Sorry folks, it is what it is. The ACC is bad. Not just bad, but terribly bad. Historically bad. Need evidence, watch the slate of noon games that were played today. If that’s not enough, go back a little further. The proof isn’t hard to find.
The ACC has been around since the 1950’s and today we saw the Citadel get their first ever win against an ACC team. No disrespect to the Bulldogs, but that’s something that just shouldn’t happen. Ever.
To add insult to injury they went out and got that win vs Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs just so happen to run an option offense. The same kind that Tech ran for about a decade under Paul Johnson and an offense that fans were desperate to see abandoned. How’s that for irony?
Citadel ran for over 300 yards on a defense that features many players left over from a team that saw the option offense every day in practice. No, they weren’t practicing against it every day, but it’s something they’d seen enough of that they should be familiar with having to stop it.
The Yellow Jackets were just 3-9 on 3rd downs and possessed the ball for just over 18 minutes. This was no fluke, the Bulldogs just beat Tech, and beat them in their place. Yes, Tech was expected to be bad in year one of a total rebuild. However, not losing to an FCS team at home bad. Remember when Georgia Tech was a consistent Top 25 team?
Then there’s Virginia Tech. What a disaster they’ve become under the guidance of Justin Fuente. No, the Hokies did not lose, but they came close to dropping one to Furman.
The Hokies trailed 14-3 at the half but outscored the Paladins 14-0 in the third quarter to take the lead. However they needed a terrible call on an onside kick attempt late in the fourth to hold on. Make no mistake, Furman is a good football team but they should never be giving the Hokies a run in Blacksburg. It’s hard to imagine Fuente surviving past this season. Remember when the Hokies were a consistent Top 25 team?
Then there’s NC State. The Wolfpack headed up to Morgantown as more than a TD favorite and ended up looking more like a dumpster fire against West Virginia in a 44-27 loss. After starting out 2-0 and looking fairly decent in the process, today was an entirely different story.
The Mountaineers averaged more than 6 yards per carry and totaled close to 450 yards of offense. Before today the West Virginia run game had been non existent. Turns out all they needed to make it look good was to face an ACC defense.
If that isn’t bad enough, Boston College went out and laid an egg against a terrible Kansas team on Friday night, and like Georgia Tech, did so at home. The same Kansas team that looked terrible in a loss to Sunbelt team Coastal Carolina last weekend.
After mustering just 7 points and only 280 yards of offense against the Chanticleers, the Jayhawks were able to explode against an ACC defense. They had 567 total yards, with 329 coming on the ground. Not something we’re used to seeing from Steve Adazzio team’s. Even if they’re no good, they’re always tough. Not today.
Then there’s the Seminoles down in Tally. Willie Taggarts defense couldn’t stop my fat grandpa from exercising. Boise St was basically able to run at will on them and UL- Monroe had plenty of success themselves. It’s hard to fathom that after two home games against G5 teams that the Noles are just 1-1 and could easily be 0-2. Remember when FSU was a perennial Top 10 program?
Outside of top ranked Clemson and MAYBE Virginia, there’s just no one else. When it comes to ACC Football, there’s just no meat on the bone. The second best team in the Atlantic might just be Wake Forest…. Let that sink in.