ACC Football Week 3: How We Did

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Sep 13, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback

Jacoby Brissett

(12) throws a touchdown pass first half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

ACC Football Week 3: Flirting With Disaster

Georgia Tech 42, Georgia Southern 38. The Jackets may be 3-0, but they look like a so-so 3-0. In this one, Georgia Tech choked up a 25-point lead at halftime, making themselves have to come back from down three in the final minute of the game. They did it, at least. Next week’s game at Virginia Tech will tell us much more about this team.

ACC Football Week 3: Embracing Disaster

Utah State 36, Wake Forest 24. The Deacs are a hot mess, and their loss at Utah State did not make anyone feel better about them. 3-of-15 on third downs, 232 yards of offense (including minus-25 rushing), three turnovers, and 103 penalty yards. Wake Forest is the ACC’s worst team by a mile right now.

ACC Football Week 3: The Ho-Hums

Pittsburgh 42, FIU 25. Give it to the (FIU) Panthers: they scored more than I thought they would. They also hung more points on Pitt than the Eagles did, but for some reason that seems irrelevant at this point.

Syracuse 40, Central Michigan 3. Nice and easy one for the Orange, who fell behind 3-0 early and then scored the next forty. No Syracuse turnovers, and stopped Central Michigan on all but one of their third-down tries.

Miami 41, Arkansas State 20. It looked like it could be a long game after Arkansas State answered an early Miami touchdown with one of their own, but the Hurricanes settled down and pulled away by as many as 27. Phillip Dorsett had 201 receiving yards in the win, and quarterback Brad Kaaya threw four touchdown passes.

NC State 49, South Florida 17. Got this game way wrong as NC State looked like a very competent football team. The Wolfpack have a player in Jacoby Brissett, who had a nearly flawless afternoon, but his team’s run game scored five touchdowns as well. NC State dominated this game most of the way, outgaining the sputtering Bulls 589 to 159.

Duke 41, Kansas 3. Duke may be soon to regain their ranked status from last season as they are now 3-0 and one of the highest vote-getters of teams not in the Top 25. Shaun Wilson had 245 rushing yards — on twelve carries. Having a few 60-plus yard runs will do that.