Around the ACC: Halftime thoughts

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


Florida State and Clemson are providing the most entertainment so far, as it has gone back and forth the entire half. The Noles' defense has been a major factor, as they're getting a lot of pressure on the Clemson quarterbacks, mainly Cullen Harper. Much of that can be attributed to the efforts of Everette Brown, Markus White and Neefy Moffett. The ends are winning the battle against the tackles with their speed, and that's not something Clemson will find in the locker room at the break. Offensively, running back Jermaine Thomas is making great use of his speed as well.


Wake Forest is living up to its reputation as a scoring defense while looking much better on offense. Meanwhile, Virginia looked like it regressed in the first half. The Cavaliers seem much more like the team we saw at the start of the season than the one that went on a four-game winning streak. Boo Robinson is having a heck of a game for the Demon Deacons, and stealing the spotlight from Clint Sintim. Virginia tailback Cedric Peerman lost a fumble for the second straight game. Very uncharacteristic of Peerman. And for the first time in weeks, Marc Verica does not look comfortable.


NC State, as I have said repeatedly, is not to be written off this season. With Russell Wilson in at quarterback, they can be a good football team if the defense lives up to its part of the bargain, and that's exactly what the Pack is doing against Duke. They also got some help on a kickoff return for a touchdown, but NC State is averaging 7.1 yards per play. Odds are this game gets closer in the second half.