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.
There were a lot of choices or very few choices for goat this week, depending on how you look at it, but Price — the leader of this weak Wake Forest offense — seems to fit the bill most of all. His 66 rushing yards were certainly an encouraging sign that maybe this spread option attack could be taking hold, though the rest of his performance left a lot to be desired. Against Army, he threw just 17 passes, with only six completions for just 132 yards, one touchdown and one interception. An extremely accurate passer earlier in his career, that time has now completely disappeared and this season, it is likely to hit a final new low. And all this after last week’s apparent revival where he threw for 310 yards. Whether he likes it or not, Price is the motor that runs this offense. While Wake Forest won on Saturday, they can’t expect to do so very often if he’s going to make a habit of being this inaccurate and inconsistent.
Duke Blue Devils defense (allowed 598 total yards and 58 points)
Brandon Connette, QB/Duke (21/32 passing, 424 total yards, 6 TD, 4 INT)