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Ranking SU's Future Opponents


Bored Historian
Aug 26, 2011
(Based on how they played last weekend.)


Wake Forest beat Florida State 22-20 at home

Nick Sciba kicked 5 field goals to win the game, the last from 25 yards out with 4:18 left. “Florida State had the ball twice after Sciba's final field goal. Ricky Aguayo was wide left on a 50-yard field goal into the wind with 2:13 remaining. After the Seminoles forced a stop and got the ball back with 35 seconds left, Blackman fumbled the final two snaps. He recovered them both, but the last one ended the game… The Seminoles sure didn't look like they have the second-worst total defense in the ACC, allowing 464.5 yards per game. They bowed up and held the Demon Deacons out of the end zone on 13 of their 14 possessions, holding them to field goals five times inside the 10. But the offense turned it over twice and just couldn't put one more score on the board when it needed one.”

Wake came in averaging 540 yards and 40 points a game, (both #1 in the conference), got 424 yards, 116 running and 308 passing and 20 first downs. They didn’t turn the ball over. State gained 449 yards and made 28 first downs but had two turnovers. They rushed for 169 yards and passed for 280. Sam Hartman was 21/38 for those 308 but no scores and no turnovers. Cade Carney had 54 yards and a score in 16 carries. Sage Surratt, (love the names), caught 7 passes for 170 yard but never found the end zone. For the Noles, James Blackman was 27/43 for 280 yards, 2 TDs and a pick. Cam Akers gained 157 yards in 30 carries and scored. Tamorrion Terry had 4 catches for 55 yards and a score.

Boston College beat North Carolina State 45-24 at home

The Wolfpack came in with the league’s top rushing defense but they had no answer for A. J> Dillion, (223 yards and 3 scores) or David Bailey (181 yards and 2 scores). The Eagles ran for 429 yards on 60 carries, (7.15 yards per carry). That will ruin your day. Dennis Grosel completed 6 of 15 passes for 103 yards subbing for the injured Anthony Brown. They didn’t need him to win the game. Dillion is 6-0 245, Bailey 6-1 245. Get ready for it. "I don't know where to start," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. "We didn't tackle well, we didn't set edges, we didn't play well enough, we didn't have good enough technique. They did a better job than we did, is the bottom line. They pushed us around at times. Their running backs ran through contact." (ESPN)

The Eagles gained 532 total yards and 23 first downs and held the Wolfpack to 363 and 15. NCS also had the game sonly turnover. BC bolted out to a 31-3 lead and was never threatened.

Duke lost at Virginia 14-48

The Blue Devils had been having a pretty good year but got rolled in Charlottesville by what it probably the best team in the Coastal Division. The Cavs forced 5 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them. Duke didn’t cross midfield until midway through the third quarter and then only on a fake punt. Virginia was already up 27-0 at that point and led 48-7 when Duke scored against the deep bench reserves with 2:41 left in the game. Amazingly, Virginia outgained Duke only 307-250. They were only 13 for 26 for 141 yards, no scores and 1 pick through the air and gained 154 yards at 3.8 per carry on the ground. For Duke, Quentin Harris was 13 for 26 for 86 yards, 1TD with 2int and ran for 37 yards on 8 carries. He was the leading rusher. Scott Bracey, 2r/43yds/1TD was the leading receiver.

Louisville lost to Clemson 10-45 at home.

Trevor Lawrence threw two interceptions in the first period and Clemson led only 3-0. No matter. “Lawrence threw three touchdown passes, Travis Etienne rushed for 192 yards and a score”. The Tigers progressively built the lead to 17-3 at the half, 24-3 going into the fourth quarter and added three more scores in the final stanza. Clemson outgained Louisville 551-263, out-rushing them 253-107, out-passing them 298-156. They had 23 first downs to 15 and wound up +1 in turnovers, despite those two early interceptions. Two quarterbacks, Micale Cunningham and Evan Conley, were both 4 for 11 with no TDs and a pick for each. Javian Hawkins carried the ball 26 times for 129 yards and a TD. Dez Fitzpatrick led the receivers with 3 catches for 63 yards and no scores.

My ranking of how well our future opponent played this week:

1) Boston College with its steamroller rushing attack. I remember when they crushed us in the Dome two years ago. I hope it doesn’t happen again.
2) Wake Forest proved they didn’t need to score 40 points to win.
3) Florida State almost beat a 5-1 team on the road.
4) Duke couldn’t get out of its own way but their defense played fairly well, despite the score.
5) Louisville didn’t put up much of a fight at home.

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