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ACC Football 2020, Week 6 (10/9-10/10/20)

Scores and comments on ACC football action

NCAA Football: Miami at Clemson
Clemson passes first big test against Miami
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Here’s your overview of scores with commentary for this week’s ACC football action...

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2020

Early Games

NC State Wolfpack 38 at Virginia Cavaliers 21

The NC State defense held Virginia to just four of 18 on third down (22%) and took the ball away four times as the Wolfpack beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA.

Next up for NC State: Duke

Next up for UVA: at Wake Forest

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#19 Virginia Tech Hokies 45 at #12 North Carolina Tar Heels 56

The Hokies had 495 yards of offense, five minutes more in time of possession, no turnovers, and recovered an onside kick - and still lost! That’s because without most of their defensive backfield VT was simply unable to stop the Tar Heels, who managed a whopping 656 yards of offense themselves.

Next up for UNC: at Florida State

Next up for VT: Boston College

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Duke Blue Devils 38 at Syracuse Orange 24

Duke’s offense still gave away some points, but they scored enough to overcome it this time. For Syracuse, inability to generate a running attack continues to limit the offense.

Next up for Duke: at NC State

Next up for Syracuse: Liberty

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Mid-Afternoon Games

Pittsburgh Panthers 30 at Boston College Eagles 31

We figured this game would be a fight, and it was. It even went into overtime thanks to some end-of-regulation heroics by the Panthers’ placekicker who then, ironically, missed a PAT that gave BC the win.

Next up for Pitt: at Miami

Next up for BC: at Virginia Tech

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Prime Time Games

Florida State Seminoles 26 at #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42

I felt that FSU played well (405 yards total offense, only one turnover), especially in the first half, but right now they don’t have the players to keep up with Notre Dame (554 yards total offense, including 353 yards rushing).

Next up for Florida State: UNC

Next up for Notre Dame: Louisville

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#7 Miami Hurricanes 17 at #1 Clemson Tigers 42

This game looked like it might live up to its hype when the Canes scored a “kick six” just before halftime, but the Tigers put them away in the third quarter - like national contenders are supposed to do.

Next up for Miami: Pitt

Next up for Clemson: at Georgia Tech

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Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2020

Louisville Cardinals 27 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 46

Friday night the Yellow Jackets continued making progress towards their program rebuild while the Cardinals continued to look like a team with a pretty good offense and a not so good defense.

Next up for Louisville: at Notre Dame

Next up for Georgia Tech: Clemson

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For coverage of which teams helped the ACC football cause by losing, check out my post “Biggest Losers Week 6, 2020” on ACC Football Rx. It won’t make your favorite team any better, but it will make you feel better about your team, or no money back.