And just like that, after weeks of anticipation, it is now two weeks into the college football season. The “Return of the Mack (Brown)”, the struggling Seminoles and Clemson’s dominant defense highlighted Week 2 in the ACC. Here’s what everything that took place around the conference this weekend:
William & Mary: 17, Virginia: 57
Bryce Perkins threw for two touchdowns and freshman running back Mike Hollins added two touchdowns on the ground as the Cavaliers routed the Tribe of William & Mary. The Cavaliers find themselves ranked for the first time in 15 years, coming in at 25th in this week’s AP poll. Virginia is also looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2005 when they host struggling Florida State on Saturday.
Miami: 25, UNC: 28
The Return of the Mack is real and it is fun to watch. Freshman Sam Howell provided another comeback win, throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns, as the Tar Heels upset Miami by three in Chapel Hill.
The Hurricanes find themselves 0-2 for the first time since 1978. UNC travels to Wake Forest Friday night, looking to go 3-0 for the first time since they last did so in 2011.
Texas A&M: 10, Clemson: 24
Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson offense didn’t have their best stuff against Texas A&M and still won by double digits. It didn’t really matter considering the Tigers’ defense dominated the game, holding the Aggies and Kellen Mond to 10 points and forcing two turnovers.
This was likely Clemson’s toughest game on the schedule, as the Tigers now have a 56.9% chance to win out according to FPI (Football Power Index). Clemson travels to Syracuse on Saturday for the first time since being upset 24-27 in 2017.
Louisiana-Monroe: 44, Florida State: 45
Based on the first half of the first two games, the Seminoles look like a really good team.
The second half?
Not so much. Florida State nearly blew another second-half lead over the weekend, this time to Louisiana-Monroe, edging the Warhawks 45-44 in OT.
ULM’s kicker shanked the extra-point in attempt to send it to a second overtime. The Seminoles face a hot Virginia team in Charlottesville next with very little time to fix some major issues. There’s reason to worry in Tallahassee.
Eastern Kentucky: 0, Louisville: 42
The Cardinals got their first win in nearly 365 days this weekend, and looked impressive doing so. Jawon Pass threw for four touchdowns and the Louisville defense held the Colonels to 172 yards of offense, as Scott Satterfield won his first game as Louisville head coach. Next up for the Cards is a neutral site matchup against in-state foe Western Kentucky.
Ohio: 10, Pittsburgh: 20
The Panthers got their first win of the season behind a career-high 321 passing yards from Kenny Pickett. Maurice French caught 10 passes for 178 yards, and the Pitt defense limited the Bobcats to 212 total yards of offense. Next up for Pittsburgh is an in-state rival at 13th-ranked Penn State.
Syracuse: 20, Maryland:63
This contest was a mismatch from the start, as the Terrapins scored touchdowns on six of their first seven drives. Maybe the 79 points they put up against Howard in week 1 wasn’t a fluke after all.
Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito did throw for 330 yards, but he still struggled again much like last week. And the defense, which is the strength of this Orange team, allowed 650 yards of total offense to Maryland. Syracuse better regroup, and in a hurry, as top-ranked Clemson rolls into town this weekend for a primetime ACC showdown.
Old Dominion: 17, Virginia Tech: 31
Last year, the Monarchs stunned the Hokies and the college football world when they upset Virginia Tech as 28.5 point underdogs.
Virginia Tech QB Ryan Willis saved Hokie fans from another upset bid by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for one as well. Next up for Justin Fuente’s squad is a home tilt against FCS Furman.
Western Carolina: 0, NC State: 41
The Wolfpack trounced the Catamounts on Saturday behind Zonovan Knight’s 18 carries and 119 yards rushing. NC State’s defense was stellar as well, holding Western Carolina to a mere 106 yards of total offense. Stiffer competition awaits, as the Wolfpack face West Virginia in Morgantown next.
USF: 10, Georgia Tech: 14
The Yellow Jackets secured Geoff Collins his first win after edging South Florida 14-10 on Saturday. The Bulls fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter on the one-yard line and never threatened to score again. Georgia Tech’s Jordan Mason and Tobias Oliver scored both touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets turn their focus to the Citadel.
North Carolina A&T: 13, Duke: 45
The Blue Devils had very little trouble with the Aggies on Saturday, as Quentin Harris threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns in the route. Duke travels to Middle Tennessee State this weekend before opening conference play next week in Blacksburg.
Richmond: 13, Boston College: 45
Similar to Duke, and even similar to the score, the Eagles dominated an inferior opponent with Anthony Brown completing three TD’s on 14 passes. A.J. Dillon added two rushing touchdowns as well. Boston College hosts Les Miles-led Kansas Jayhawks on Friday night.