ACC Week Four Review
#24 Louisville (1-2) 20 @ #21 Pittsburgh (3-0) 23
True freshman WR Jordan Addison continues to impress me. He scored again this week, winning with the ball in his hands as the team’s leader in yards after catch. This Pitt defensive line is serious people. A weekly sack party, 7 this week, without standout interior lineman Jaylen Twyman. Patrick Jones II got a sack on a beautiful bull rush on a 3rd down. Calijah Kancey continues to make plays.
It was a tough day for the Cardinals offense. All 3 ‘triplets’ had bad games by their standards. Javian Hawkins broke a 75 yard rushing TD, but ended with 78 rushing yards on 13 attempts. Malik ended 9/21 for 107 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs. Tutu ended with 4/37 and a lead taking TD in the second quarter. This OL has to play better to unlock this offense, as they gave up way too many sacks and negative rushing plays.
Florida State (0-2) 10 @ #12 Miami (3-0) 52
As the score suggests, it was a bad day at the office for FSU. They were outclassed by Miami in every facet of the game. Asante Samuel Jr. had a good game, only allowing 1 catch for 5 yards on 2 targets. A lone bright spot for the Seminoles.
Miami didn’t really have many standout performances, but I’d like to recognize S Bubba Bolden. 6’3 200 lb. with some range. Had a pass break up and an interception in coverage on the day along with a sack. Not a perfect day as he had some missed tackles but he flashed for the Hurricanes many times on Saturday.
Georgia Tech (1-2) 20 @ Syracuse (1-2) 37
As a lot of you know, this is a Jeff Sims fan account. He came back down to Earth today. 13/28 for 174 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs. Had a bad fumble as well where he just lost grip of the football. The run game for GT was dominant. They tallied 255 yards and were ripping consistent chunk plays.
Tommy DiVito had his best game of the young season, passing for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. This defense gave Jeff Simms fits all afternoon. Pressure was affecting throws, good contain limited him to only 3 scrambles, coverage on receivers was good. Gave up yards in the run game and that has to be shored up. You won’t face a true freshman every week.
Duke (0-3) 20 @ Virginia (1-0) 38
Chase Brice? Not it. 16/36 for 246 yards, 2 TD and 4 INT. Another good day on the clock for Victor Dimukeje, totaling 6 pressures with 1 sack. He’s starting to take away that shine that Chris Rumph II had going into the season.
Welcome to 2020 Virginia, it kinda sucks but hey, you’re undefeated. I had my eyes on Charles Snowden this game and he had a somewhat even split of coverage and pass rush reps. No sacks but a QB hit and a couple pressures is nothing to sneeze at in about 20 pass rush reps. Slot CB Brenton Nelson had a day for the Cavaliers. 2 passes defended, 2 interceptions, and 0 catches allowed on 5 targets. Definitely caught my eye and the eyes of people more important than me.
Texas State (1-3) 21 @ Boston College (2-0) 24
Thriller of the week belongs to Boston College. A late Hunter Long TD to tie it in the 4th. The defense holds to a three and out. A drive down the field to put them in position for a game winner. The perfect field goal with 3 seconds left to take their first lead of the night. BC moves to 2-0 in dramatic fashion. The BC OL was the story of the offense, allowing 6 total pressures on 47 pass block reps. LB Isaiah McDuffie with a team high 7 tackles and 2 sacks, including a huge on a 3rd down late in the 4th quarter caught my eye. He needs to be better in coverage to get looks at the next level.
NC State (1-1) 24 @ Virginia Tech (1-0) 45
This battle was fought on the ground. Over 500 rushing yards between the two teams. VA Tech had 335 of them. The OL had a day, on their way to averaging 8.8 ypc. On defense, senior safety Divine Deablo had a great 2020 debut. 6 total tackles and a diving interception showing off the ball skills. With\ great size at 6’3 226 and versatility to line up anywhere on the field, he is definitely a name to monitor come draft season.
The Wolfpack might have given up over 300 rushing yards, but their 189 yards on the day is nothing to sneeze at. The difference between the two offensive lines is that the Wolfpack gave up 6 sacks. The line was great in the run game, but you have to keep your QB clean to win football games.