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By Carlos Pineda
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Despite having a bye, Miami moved up in the polls to 10th, giving the ACC three teams in the top 10.

No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14 — Next week is the biggest game in the recent history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Boston College almost spoiled the party on Saturday. It took a 14-10 lead into the fourth quarter before Clemson scored twice to get the 10-point victory. Tajh Boyd passed and rushed for a touchdown — including the go-ahead TD early in the fourth quarter. He passed for 334 yards.

The Tigers defense only gave up 286 yards of total offense and held the Eagles to a pair of touchdowns in the second and third quarters of the game. National sack leader Vic Beasley secured the win when he recovered a Chase Rettig fumble and took it in for a touchdown. Clemson enters the Florida State game with a 6-0 record.

All eyes will be on Death Valley next week as the winner is sure to have the inside track in the Atlantic Division race.

No. 24 Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 9 — The Hokies jumped out to a 10-0 lead and their defense took care of the rest as they improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. Quarterback Logan Thomas completed 19 of 34 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, while Pitt was held to 210 yards of total offense, including 23 rushing yards. Quarterback Tom Savage was sacked eight times. 

Post-Game Reaction

— Going cross country proved to be a bad idea in the case of Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lost to BYU for the second straight season and have now lost three in a row after a promising 3-0 start to the regular season. Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill passed for 244 yards as Georgia Tech lost 38-20. The Jackets rushed for 242 yards but turned the ball over twice.

— Maryland rebounded from a demoralizing loss to Florida State last week by getting a 27-26 win over Virginia. Caleb Rowe threw for 332 yards as the Terrapins picked up their first league win of the year. The team is looking good with a 5-1 record.

— With the new AP top 25 poll out, Death Valley will host a top-five matchup next week as the Seminoles moved up a spot to fifth. Despite having a bye, the Hurricanes moved up in the polls to 10th, giving the ACC three teams in the top 10. Only the Southeastern Conference has three teams also ranked in the top 10.

Carlos Pineda - Carlos Pineda is a featured writer for Southern Pigskin. He covered the UCF Knights football team for Florida Today in 2010. Carlos' work has been published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Business Journal. He attended the University of Central Florida. Follow Carlos on Twitter @CarlosFPineda.