Five weeks ago, North Carolina State was a legitimate ACC Championship title contender, and Georgia Tech was one of the top teams in the Coastal Division. The same can’t be said today.
The past two weeks, Clemson has had a few fourth-quarter scares. Meanwhile, Miami’s been rolling over top-15 teams, including then-No. 3 Notre Dame. As of now, everyone else in the ACC is looking up at the “U”.
Coming into Saturday, the Hurricanes had won their previous four games by a combined 18 points. Miami beat Virginia Tech alone by 18, and practically wrapped up the Coastal Division.
The Seminoles were embarrassed on national television on Friday night, losing to Boston College, 35-3, and now are on the verge of missing their first bowl game since 1981.
Earlier this month, people were starting to speculate whether or not the Eagles would win a single conference game this season. Now, there’s no telling when they’ll lose one.
Clemson may have lost to Syracuse, but the power structure at the top of the ACC hasn’t changed. The same can’t be said for the rest of the conference.
The Wolfpack flipped a switch after losing to South Carolina in their season opener. Head coach Dave Doeren’s team has won four-straight games and is 2-0 to start ACC play for the first time in 11 years.
While the rest of the conference was molding into midseason form, FSU and Miami were on the practice field, waiting out Hurricane Irma. Three weeks away from football proved to be costly.