With the results of two games early Saturday afternoon, the fate of three teams in Atlantic Coast Conference were greatly affected.
First and foremost, the No. 22 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were arguably the least talked about team in college football despite an impressive 9-2 record.
Georgia Tech dominated the No. 19 Clemson Tigers Saturday. The Yellow Jackets’ offense amassed 353 total yards during the 28-6 victory.
I realize Clemson is w/o Watson, but Paul Johnson should be getting consideration for ACC COY. Nobody had this team w/9 Ws b4 season.
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) November 15, 2014
The Yellow Jackets were aided by an injury to Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who reportedly tore an ACL during the game, and backup signal-caller Cole Stoudt tossing a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s loss officially handed the ACC Atlanta division to the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles — although, it was more of a formality than anything else.
So with Clemson’s loss, Florida State is the 2014 ACC Atlantic Division champs. For third straight year. And fourth out of five.
— Corey Clark/TDO.com (@Corey_Clark) November 15, 2014
As Georgia Tech dominated all phases of the game against Clemson, Paul Johnson‘s squad positioned itself well within the ACC. The Yellow Jackets finished their conference schedule with a 6-2 record and only the rival Georgia Bulldogs still on the docket this season.
Despite Georgia Tech’s impressive performance, the Duke Blue Devils still own the lead in the ACC Coastal division.
However, Duke only retains the lead in the ACC Coastal due to tie-breakers after losing to the Virginia Tech Hokies 17-16. The Blue Devils had a chance to move 5-1 in the conference, but junior kicker Ross Martin missed the potential game-winning field goal attempt with less than three minutes remaining in the contest.
With the loss, Duke is now 4-2 in conference play with games against the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons still on the schedule. David Cutcliffe‘s squad can’t trip up over the next two weeks or Georgia Tech will earn a trip to the ACC Championship Game.
The Miami Hurricanes at 3-2 in the conference are still alive as well and could technically win the ACC Coastal, but a meeting with the Seminoles Saturday night will make that a difficult proposition.
Overall, Georgia Tech became the biggest winner in the ACC Saturday, while Duke is hanging on for dear life atop the ACC Coastal standings.