Gene Sapakoff: Week 7 ACC football - Best and Worst ... Nuk Hopkins, Jimbo snafus, Fear The Turtle and Nkemdiche madness makes the Top 5 and Bottom 5
Mike Glennon. Ah, thatís the N.C. State QB we remember from 2011. Two huge fourth down pass completions stunned the Seminoles.
Tiger trio. Clemson has the ACCís leader in rushing (Andre Ellington), receiving (Nuk Hopkins) and total offense (Tajh Boyd). Also has that Sammy Watkins guy.
Conner Vernon. Duke senior became the ACCís all-time leading receiver last week and now has 239 catches (Clemsonís Aaron Kelly had the old record at 232).
Fear The Turtle. Maybe not. But Maryland despite averaging an ACC-low 86 yards per game rushing has a decent chance to enter Death Valley on Nov. 10 with a 5-0 ACC record. Terps (3-2, 1-0) play at Virginia, N.C. State, at Boston College and Georgia Tech before Clemson.
Nkemdiche. Star Georgia prep defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche says Clemson commitment still intact but Ö (see below).
Jimbo Fisher. Florida State head coach has to answer for conservative game-management snafus in 17-16 loss at N.C. State.
Soft schedules. With no ACC teams in the AP top 11 and Clemson already having faced No. 12 Florida State, itís possible that the Tigers (currently No. 16) will go into the South Carolina game 10-1 with only that one test against a ranked team. The last time Clemson faced the Gamecocks having faced only one ranked team in the same season was 2000 (54-7 loss at No. 4 Florida State before defeating South Carolina, 16-14).
Al Groh. Georgia Techís defensive coordinator, a former NFL and ACC (Virginia and Wake Forest) head coach, was jerked around from sideline to pressbox and subsequently fired after the 47-31 loss at Death Valley.
Non-conference muscle. Quick, whatís the ACCís best non-conference win this season? Probably Virginia over Penn State, 17-16.
Nkemdiche. Indicates Ole Miss still in contention, and no doubt Alabama continues to recruit aggressively.
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