ACC Week 2 stock watch: Syracuse rising, Golson falling

QB Eric Dungey was sharp in his first collegiate start, throwing two touchdown passes and avoiding turnovers. Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports

The ACC season can be chock full of volatile stocks, but we've got a handle on who's rising and who's falling.

BUY: Syracuse's bowl hopes

Let's not go crazy after a 2-0 start -- Syracuse was favored to win both, after all -- but there's some reasonable optimism surrounding the Orange right now. With a winnable game vs. Central Michigan in Week 3, Syracuse could already be halfway to bowl eligibility (and match last year's win total) by mid-September. That means the Orange will just need to find three more victories among USF, Virginia, Pitt, Louisville and Boston College. And considering how bad things seemed in Syracuse this offseason, that now sounds surprisingly realistic.

Other buys: Clemson's downfield passing game without Mike Williams; Pitt's pass rush

HOLD: Louisville's demise

Things are not good at Louisville. The Cardinals not only lost to Houston, but what seemed like a Week 1 moral victory over Auburn was quickly undone as well as the Tigers nearly fell to FCS Jacksonville State and Louisville's supposed QB solution, Lamar Jackson, struggled badly in his first start. Turnovers, poor line play, surprisingly little pass rush (where's Devonte Fields?) and an injured and ineffective group of receivers are all conspiring to doom the Cardinals. But this is still a Bobby Petrino offense, and there's still so much talent on D, so let's at least give Louisville a shot to beat Clemson at home before we completely abandon ship.

Other holds: BC's ground game; Marquise Williams' red zone production

SELL: Everett Golson's smooth transition

Yes, he looked good in the second half against Texas State in Week 1, but that didn't translate as well to Week 2. Golson completed just 53.8 percent of his passes and his 6.27 yards-per-attempt rate was the lowest by an FSU starter against a non-Power 5 opponent since coach Jimbo Fisher took over as playcaller in 2007. Certainly Golson will get better, but the line is still adjusting (his five sacks are second-most in the ACC), his receiving corps is still young, and Saturday was a good reminder it takes a while to master Fisher's playbook.

Other sells: Chad Voytik's job security; Virginia's rushing attack