Here’s your overview of scores with commentary for this week’s ACC football action...
Saturday, Oct. 24th, 2020
#23 NC State Wolfpack 21 at #14 UNC Tar Heels 48
The Wolfpack forgot to play offense in the first quarter, then forgot to play defense in the third. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels looked like a top 10 team again, outgaining NC State by 186 yards and winning the turnover battle 4-0.
Next up for NC State: bye
Next up for UNC: at Virginia
Raise your hand if you thought Syracuse would stay with Clemson better than NC State stayed with UNC or Florida State stayed with Louisville. Now put your hands down, you liars! The Orange had a 61-yard run and an 83-yard pass play, but Clemson took the ball away from them four times.
Next up for Clemson: Boston College
Next up for Syracuse: Wake Forest
Louisville jumped all over FSU early en route to hanging 569 yards of offense on the Seminoles. Meanwhile, FSU went for it on fourth down five times and only made it once.
Next up for Florida St: bye
Next up for Louisville: Virginia Tech
The Irish had a quarterback (Ian Book) with a QBR of 95.4; the Panthers played three quarterbacks but none of them could crack 21 on the QBR scale. Neither team was able to run much against the other’s defense.
Next up for Notre Dame: at Georgia Tech
Next up for Pitt: bye
Turnovers (three) and penalties (10 for 112 yards) plagued Virginia Tech, but I won’t take anything away from Wake Forest, who had a great defensive game plan to slow down Khalil Herbert.
Next up for Virginia Tech: at Louisville
Next up for Wake Forest: at Syracuse
Going into this game, BC had 331 yards rushing on the season (five games), but the Eagles ran for 264 yards in this game. BC also won the turnover battle, 3-0.
Next up for Georgia Tech: Notre Dame
Next up for Boston College: at Clemson
Prime Time Game
It’s hard to call this a defensive struggle when the teams combined for over 800 yards of offense, but neither team was able to keep their punter off the field in this low-scoring game.
Next up for UVA: UNC
Next up for Miami: bye
For coverage of which teams helped the ACC football cause by losing, check out my post “Biggest Losers Week 8, 2020” on ACC Football Rx. It won’t make your favorite team any better, but it will make you feel better about your team - especially this week! - or no money back.