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The ACC in SP+, Week 7: Sure everyone stinks, but they stink in fun, dumb ways!

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NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A big chunk of the league was on bye, but the teams that were in action packed as much stupid as possible into their games in order to help compensate. This is always appreciated. At least when I’m an impartial observer to the lot of it.

Miami out-gained Virginia Tech by 226 yards and lost 42-35, and how did Miami do this? By turning the ball over four times in the first quarter, which allowed the Hokies to build a 28-0 lead. Miami is dumb as hell, and its offensive line stinks, and somehow this is theoretically the second-best team in the ACC.

I dare say SP+ is wrong on that count.

ACC Standings by SP+ Rating

Team Wk 7 SP+ Rtg (Rank) SP+ Rank Change Offense Rank Defense Rank
Team Wk 7 SP+ Rtg (Rank) SP+ Rank Change Offense Rank Defense Rank
Clemson 24.2 (8) -2 15 10
Miami 11.2 (32) -1 47 31
Virginia 7.6 (40) 2 85 23
Florida State 5.5 (45) 2 22 78
Duke 5.2 (46) -2 73 41
Wake Forest 4.7 (51) 2 43 71
Pitt 3.2 (57) 2 112 15
NC State 3.1 (58) -3 81 43
UNC 2.8 (61) -1 44 75
Louisville 2.8 (62) 8 35 86
Syracuse 0.9 (65) 0 71 65
Boston College -0.9 (74) 0 31 102
Virginia Tech -1.2 (72) -3 68 72
Georgia Tech -7.3 (92) 0 105 53

Pittsburgh and Duke combined to commit 10 turnovers, and the Panthers tossed in 15 penalties for good measure. And won anyway. There’s no point in trying to understand any of what happened in that one. Or most of the games, really. Some vague football-lookin’ stuff, a lot of it bad. Still mostly entertaining, but bad.