Week after week, Wake Forest continues to get it done. The undefeated Demon Deacons face an interesting road ahead over the next three weeks: at UNC, home to NC State, at Clemson. There’s still plenty to accomplish for Dave Clawson. For now, though, it’s totally fine to admire what’s shaping up to be a historic season in Winston-Salem.
1. Wake Forest
What else is there to say about the Deacs, man? Wake Forest is 8-0 for the first time in program history and ranked inside the top 10 of the AP Poll, another program first. This team plays with an identity; their tempo is unique. Sam Hartman has been awesome, too: five total touchdowns and 402 passing yards in a blowout win over Duke.
2. Tied: Pittsburgh and NC State
Despite 519 passing yards and three touchdowns via Kenny Pickett, Pitt slipped up vs. Miami — losing at home, 38-34. Yikes.
For whatever it’s worth: ESPN’s FPI still has Pitt as the overwhelming favorite to win the Coastal Division, although the door is still cracked for Virginia and Miami, of all teams.
NC State’s offense looked lost for three quarters; however, the Wolfpack rallied just in time to defeat Louisville in Raleigh, 28-13.
Tim Beck opened things up and let Devin Leary (in the midst of a rather good season) go to work. NC State outscored Louisville 21-3 in the fourth quarter.
Devin Leary was dealing 🔥
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) October 31, 2021
Leary threw three touchdown passes in the final frame: Trent Pennix (29 yards), Devin Carter (12 yards) and CJ Riley (10 yards).
Once again, the Tigers struggled on offense. This time, though, freshman running back Will Shipley made the difference. Shipley ran for a career-high 128 yards and two touchdowns, including what would prove to be the game-winning score with under three minutes to play.
Watching Will Shipley’s go ahead TD on repeat all day. What a run. pic.twitter.com/PwZL71mzJA
— Austin Pendergist (@apthirteen) October 31, 2021
Clemson has defeated FSU six straight times, although this was the smallest margin of victory since the 2016 season.
It’s not easy to score 49 points and lose by nearly three touchdowns, but that’s exactly what happened to Virginia on Saturday. In a wacky late-hours game out in Provo, UVA fell to No. 25 BYU, 66-49. This has been abundantly clear all season: the offense is great, the defense is less than great.
uva is truly in a league of their own here in regards to 'Good Offense, Bad Defense'; i'm shocked their defense is that close to the median https://t.co/XXPG3FrjKK
— Jordan Shank (@ShankJordan) November 1, 2021
Brennan Armstrong was excellent, once more: six total touchdowns, 337 passing yards and 94 rushing yards. Unfortunately, Armstrong was also forced to leave the game with an apparent rib injury. Virginia heads into an open weekend.
*extreme Stugotz voice*
Mired in the midst of seemingly another lost season, sans D’Eriq King, Miami has reeled off back-to-back wins over AP Top 20 teams: NC State and Pittsburgh.
7. North Carolina
The Sagarin rankings slot UNC as the No. 7 team in the ACC, which is exactly where they land here, too. It’s been a disappointing season for the Tar Heels, who lost at Notre Dame on Saturday, 44-34; however, some of the analytics still like this team, a decent amount.
FWIW lines are determined mostly by power ratings.
Most power ratings still have UNC a top 25 team while Wake is barely Top 40 https://t.co/Hh5xguoQ4O
— Josh Goodson (@joshwgoodson) October 31, 2021
North Carolina played well in South Bend. There were certainly a couple of questionable calls from the officials that went against Mack Brown’s crew, too.
NBC knows which calls not to show replays on. They know.
— Hayes Permar (@DHPIV) October 31, 2021
No. 8 Syracuse
Syracuse has leaned all the way in on being a run-first squad. With only 65 passing yards, Syracuse still defeated a slumping Boston College team with ease, 21-6.
Sean Tucker. 51 yards. GONE.
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 30, 2021
Sean Tucker, who leads the nation in rushing (1,267 yards), was excellent on the ground: 207 rushing yards and a touchdown.
No. 9 Virginia Tech
Veteran wideout Tre Turner was a stud for Virginia Tech on Saturday, as the Hokies defeated Georgia Tech, 26-17. Turner caught seven passes, which tied a career high, for a career-best 187 yards. Virginia Tech picked up its lone win the month of October.
No. 10 Louisville
Dave Doeren on Vi Jones: "It was a good game for him. Obviously that quarterback is something. I have nothing but respect for Malik [Cunningham]. … Levi being as athletic as he is on the edge, I was happy for him."
— Pack Pride (@PackPride) October 31, 2021
No. 11 Florida State
Florida State nearly went undefeated in the month of October, but Mike Norvell’s team couldn’t quite hold on at Clemson.
No. 12 Georgia Tech
Jahmyr Gibbs had a nice today vs. Virginia Tech — 19 touches, 223 all-purpose yards. However, Georgia Tech’s offense struggled for most of the day, including two turnovers from Jeff Sims.
No. 13 Boston College
It’s a bummer to see how Boston College’s season, after a promising start, has unraveled without a healthy Phil Jurkovec at quarterback.
No. 14 Duke
Paolo Banchero was awesome in Duke basketball’s exhibition game on Saturday, though.
Some thoughts on Duke-WSSU
– Paolo Banchero looked terrific, moves so well in space. Handle held up in traffic, changing speeds, with creation ops
– Banchero-Mark Williams set to be a strong hi-lo duo, which Duke loves to get to from Horns
– Jaylen Blakes touched the paint a lot
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) October 30, 2021
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