BC did, even without Duke Johnson.