No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.
Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt began this time under center with a flurry of success against subpar opponents. Unfortunately, he crashed back down to earth a bit this weekend against Clemson, though, and with that has also reset expectations on him a bit. Of course, not all of his struggles — he went 8-for-24 passing, with 0 TD, 3 INTs and just 109 total yards — are his fault. He also dealt with a porous defense forcing him to play from behind, an offensive line that regularly (somehow) lost track of Vic Beasley and atrocious play-calling. But nonetheless, he’s the quarterback and it’s ultimately his responsibility to move the ball down the field and execute. The team was awful on third down and couldn’t execute in the red zone either. The interceptions were uncharacteristic of his early efforts, but these things can also be ironed out over time. We’re not piling on Hunt for playing a bad game against the third-ranked team in the nation at all. Just saying that compared to the rest of the ACC’s players this weekend, he had one of the worst games of any key player. Best thing he can do? Just rebound next week.
Syracuse Orange secondary (allowed 468 passing yards and five touchdowns)
Maryland Terrapins defense (allowed 614 offensive yards and 63 points)