AFTER WEEK 2
1. Clemson 2-0/1-0 (1)
No. 1 Clemson controlled the pace of Saturday’s game against No. 12 Texas A&M from the opening kick . Offensively, Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins looked unstoppable again in the passing game, and Travis Etienne and Lyn-J Dixon looked like a scary one-two punch on the ground.
2. Virginia 2-0/1-0 (3)
Bryce Perkins totaled three touchdowns and Joe Reed added two, one of which was a 100-yard kick return, and, as expected, No. 25 Virginia rolled past William and Mary. The defense didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher for the fourth straight game, and it has produced nine sacks through the first two games. But Florida State comes to town Saturday for the first time since 2010.
3. North Carolina 2-0/1-0 (6)
Receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome both averaged more than 20 yards per catch, but the defense struggled to slow Miami down last weekend.
4. Boston College 2-0/1-0 (4)
Quarterback Anthony Brown put three touchdowns on the board for the second week in a row. The difference against Richmond was that all three were through the air.
5. N.C. State 2-0/0-0 (5)
Quarterback Matthew McKay had an easy day at the office as the Wolfpack racked up more than 300 yards and four touchdowns on the ground last weekend against Western Carolina. West Virginia should offer a bit more of a challenge this weekend.
6. Syracuse 1-1/0-0 (2)
The Orange gave up 42 points in the first half and had their doors blown off by Maryland, 63-20. They surrendered 650 yards of offense and 354 yards on the ground, and next on the schedule is the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.
7. Miami 0-2/0-1 (7)
It was in a losing effort, but redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams (30-of-39, 309 yards, 2 TDs) had a nice bounce-back game after a tough outing in the opener against Florida. KJ Osborn continued to look like one of the most explosive wide receivers in the ACC.
8. Virginia Tech 1-1/0-1 (9)
Virginia Tech kept Old Dominion out of the end zone until the second half and exorcised the demons of last season’s upset in Norfolk with a 31-17 victory.
9. Duke 1-1/0-0 (10)
After opening the season against Alabama, Duke had considerably less trouble moving the ball against North Carolina A&T. Quarterback Quentin Harris (30-of-42, 345 yards) threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and ran for a game-high 83 yards and another score.
10. Pittsburgh 1-1/0-1 (8)
Quarterback Kenny Pickett (26-of-37, 321, 1 TD) and wide receiver Maurice Ffrench (10 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD) had impressive days through the air against Ohio, but the running game was by no means dominant and the Panthers only scored three points in the second half. That isn’t going to cut it against Penn State.
11. Florida State 1-1/0-0 (11)
Florida State surrendered 419 yards of offense and had to go into overtime to beat Louisiana-Monroe, 45-44. On the bright side, James Blackman threw for three touchdown passes and Cam Akers ran for 193 yards and two scores.
12. Louisville 1-1/0-0 (12)
Quarterback Jawon Pass threw four touchdown passes, fellow quarterback Malik Cunningham ran for 73 yards and a score and the defense gave up just 172 yards in the first win of the Scott Satterfield era.
13. Wake Forest 2-0/0-0 (13)
Quarterback Jamie Newman (21-of-27, 312 yards) threw for three touchdowns and receiver Scotty Washington caught seven passes for 158 yards and two scores in a 41-21 win over Rice.
14. Georgia Tech 1-1/0-1 (14)
Georgia Tech didn’t find the end zone through the air last week, but the Yellow Jackets got it done on the ground thanks to touchdowns by Tobias Oliver and Jordan Mason (20 carries, 99 yards) in a 14-10 win over South Florida. It was Geoff Collins’ first win as Georgia Tech’s head coach and the Jackets’ first win in their new spread offense.