Around the ACC: Halftime thoughts

Here's a quick look around the league at this afternoon's games:

Virginia Tech 14, Virginia 13

This is the ACC's most entertaining game of the afternoon. Jameel Sewell is playing well, and the Hokies have struggled to stop him when he's running today. The Cavaliers have actually outrushed the Hokies 151-78, despite two rushing touchdowns by Ryan Williams. The Hokies' defense will have to clamp down in the second half in order to preserve this precarious lead, and the offense needs to control the clock better. It's clear Virginia hasn't quit, and they're putting forth an impressive effort in what is likely Al Groh's last game.

Florida 24, Florida State 0

Well, this got ugly much quicker than I expected, but Florida State's defense hasn't changed, and either has the gap between these two programs. On the Gators' last scoring drive, Florida State missed at least four tackles. The Noles haven't been able to get anything going offensively. There's an obvious difference in talent and speed on the field, and that's sad for Florida State fans to see. FSU hasn't been able to convert one third down, while the Gators continue to move the chains. If you're an FSU fan, don't look at the stat line for the quarterbacks. You'll cringe, but that's to be expected when a rookie is in the Swamp for the first time, and Tim Tebow is playing there for the last time.

Miami 21, South Florida 3

So much for my upset pick, eh? Miami's defense is doing a number on the Bulls, holding them to just 98 yards of total offense in the first half and forcing two turnovers. B.J. Daniels is facing a better defense than he did in the win against Florida State and is struggling. Jacory Harris, meanwhile, has played a great first half without an interception. They've had a balanced offensive attack so far, and just need to maintain it in the second half.

Boston College 16, Maryland 10

This one isn't over yet, and the Terps have one more half of football left to play this season. BC is thriving on field goals so far in this game, and will need more if they're going to hang onto their lead. Both teams are struggling on third downs, and Maryland has used both Chris Turner and Jamarr Robinson. The Terps have nothing left to lose, but have the opportunity to go out with some pride in their season finale.