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ACC Football: Hot and Cold

[lead align=”default”]The haves and have-nots in ACC football already head their separate ways. Even though not much divides them in terms of wins and losses, momentum builds from the first game.[/lead]

Eventually, conference play will begin and division standings will shake out. At least in the ACC Atlantic, there is little doubt which schools will be at the top and bottom. Through two weeks of the college football season, is it good momentum or bad momentum?

ACC Football: Hot

Louisville Cardinals. Louisville looks strong through the first few weeks of the year, outscoring the opposition 132 to 42. Granted, one of those wins came against Charlotte, but then they smoked an ACC opponent, Syracuse, in their own building. We’ll see what they’ve got against Florida State this coming weekend.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Bet you didn’t expect to see this team here. Wake looked thoroughly average in a win over Tulane, but then pulled off a nice win over Duke in Durham. With Delaware next on the schedule, the Deacs could be 3-0 soon.

Florida State Seminoles. This is arguably the best team in the ACC right now. Florida State’s comeback win over Ole Miss in Week 1 put FBS on notice, and there were no speed bumps in their cupcake game against Charleston Southern. (The Buccaneers, by the way, are a top ten FCS team, but FCS nevertheless.) Their first road test comes this weekend in Louisville.

Pittsburgh Panthers. Pitt is a contender in the ACC Coastal, as are most other teams, but they showed some real tenacity in their win over Penn State. Nathan Peterman is performing under center so far, with a 64 percent completion percentage and five touchdowns to one pick.

ACC Football: Cold

Virginia Cavaliers. The Bronco Mendenhall era is off to an inauspicious start. First, they lose their home opener to Richmond (and it wasn’t close), and then suffer a predictable loss at Oregon. Without wins over UConn and Central Michigan in the next two weeks, they can forget about bowl eligibility.

Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils here because of their loss to Wake, and the injury to Thomas Sirk. NC Central, who cares, but there were too many mistakes in Week 2. Playing in a division where one conference win could make the difference, they missed a prime opportunity.

Notably Absent

Clemson Tigers. Are they hot? Are they cold? At this point, it’s hard to tell. On one hand, Clemson is 2-0 and still a highly-ranked team. Yet, they have not looked great in either contest, at least relative to their own standards. Perhaps Troy will be a wake-up call for the Tigers.

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