It’s unbelievable that the final week of the regular season is upon us. Here’s a look forward at the top three games of Week 13 and a look back at the highlights and lowlights of Week 12:
The good: Quarterback play. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, NC State’s Mike Glennon, Virginia’s Michael Rocco, Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington and Wake Forest’s Tanner Price all had impressive performances in their wins. Washington ran for more than 100 yards and passed for more than 100. Thomas accounted for three touchdowns, Price had 320 yards and three touchdowns, Glennon had three touchdowns and no interceptions, and Rocco’s poise on the final scoring drive was a big difference in the upset of FSU.
The great: NC State’s performance against Clemson. Where has this team been all year? It was the most complete performance of the season for the Wolfpack, and the program’s first win over a top-10 team in five seasons under coach Tom O’Brien.
The bad: Ryan Houston’s fumble on the 5-yard line. With UNC on the verge of taking a 14-0 lead, Virginia Tech’s Antone Exum forced the fumble on the 5-yard line. The Hokies then drove 95 yards to tie the game at 7. What goes around comes around. Remember the last time UNC won in Blacksburg on a Thursday night? Ryan Williams' fumble had a hand in it.
The ugly: Clemson. It was a train wreck. The offense couldn’t get anything going, and the defense couldn’t make any stops. NC State played a terrific game, but Clemson had four turnovers and was just 2-of-14 on third downs.
The bizarre: The end of the FSU-Virginia game. The Hoos thought the game was over. Mike London was trying to get his team to the locker room. He should have hid them in there. A face mask penalty, the review of the incomplete pass, the missed field goal … can’t remember anything like it.
The punishment: Miami gave everything it had to beat South Florida 6-3 and become bowl eligible, only to find out on Sunday that the university decided not to participate in a bowl game this year.
Top three games of Week 13
1. No. 5 Virginia Tech at Virginia: The Coastal Division, the Commonwealth Cup, bragging rights, in-state recruiting -- it will all be on the line on Saturday in Charlottesville. Virginia Tech has won 11 of the past 12 games in the series, including in 2007, the last time the Hokies beat UVa in Charlottesville to win the Coastal Division title. Virginia enters the game on a four-game winning streak.
2. No. 17 Clemson at No. 12 South Carolina: The Tigers have lost each of the past two games against their in-state rival under coach Dabo Swinney, and they haven’t been playing as well as they had earlier in the season. Clemson has lost two of its last three, including an embarrassing 37-13 defeat to NC State this past weekend.
3. No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 Georgia Tech: The SEC East champs have won nine straight games and haven’t lost since Sept. 10 against South Carolina. The Bulldogs’ defense is No. 11 in the country and is holding opponents to 17.8 points per game. Georgia Tech is second in the country with 323.5 rushing yards per game.