ACC wide open after league's disappointing opening week

리그가 진행되면서 세 개의 프리시즌 순위 팀이 모두 패했습니다. 7-7, a dent to a conference eager to show it’s more than just Clemson at the top.

호랑이, 아니오에서 시작한 사람. 3, 아니오로 떨어졌다. 2 그루지야 10-3. 노스 캐롤라이나, ranked 10th last week, and de facto No. 1 overall NFL draft pick in quarterback Sam Howell, struggled to generate points in a 17-10 loss at Virginia Tech.

마이애미, which was ranked 14th, was battered 44-13 by defending national champion — and favorite to repeat — in No. 1 앨라배마.

더 많은 스포츠 범위를 보려면 여기를 클릭하십시오. .

As a coach, it doesn’t lighten the burden of how you played, but you say, '확인, this is college football, this is week one,'” Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said.

That’s the mindset for much of the league in its .500 스타트. Only the Pac 12 among the Power Five leagues had as rough a go at 6-6.

The Southeastern Conference went 12-2, including three victories over ACC teams: Mississippi topped Louisville 43-24 to go along with Alabama and Georgia victories.

The Big 12 였다 9-1 in opening week while the Big Ten finished 9-5 in its openers.

The Tar Heels came in as the favorites to win the ACC Coastal Division. Now they must play catchup after falling at Virginia Tech — the lone conference game in Week One.

There were also a couple of unexpected results: Duke fell at Charlotte 31-28 while Georgia Tech lost at home to Northern Illinois 22-21.

모두, a forgettable weekend, especially for the ACC teams with the highest expectations.

The Tar Heels had their first preseason top-10 ranking since 1997, in coach Mack Brown’s first run there. He believes it’s smarter evaluating teams later in the season when there’s a solid body of work.

Preseason rankings mean nothing,” 브라운이 말했다. “If you all got your salaries docked for making mistakes in preseason rankings, you wouldn’t eat.

Clemson’s offense short-circuited in the Georgia loss in the Tigers first game without NFL first round draft picks Trevor Lawrence at quarterback and Travis Etienne in the backfield.

Lawrence’s replacement, D.J. Uiagalelei, was sacked seven times, overthrew receivers at critical times and the Tigers were held without a touchdown for the first time since the 2017 CFP semifinal against the Crimson Tide.

Coach Dabo Swinney said the team’s goals are all intact in chasing a seventh straight ACC crown and College Football Playoff berth.

The only thing we can’t be is undefeated,” Swinney said.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said college camp is not like the NFL. There’s a limited amount of time for contact and when you do scrimmage, you worry about injuries that could cost you down the road.

So I don’t think we would overreact to any of that,” Cutcliffe said. “The dust will come out.

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who called the Georgia-Clemson game Saturday, said it’s not too early to see warning signs of things that need fixing.

For all the teams who lost openers, Herbstreit saidit’s about getting your confidence back.

At some ACC schools, it’s got to happen quickly.

Third-year Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins was asked about dissatisfied fans, then stared at the questioner for 11 seconds before answering.

I’m excited for Saturdayand the game against Kennesaw State, 콜린스는 말했다, “lessons learned from the game so we can apply and just take the next step every single week in the program to get better.

The ACC programs that won in Week One also hope to refocus before the next game.

North Carolina State shutout South Florida 45-0 to start its season. Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren understands there’s plenty of work ahead for his team that hopes to challenge Clemson for the ACC Atlantic Division title.

He spoke to his players about not putting too much on one result, win or lose.

We can’t get too high with our win,” 그는 말했다. “And those teams that lost, they’re going to get better.

In Doeren’s view, the ACC was close to a truly special start. Florida State had the chance to stun No. 8 우리의 여성, a College Football Playoff participant last season, but missed a tying field goal in overtime to fall 41-38.

It wasn’t like we went out and laid an egg when there’s a bunch of competitive games,” Doeren said. “And we were one possession away as a league of making a bunch of good things happen.

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