Anthony Brown threw five touchdowns, and Wyatt Ray tallied four sacks—a new single-game program record—as the Eagles overcame several costly special teams mistakes in their ACC opener victory over Wake Forest.
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.
After blowing out Massachusetts and Holy Cross by a combined 82 points, the Eagles will travel to Winston Salem, N.C. to open ACC play against Coastal Division rival Wake Forest, potentially in the midst of Hurricane Florence.
Frederique Haverhals capped the Eagles’ two-goal comeback, finding the back of the net six minutes into double overtime, securing the team’s first ACC win since October 2016.
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.