There is always something to talk about in college football, but we can admit that some weeks are more jam-pack than others. Sometimes you just have a down week.
This was not one of those weeks, especially in the ACC.
Clemson Tigers: State Champions
Back when I was a student at the University of Florida, I travel to Columbia, SC to go watch a basketball game between Florida and South Carolina. During halftime of the game, Former Gators and Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke to the crowd. He talked about some of the memories he had as the coach, but the thing he said that the crowd went crazy for is when he mentioned how many "state titles" South Carolina had during his time there -- meaning how many times they beat Clemson.
Safe to say this game means a lot.
South Carolina actually made this one closer than I thought they would. The game was actually more competitive than the 56-35 final score indicated, but that didn't mean Clemson wasn't too much for the Gamecocks' best.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for nearly 400 yards with one touchdown. Unfortunately, Lawrence is not draft eligible. If he was, many of you said he would be your choice for the No. 1 overall selection this year.
Clemson's running game wasn't too shabby either. Sophomore running back Travis Etienne rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Plus sophomore wide receiver Tee Higgins caught six passes for 146 yards and a touchdown -- if Clemson could go ahead and have some draft-eligible guys, that'd be great.
On the defensive side, Christian Wilkins got himself a sack, but he also got himself a touchdown...
Florida State Is Bad
I get that head coach Willie Taggart is in his first year as the head coach, and it's always tough getting the most out of kids that you never recruited in your first year, but man, things looked ugly in Tallahassee this weekend. After beating the Gators for five years in a row, Florida got the better of Florida State by a score of 41-14.
The refs certainly didn't help the Seminoles any, but the lack of discipline for the Noles' team overall is extremely concerning. False starts, not having enough players on the field, illegal formations; it was all a part of the recipe that gave the Seminoles their first losing season in 42 years.
Quarterback Deondre Francois had a terrible day, completing less than 50 percent of his passes for just 154 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He did add 41 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but overall it was a bad day for him.
Daniel Jones, U Good?
Holy incriminating stat line, Batman.
This week Duke, who was having a good year, all things considered, lost to Wake Forrest by a score of 59-7.
Fifty nine to seven.
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones was not good in this one, and that continued his streak of being not good late down the stretch here. In the loss, Jones threw for just 145 yards, completing less than 50 percent of his passes for one touchdown and one interception. Some people have Jones as a sleeper first round pick due to how weak the rest of the quarterback class is. But regardless of what his competition in the class is, numbers and results like that aren't flattering.
Miami Is Back (?)
I just love that headline because it always gets people riled up.
After what has been a very disappointing season for the Canes, the came out and put a whooping on the ACC Coastal Champions by beating them 24-0. Quarterback N'Kosi Perry completed just 6-of-24 passes for 52 yards, but thanks to running back Travis Homer going off for 168 yards on eight carries and thanks to a special teams score, Miami won this one confidently and comfortably.
On the defensive side, defensive end Joe Jackson got himself 2.5 sacks on the day, while leading the Canes in tackles with five. Cornerback Micheal Jackson also had two sacks.
In today's episode of Why In God's Name Are You Trying To Punch Someone With A Helmet On, the N.C. State Wolfpack emerged victorious in an overtime thriller against their in0state rivals, UNC. This was should not have been close, honestly. UNC is terrible. However, it was, and anytime you have a close rivalry gave, scenes like the one above are possible outcomes.
N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley threw for an even 200 yards in this one with no touchdowns and one interception, but the headline was the fight. the performances around it didn't mean much.