For the second-straight year, Duke lost its first game of the season following a 4-0 start, and other early-season favorites like Boston College looked more vulnerable than expected.
Virginia Tech suffered one of the worst losses in school history, BC dropped the ball against Purdue, and Louisville reached a new low at UVA, practically making everyone rethink the conference’s power structure.
Led by Brooke Matherson, the Eagles scored a pair of goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation, securing a two-score victory over Virginia and their first 2-0 start to ACC play in program history.
Winners of three of four, the Eagles host Virginia in a battle of top-10 heavyweights—although BC is just 1-3 against ranked opponents this year.
With a monster win over Florida State—the program’s first since 1966—Syracuse is now 3-0 and one of several mid-tier ACC teams shaking up the conference in the early stages of the 2018 campaign.
Florida State nearly lost to Samford at home, and Pittsburgh was embarrassed by longtime rival Penn State on national television, each taking a big step back before the brunt of ACC play.
Virginia Tech embarrassed the Seminoles in Tallahassee, and BC shelled Massachusetts—meanwhile, teams like Miami and Louisville found themselves on the other side of things, limping out of the gates to a shaky start.
Clemson is the clear favorite to claim its fourth-consecutive ACC title, but the rest of the conference is relatively wide open, meaning that 2018 should bear competitive matchups, upsets, and unforeseen storylines.