Not a good week for some football teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The low point was Miami’s embarrassing 46-31 loss to Middle Tennessee at home. But four ACC do remain undefeated.

Miami (2-2) was the preseason favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division and ranked 25th nationally in pre-season polls. Another embarrassing loss was West Virginia steamrolling host Virginia Tech, 33-10. North Carolina gave Notre Dame a run for the money but lost 45-32.

All four of the ACC’s undefeated teams and are in the Atlantic Division. Clemson (4-0) edged Wake Forest 51-45 in double overtime. The Tigers seem to always come up with a big play to save a victory.

Florida State (4-0) breezed past Boston College 44-14. Syracuse (4-0) eked out a 22-20 win over Virginia.. North Carolina State (4-0) had little trouble beating UConn 41-10. Kansas knocked Duke (3-1) out of the unbeaten ranks, 35–27.

The University of Louisville (2-2) played it’s most complete game smashing South Florida 41-10. Central Florida (3-1) beat a struggling Georgia Tech 27-10 and Pitt ( 3-1) smacked Rhode Island 45-24.

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Ed’s ACC rankings:  1. Clemson, 2. North Carolina State, 3. Florida State, 4. Pittsburgh, 5. Syracuse, 6. Wake Forest, 7. North Carolina, 8. Duke, 9. Miami, 10. Louisville, 11. Virginia, 12. Virginia Tech, 13. Boston College, 14. Georgia Tech.

One thing we’ve learned about college football this season there are three elite teams. Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State, followed by everybody else. Oklahoma lost at home to Big12 rival Kansas State and Clemson had to do go double overtime to beat Wake Forest.

Ed’s national rankings: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Ohio State, 4. Michigan, 5. Southern Cal, 6. Oklahoma, 7. Clemson, 8.North Carolina State, 9. Kentucky, 10. Penn State, 11. Tennessee, 12. Texas A&M, 13. Oregon, 14. Pitt, 15. Ole Miss, 16. Utah, 17. Arkansas, 18. Oklahoma State, 19. Oregon, 20. Baylor.

Trevian Cooley was ruled out of bounds after a 22-yard jaunt to USF’s two-yard line (Mike DeZarn photo)
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By Ed Peak

Ed Peak has covered UofL sports since 1973, as a student reporter, as a correspondent for the Courier-Journal, a freelancer for the Associated Press and United Press International, as well as ScoreCard, Fox Sports and CBS radio.