ACC still up for grabs

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- One week after looking hopeless and hapless at Virginia Tech, Maryland looked capable of winning the ACC title. And one week after embarrassing Maryland, the Hokies took a step back at Miami.

And North Carolina State? They played spoiler today with their win over Wake Forest. Don't look now, but Boston College is in the midst of doing the same to Florida State.


"It's not wacky, it's good," said Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, grinning ear to ear. "It's like a movie, you know? You don't want to watch those other conferences. You already know who's going to be in the championship. We've got no idea."

That's putting it mildly. The ending to this "movie" hasn't even been written yet. Every week seems to mean so much and yet seems to answer so little.

If Florida State makes a comeback against Boston College, the Nov. 22 game here in Byrd Stadium will be a playoff for the Atlantic Division. If Boston College wins, Maryland will have to win out, but so will Boston College, and the two teams meet in the season finale in Chestnut Hill.

As for the Coastal Division, North Carolina's loss puts Miami in sole possession of first place. North Carolina all but played itself out of the race because they lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to Virginia and Virginia Tech. In order for UNC to win, the Tar Heels would have to win out, and Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech would all have to lose again.

Four Coastal Division teams have three losses, and if Miami loses to Georgia Tech next week, well, then the ACC should have its own category on Jeopardy.

"It's crazy," said Maryland cornerback Jamari McCollough. "It's like a circus. Anything can happen."

For the 12th straight week, anything did.