ACC Football Week 8: How We Did

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Oct 18, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren watches from the sideline during the second half of play against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John

ACC Football Week 8: Crazy Coastal, Part II

On Thursday night, Virginia Tech was given a chance to take a step forward in their wild division, but it was the home team that snapped its three-game losing streak.

Pitt took down the Hokies to improve to 4-3 (2-1), putting them back near the top of the Coastal. Virginia Tech is only a game behind, but tieberakers are going to be very messy.

It was a huge victory for Pitt, keyed by quarterback Chat Voytik. He channeled a bit of Tyler Murphy in this game, rushing for more yards (118) than for which he threw (92). The Hokies had 26 rushing yards the whole game, which is generally considered not good.

ACC Football Week 8: Not-Crazy Coastal

This was the most meaningful ACC Coastal game of the weekend, with Virginia having a chance to get to 3-0 in the conference, but Duke moved themselves back into position at 2-1. The Blue Devils are bowl-eligible.

Virginia has nothing of which to be ashamed. At 4-3 (2-1), the Cavaliers are already doing much better than people expected, and their defense did a very good job all things considered. The stats may say the Hoos’ offense did enough, but like the Eagles, they had chances to grab this game but did not.

ACC Football Week 8: Basement Brawl

Two winless teams in the ACC Atlantic met in Winston-Salem, and not surprisingly, the team not named Wake Forest won.

Syracuse fell behind early, but from the second quarter on, the Orange sailed to an easy win. Wake was barely even competitive, with 170 yards of total offense, -2 turnover margin, and 3-of-15 on third downs. With regard to those turnovers, both plays ended in Syracuse touchdowns.

The Orange are still sub-.500 and are no outstanding team, but the Deacs made them look pretty good. They’ll take it.

ACC Football Week 8: The D’oh-eren Era

The NC State Wolfpack have now lost all 12 ACC games under head coach Dave Doeren, losing to Louisville on Saturday.

That is not to say that the Wolfpack didn’t give Louisville a run, because they did, but the end results have all been the same for NC State, who have lost four in a row and are in last place in the Atlantic.

The Pack hung with the Cardinals most of the way, and made things very interesting late by scoring a touchdown with 2:21 to go, making it a 23-18 game. Unfortunately for them, their defense folded after an onside kick attempt and Louisville’s Michael Dyer ended it with a 46-yard touchdown run.