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 was not supposed to beat Northwestern on Saturday. They weren’t even supposed to come within a score of the ranked Wildcats. But what happened to the Orange in that contest was simply unacceptable for any major conference team — an embarrassing effort that left fans begging for change just two games into the young season. At the center of those shouts was its recently anointed starting quarterback, Drew Allen. The senior Oklahoma transfer was supposed to help ease the team’s transition under a new staff this year, but instead, he’s furthered a narrative of failure around the program (unfair over the last three seasons, with a 21-19 record and two bowl wins). On Saturday, Allen looked utterly incapable of making the reads expected of him, throwing four interceptions (giving him six on the year). The 279 passing yards were all for naught and an aberration of his true production. If Syracuse hopes to reverse the tide on this season, it may be time for a change sooner rather than later.
Syracuse secondary (375 yards, 4 TD allowed through the air)
NC State secondary (300 yards, 2 TD allowed through the air)
Pete Thomas, QB/NC State (284 total yards, 2 INT)