Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets' 45-42 win is their first over Georgia since 2000 and the ACC's biggest win since ... I'm thinking ... still thinking ... need help from Google ... Clemson's win over Tennessee in the 2004 Peach Bowl.
Tom O'Brien saved N.C. State's season from 2-6 and BC's Jeff Jagodzinski won the Atlantic Division without Matt Ryan and neither did as good of a job as Paul Johnson this season.
Clemson: The Tigers could have quit after six games. Heck, their coach did. But they stuck with it long enough to finish 7-5. Who knows? The 31-14 win over South Carolina might send the Ol' Ball Coach into hibernation.
Although at this rate — Clemson is 3-1 against the OBC — the IPTAYers might want the Gamecocks to keep the formerly feared visor-thrower around longer.
Miami: The Hurricanes are the ACC's youngest team and deserve a hat tip for reaching 7-5 in Randy Shannon's second season.
However, there are two decisions that have set off alarm bells to anyone who cares about The U:
1) Hiring Patrick "Let's ignore Calvin Johnson" Nix as the offensive coordinator.
2) Sticking with Robert Marve over Jacory Harris at quarterback.
In-state rivals: Where's the chaos? Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma drilled their respective in-state rivals by a combined score of 142-53. Tough to tell which was more pathetic — FSU's defense or Auburn's offense.
The Gators and Urban Meyer have already lapped the Seminoles. FSU is kidding itself if it thinks Jimbo Fisher can close the gap.
TIME FOR A NEW CHART
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy doesn't read the newspaper because it's "garbage," but after Saturday's 61-41 loss to Oklahoma, he might want to clip this out, laminate it and put it in his pocket for the next game:
DON'T GO FOR TWO UNTIL YOU HAVE TO.
Down two points with 11:35 left in the third quarter, Gundy set out his "good kids" to go for the two-point conversion. Quarterback Zac Robinson summarily fumbled the ball and Oklahoma returned it for two points and a four-point lead.
Gundy might be a man, but he's not much of a game manager.
Next week, we'll tackle Gundy's defense, which, well, needs to learn how to tackle.
RANKING THE ACC
1. Georgia Tech (5-3)
2. Boston College (5-3)
3. Florida State (5-3)
4. Virginia Tech (5-3)
5. N.C. State (4-4)
6. Maryland (4-4)
7. Clemson (4-4)
8. UNC (4-4)
9. Miami (4-4)
10. Wake Forest (4-4)
11. Virginia (3-5)
12. Duke (1-7)
Tom O'Brien said N.C. State is the best team in the ACC right now. Paul Johnson begs to differ, and with the ACC's biggest win outside the league this millennium, you have to side with the Yellow Jackets.
Overall, better year out of the ACC than expected. Solid B-minus.