ACC Report - Week 2
September 5, 2013
The Atlantic Coast Conference risked tremendous embarrassment in the first week, as a Clemson loss against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia would have been a real black eye for the league. However, Clemson outlasted UGA 38-35 in a track meet, making up for Virginia Tech's slaughter at the hands of Alabama in Atlanta.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse officially joined the ACC ranks, and both started their regular seasons with losses. The Orange were on the short end of a 23-17 score against Penn State, although they were able to cover. Pittsburgh looked overmatched against Florida State and QB Jameis Winston, getting pounded at home 41-13 in their initial league game.
Overall, the league went 10-4 straight-up and 8-6 ATS. Home teams went 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS, while road teams went 1-1 straight-up and 1-1 ATS. The 'under' went 8-5-1 in Week 1, with the 'under' going 7-4-1 at home.
2013 ACC STANDINGS
Team SU Conference ATS Over/Under
Boston College 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
Clemson 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0
Duke 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-1
Florida State 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
Georgia Tech 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0
Maryland 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0
Miami (Fla.) 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
North Carolina 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1
North Carolina State 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-1
Pittsburgh 0-1 0-0 1-0 1-0
Syracuse 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1
Virginia 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
Virginia Tech 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0-1
Wake Forest 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
Wake Forest at Boston College (*Friday - ESPN2, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Both of these teams were very sluggish in their regular season openers. Wake Forest eventually pulled away from FCS opponent Presbyterian last week for a 31-7 win, but there is much work to be done if they're going to hit the road and beat a league opponent. Boston College snuck by their FCS opponent, Villanova, by a 24-14 score. They were even less impressive, but at least they're back in Chestnut Hill. The Demon Deacons are 8-17 ATS in their past 25 road games, and 2-12 ATS in their past 14 road games against a team wit ha winning home record. They're also 0-6 ATS in their past six games against a winning team overall. BC is just 3-8 ATS in their past 11 games, and 2-6 ATS in their past eight conference tilts. However, in this series, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings. The 'over' has also cashed in four of the past five meetings in Chestnut Hill.
Florida at Miami, Fl. (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)
Neither team covered in their initial games of the 2013 season. Florida had an excuse, as they played without six key players due to suspension in their opener against Toledo. The defense was fairly stout against a solid Rockets offense. The Gators will certainly have their hands full with Hurricanes RB Duke Johnson. Miami held Conference USA opponent Florida Atlantic to just six points in their win last Friday. The Gators are 5-1 ATS in their past six road games, but just 1-5 ATS in their past six non-conference games. Miami is 5-1 ATS in their past six home games, and 6-1 ATS in their past seven overall. However, they are 1-4 ATS in their past five non-conference battles. The 'under' might actually be the play here. The 'under' is 7-2 in Florida's past nine non-conference battles, including last week, while the 'under' is 37-14 in Miami's past 51 non-conference affairs. The 'under' is also 43-19-1 in Miami's past 63 home games. A noon kick might also help keep the point totals down in the sweltering South Florida heat.
Oregon at Virginia (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Oregon has few problems last week in their tune-up against an overmatched FCS opponent from Nicholls State. The Ducks will travel cross-country to Charlottesville, getting a little bit more of a test. Virginia knocked off Brigham Young by a 19-16 score, covering at home for the first time in nine games (1-7-1 ATS) at Scott Stadium. Oregon is 6-0 ATS in their past six road games against a team with a winning home record, and 8-0 ATS in their past eight games on grass. The Ducks are also 8-1 ATS in their past nine games overall. The total trends are rather contrasted, as the 'over' is 5-2 in Oregon's past seven road games, but the 'under' is 11-3 in UVA's past 14 home contests.
Duke at Memphis (4:30 p.m. ET)
Duke opened with a convincing 45-0 win against North Carolina Central in the Bull City Classic, an annual battle between the Durham colleges. The Blue Devils saw solid play from QBs Brandon Connette and Anthony Boone, with each finding the end zone once apiece with their feet. The key in this one will be getting WR Jamison Crowder more involved in the offense. Memphis will be playing their regular season opener, but find themselves as a six-point dog at home. Duke hasn't had a ton of instances over the past couple of decades as a road favorite. And they are just 1-7 ATS in their past eight games on the road. Memphis, on the other hand, is 4-0 ATS in their past four home games, and 13-4 ATS in their past 17 home games against a team with a winning road record. It will be interesting to see if Duke can pick up a road win and show that they are for real.
Syracuse at Northwestern (BTN, 6:00 p.m.)
The Orange face a Big Ten opponent for the second straight week, and this time they get a Top 25 opponent. Syracuse fell 23-17 to Penn State in the Meadowlands, while Northwestern hit the road and scored an impressive 44-30 win at California. These two clubs met in a thriller last season, with the Wildcats prevailing 42-41 in the Carrier Dome Sept. 1, 2012. There are a few things to watch in this one. First off, QB Kain Colter (concussion) came out of last week's game after only two plays due to concussion and he never returned. If he cannot start, QB Trevor Seimian would get the nod. RB Venric Mark (lower body) suffered an undisclosed lower-body ailment at Cal. He was limited, but able to finish the game. If Mark cannot play, RB Treyvon Green would look to add to his totals after going for 129 rushing yards and two scores. CB Daniel Jones (knee) also was nicked and is done for the season.
South Carolina State at Clemson (12:30 p.m. ET)
Middle Tennessee at North Carolina (12:30 p.m. ET)
Western Carolina at Virginia Tech (1:30 p.m. ET)
Old Dominion at Maryland (ESPNews, 4:00 p.m. ET)
Richmond at North Carolina State (6:00 p.m. ET)
Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh