We're a little late this week, but here's a look back at the games around the conference.
In the Coastal
-Miami 21, No. 12 Florida 16 -- The Hurricanes converted one of 11 third downs, were outgained 413-212 and averaged 1.8 yards per carry on the ground. Oh, and they forced five Florida turnovers while just once coughing it up themselves. That's how they won this game. As good as the win looks on Miami's resume, though, the offensive performance -- especially a second straight slow one from quarterback Stephen Morris (12-of-25, 163 yards, two TDs and one INT) -- indicates it's far from being the odds-on favorite to win this division once it gets into ACC play.
- No. 2 Oregon 59, Virginia 10 -- The Hoos didn't have the offensive firepower to win this game, but their defensive numbers entering suggested they had as good a shot at slowing down the Ducks as anyone on their schedule. The fact that they got lit up says a lot about Oregon. How the Cavaliers respond to it will say a lot about them.
- Duke 28, Memphis 14 -- The Blue Devils looked great in nearly doubling up the Tigers in yardage, converting 10 first downs and getting nice performances at quarterback from both Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette. They also got 11 receptions for Jamison Crowder, who has 17 receptions already in 2013. The three turnovers are something they're going to have to clean up, though.
- Virginia Tech 45, Western Carolina 3 -- Not a lot you can take away from creaming Western Carolina, but at the very least, the lack of disasters on special teams suggests Beamer Ball is back.
- North Carolina 40, Middle Tennessee State 20 -- The Blue Raiders found all kinds of room on the ground and kept the Tar Heels defense on the field in converting 8-of-18 first downs. North Carolina did force four turnovers and got a great day out of Bryn Renner (23-of-34, 339 yards, one TD, one INT), but Middle Tennessee moved the ball pretty well, and that's not great news for a team hoping to compete at the top of the division.
In the Atlantic
- No. 19 Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27 -- Drew Allen had a disastrous game, throwing four interceptions, and for the second week in a row, the ground game failed to be the strength it's supposed to be for this team. The Orange's 3.9 yards per carry number was better than the 1.5 average against Penn State, but it wasn't enough early on. That let the 'cats jump out to a lead and forced Syracuse to throw more than it might have liked, so the running game should share blame for the way Allen performed.
- Boston College 24, Wake Forest 10 -- In a game of unremarkable offense on both sides, the Eagles rode Andre Williams to the win, handing the ball to him 35 times for 204 yards and a touchdown. It wasn't exactly a stirring performance for BC, but after the near disaster against Villanova, it's a good sign that at least the running game has some potential.
- NC State 23, Richmond 21 -- Four 'pack turnovers kept the Spiders in the game.
Other scores: Maryland 47, Old Dominion 10. No. 4 Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13.