The Atlantic Coast Conference got a signature win in Week 2 of the college football season as the Miami Hurricanes upset #12 Florida at home. The ‘Canes forced five turnovers and showed a lot of toughness in the 21-16 win. While the offense had a tough day, gaining just 69 yards from the mid-1st to the mid-4th quarters, they displayed that old Hurricane warning moxie and refused to be intimidated by the Gators despite Florida’s repeated after the play mouthing off and shoving. With Clemson’s win over Georgia last week, the ACC has some bite when people wave the SEC flag so readily as the best conference in the nation.
Other early games have North Carolina downing Middle Tennessee 33-13 as of this writing, Clemson beating South Carolina St. 52-13, Virginia Tech leading W. Carolina 25-3 at the end of the 3rd, and Oregon at Virginia in the 1st. Oregon is up at this moment 8-0. Later games have NC State hosting Richmond, Maryland hosting Old Dominion, Duke at Memphis, and of course Syracuse visiting Northwestern. Last night saw Boston College take down Wake Forest at home in an ACC game 24-10.
Syracuse looked tough defensively last week while the offense had its issues, understandable with so many new parts on the field and off the field. That was no excuse for the players as they took notice of themselves for dropped passes, missed blocks on the line, and some miscommunication. The team did stand up and came close to pushing Penn St. into overtime or more when Penn St. looked to be about to run away with the game.
Northwestern, another ranked Big 10 foe, beat SU 42-41 last year and has high expectations for this season. They also have two QB’s that know SU from last season including QB Trevor Siemian who led the game winning drive for the Wildcats last season. SU needs the running game to get untracked and the line needs to give QB Allen more time to have a shot at the upset on the road.
I like SU’s moxie; I do not like their chances today on the road in Evanston at Ryan Field against the 19th ranked Wildcats: Northwestern wins 35-17.