14. Syracuse Orange (4-4, 0-4):
If anyone needed an indicator of how it’s going for the Orange, they are averaging 8.5 points per game in ACC play. Head coach Dino Babers and his team can’t catch a break this year. They don’t have playable receivers because of injury. The offense is a mess because of injuries, which puts the defense in unwinnable situations.
13. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-6, 1-3):
The quit factor might be in play after Pat Narduzzi’s comments following a 58-7 thrashing at the hands of #12 Notre Dame:
Ironically, Narduzzi isn’t wrong. They don’t have the pass rushers they usually have upfront, and they haven’t found a replacement for Kenny Pickett or Jordan Addison — and they left two years ago. Israel Abanikanda was a revelation last year, and they don’t have a runner as explosive. However, coach, you can’t say that in public.
12. Virginia Cavaliers (2-6, 1-3):
Are things turning around in Charlottesville for Tony Elliot and the Cavaliers? A week after pulling the upset against the Tar Heels, UVA did not go quietly into that good night against Miami, falling in overtime. The V-Men are playing hard, and it has resulted in one win. Can they pull off one more upset?
11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4, 1-4):
Injuries have also hurt Wake Forest this season, especially along the lines of scrimmage. When you recruit the way Dave Clawson and the Deacons recruit, losing beef upfront can be a backbreaker to a season. It was apparent they were overmatched against #4Florida State on the lines of scrimmage last weekend. Let’s see if the Deacons can find two wins on their schedule.