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Updated: Florida State punches ticket to ACC championship

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Updated 3:00 p.m. ET: Outside of a 33-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Petty to Kevin Dorsey, not much went right for Maryland in the second half and Florida State rolled to a 41-14 win over the Terps.

FSU was efficient all around on offense and aided by Maryland mistakes. Running back Devonta Freeman led all offensive players with 148 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. The Terps, on the other hand, couldn’t get much going with Petty filling in at quarterback.

The Seminoles have punched their ticket to Charlotte for the ACC championship. Who they’ll play is still undetermined, but depending on whether or not Miami self-imposes a bowl ban, it could be one of four teams from the ACC Coastal. Virginia Tech is still alive — barely — at 2-4 in conference play, but the Hokies are in a tight game with Boston College. Duke and Georgia Tech play a critical conference game later today, and Miami plays a late out-of-conference game against South Florida.

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While the ACC Coastal division remains up for grabs (is that the right term?), the ACC Atlantic can be locked up today with a win by No. 10 Florida State over Maryland.

So far, this game’s going as expected. The Seminoles lead 27-0 at the half. FSU’s offense is working efficiently, but the ‘Noles defense has only allowed 36 yards. That’s outstanding obviously, but the Terps are still trying to MacGyver an offense with converted linebacker Shawn Petty in at quarterback.

Barring a complete second-half turnaround, this one looks over and Florida State would be able to punch its ticket to the ACC championship game because of a head-to-head tiebreaker over Clemson. A BCS championship appearance, while not out of sight, is a stretch. Florida State would need chaos and more chaos just to have a chance to head to Miami.

But the ‘Noles are certainly off to a good start today.

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8 Responses to “Updated: Florida State punches ticket to ACC championship”
  1. raysfan1 says: Nov 17, 2012 1:57 PM

    No point in even mentioning BCS championship. Even if they hadn’t lost to NC State, they would be behind both Alabama and Georgia in the BCS standings because the computers hate the Noles. The computers hate the Noles because they had to replace WV when they short-notice bailed on their game and had to be replaced with Savannah State, a FCS opponent.

  2. drummerhoff says: Nov 17, 2012 2:31 PM

    If an ACC team wins a conference championship, and no one is there to see it, did it really happen?

  3. drummerhoff says: Nov 17, 2012 2:36 PM

    @ray
    The computers hate the noles because the ACC conference is weak. This is the new reality for the ACC. You watered down your product with big east schools and now the computers are treating you like a big east school. Who’d a thunk it?

  4. sssjim7 says: Nov 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    I agree… I think Florida State should be ranked #4 now…

    And how is Clemson ranked below any 2 loss teams???

    Luckily the games next week (played on the field) can rectify this… IF Florida State beats Florida and Clemson beats USC then they should both jump way up in the polls…

    If they don’t win, then I guess I’ll have to admit the computers were right…

    We will see next week…
    ~Jim

  5. charles130 says: Nov 17, 2012 3:14 PM

    Drummerhoff must be a WVU fan to be this bitter about the ACC. I’m pretty sure FSU would put up 80 on West Virginia just like everyone else.

    I’m surprised they arent trying to get back into the Big East. Clearly they have no business being in the Big 12.

  6. wustlumdnj says: Nov 17, 2012 3:37 PM

    There is a lot of ridiculous going on here.

    Firstly, WVU is 2-4 in a Big XII that statistically is right up there with the SEC this year.

    Source: http://www.colleyrankings.com/curconf.html

    Two and four isn’t great, but it’s far from “doesn’t belong”. That’s hyperbolic.

    Secondly, I’m not sure why someone is being downvoted for stating that the computers don’t like FSU partially due to the poor performance of the ACC. That’s just a fact. The same above source shows the ACC 6th in conference rankings this year.

    Everyone should go to the below link and make a pretend game of FSU beating WVU to show how marginal that extra win would be

    http://www.colleyrankings.com/playgod.html

  7. floridascuba1 says: Nov 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    @drummerhoff

    You must be an SEC fan. Since they are over-rated. They play powder puff out of conference teams and use the “SEC Team” for strength. And have ESPN to help them out. UF ahead of FSU further proves my theory. No way can they barely beat weak schools and have the same record continue to be ahead of FSU.

  8. truefootballinsight says: Nov 17, 2012 10:49 PM

    ^ beats losing to a mediocre nc state.

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