Much of the attention in the ACC in Week 6 was focused on the two divisional showdowns.
Neither game particularly lived up to elite billing, but Florida State and Miami both picked up key victories. The Seminoles pitched a 63-0 shutout against Maryland, while the Hurricanes defeated the Yellow Jackets 45-30.
Florida State has a bye week before taking on Clemson, which will undoubtedly play a huge role in shaping the ACC Atlantic title picture.
The Hurricanes are in control of the Coastal Division, but Virginia Tech is quietly showing signs of life on offense. If the Hokies get anything going on offense, this team will have a chance to win the division once again, especially with a dominant defense.
Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia lost to Ball State, Clemson dominated Syracuse and Boston College and Wake Forest picked up solid victories.
ACC Week 6 Recap and Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Boston College running back Andre Williams and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd turned in strong performances this week, but offensive player of the week honors go to Winston. The redshirt freshman is playing with the poise of a fifth-year senior. In Saturday’s win over Maryland, Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five scores, while rushing for 24 yards on seven attempts. Winston’s five touchdown tosses were the most by a Florida State quarterback since Christian Ponder threw five in 2009, and the redshirt freshman already has three games of at least 300 passing yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
There were few standout performances in the ACC this week, but Beasley takes the Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording five tackles and two sacks against Syracuse. Four of Beasley’s tackles went for a loss, which helped to limit Syracuse to just 74 passing yards. After five games, the junior leads the NCAA with eight sacks, with six coming in ACC contests. Clemson’s defense ranks eighth in the ACC in yards allowed per game (356.6), but the Tigers are holding opponents to just 16.6 points a game. Beasley’s pass rush has been crucial to Clemson’s success, and the junior is performing at an All-American level in 2013.
Coordinator of the Week: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
A week after giving up 34 points and 407 yards to Boston College, the Seminoles were nearly perfect on defense against Maryland. The Terrapins entered Saturday’s game averaging 498.5 yards and 39.8 points per game, but Florida State limited the Terrapins to just 234 yards, pitched a shutout and limited Maryland to just nine first downs. Terrapins' quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a concussion in the first half, but the offense wasn’t moving the ball with much success when he was in the game. Maryland managed just 4.1 yards per play on Saturday, which was their lowest total of the season. Pruitt is in his first year with the Seminoles and some of the defense’s early struggles against the run are largely due to the transition in scheme and personnel. With two weeks to prepare for Clemson, Pruitt should have Florida State’s defense ready for the Tigers’ high-powered offense.
Team of the Week: Florida State
Miami’s win over Georgia Tech was solid, but Florida State’s victory over Maryland was pure dominance. The Seminoles dominated from start to finish and pitched their first shutout over a top-25 team since 1997. The 63-point margin of victory was the most lop-sided victory over a top-25 team in school history. Florida State is 5-0 for the second consecutive season, and now turns its sights to a huge showdown against Clemson on Oct. 19.
Freshman of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Freshman of the week honors in the ACC could essentially be renamed for Winston this year. And here’s the scary part for the rest of the ACC: Winston will only get better. The freshman ranks second in the ACC with 288.2 passing yards per game, averaging an impressive 16 yards per completion. Winston has tossed only two picks and ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 73.2 completion percentage.
• Virginia quarterback David Watford threw for a season high 209 yards in the 48-27 loss to Ball State.
• Freshman safety Ryan Janvion led Wake Forest with 11 tackles against NC State.
• Boston College running back Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-27 win over Army. Williams missed the single-game school record by one yard.
• Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd’s 455 passing yards set a single-game school record.
• Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley had a solid outing against Clemson. The senior recorded four tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.
• Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has completed at least 67 percent of his passes in his last two games. Thomas does not have an interception in ACC play this year.
• The home team has won the last six meetings in the NC State-Wake Forest series.