Week Seven: Five Things We Learned

After an exciting week seven across the ACC, we learned a ton about many contenders and pretenders in the conference. After many interesting contests went down to the wire, here are the five things we learned from week seven.

 

1. Frank Beamer is Done and so is Virginia Tech

Frank, it’s time.

At 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play, and with some of their toughest games remaining on their schedule, it’s clear that this is finally the time for Frank Beamer to step down as the Virginia Tech head coach. The Hokies need to win three out of their last six games to make a bowl game, and they are in even more danger of missing a bowl than they were last year, when they needed a home victory in the final regular season game against lowly Virginia to become bowl eligible. The inept offense that the Hokies possess still needs to go on the road to Boston College, a team with a top ranked national defense, go on the road to play against a Georgia Tech offense that while 2-5, still presents a ton of problems, and also still have to play at home against North Carolina, whose only loss was against South Carolina in the opener. If that’s not enough to make you cringe, they have a home date against Duke next Saturday, a team that has given them fits in recent years.

Frank Beamer, the Hokies are a mediocre program, and have been for the last four years. You can no longer hang your hat on your consecutive bowl games record, especially when you can barely eek out six wins against what is a very down ACC Conference this season.

You’ve had a great run, but take after your good friend Steve Spurrier: Step down.

 

2. Pittsburgh is in the Driver’s Seat to Win the Coastal

What a huge victory for the Panthers. Georgia Tech presents a ton of problems for opposing defenses, and yesterday was no different. Although the Yellow Jackets entered the contest at 2-4, they still have one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in all of college football. Pittsburgh’s defense stood up to the task once again, making just enough plays to squeak past the Jackets on the road and get a decisive third conference win. At 5-1, and 3-0 in the ACC, Pittsburgh sits in first place in the Coastal Division. They play three out of their remaining five conference games at home (UNC (5-1), Louisville (2-4), and Miami) (4-2), and with a Top 20 defense and an offense improving by the week, they have an excellent chance to be the Coastal representative in the ACC Championship in December. I’m buying the Panthers, and you should too.

 

3. North Carolina Scored 50 on Wake, but Still Won’t Commit to the Run With Elijah Hood

This is the chief reason why I don’t think North Carolina is a serious contender in the ACC Coastal Division.

A ton of people have been wondering how I could say that with their 5-1 record and 2-0 record in conference. However, once again on Saturday night, with running back Elijah Hood on fire, they refused to give him the football. The UNC passing offense is very good, there’s no arguing against that. However, remember the opener against South Carolina, their you know…only loss of the season? Williams threw three crucial interceptions in a losing effort when Elijah Hood was running the ball at will throughout a good portion of the contest. Additionally, Hood almost didn’t even touch the ball in the fourth quarter, which is a huge reason as to why they lost that football game.

Yesterday, Hood carried the ball eight times for 101 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.6 yards per carry. Nobody else was close to that average, but out of the team’s 33 total rushes in the game, they only gave eight of those to their hands-down best running back. The offensive coaching staff has time and time again shown a refusal to put the ball in the hands of their best offensive play-maker. If you’re a Carolina fan, that should concern you.

 

4. The Virginia Cavaliers Still Have Some Pride

It would have been easy for the Cavaliers to roll over for the rest of their season and welcome the inevitable, the fact that Mike London will finally be relieved of his duties after the year is done. Starting the season 1-4 with a complete home no-show three weeks ago against Boise State (56-14), fueled the fire that was raising the mercury on the already extremely warm seat of Mike London. After a tough road loss to Pittsburgh last week, a game in which they played pretty well, they were able to sneak out a home victory against Syracuse in triple overtime 44-38. Don’t get me wrong, the Cavaliers are still a bad football team, but they could have easily folded their hand when the chips were stacked against them yesterday afternoon. Instead, they went all-in and were able to pick up their biggest win of the season to date. While they will surely struggle throughout the rest of the season, they are still playing hard for their head coach, which is a testament to their pride in a difficult situation.

 

5. Dalvin Cook, Injured, is Still the Best Player in the ACC

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has battled a tight hamstring since the Wake Forest game two weeks ago. He has labored through two straight games, clearly favoring the hamstring at times in each of the contests against Miami and Louisville. Even so, Cook has been in the thick of things when it has mattered.

He carried the ball 22 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns, just one week after carrying the ball 22 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns against Miami. The kid is not only the best running back in the ACC, but he will be in New York in December to challenge LSU running back Leonard Fournette for the Heisman Trophy.

 

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