Another day, another 'A' for Cutcliffe
Posted October 28, 2013
David Cutcliffe, Duke, A: For their latest trick, the Blue Devils merely go to Virginia Tech and beat the heavily favored Hokies at their own game.
When the final score is 13-10, Frank Beamer usually wins and practically every time the game ends with such a low scoring total in Blacksburg. That’s where Cutcliffe has taken Duke _ to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
Duke stuns No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10
You have to believe more than one or two schools – Virginia maybe – have him at the top of their next-coach shopping list.
It sounds totally illogical but not one of the Devils’ final four games – N.C. State and Miami in Durham, at Wake Forest and at UNC – is a locked loss. And if there aren’t a lot of Duke fans in Wade Stadium for the games against State (Nov. 9) and Miami (Nov. 16), who could possibly blame Cutcliffe for exploring his options?
Previous grades: Three As, 2 Bs, one C, one D.
Larry Fedora, UNC, A: Saturday’s 34-10 win over Boston College in Chapel Hill was finally the sort of performance/outcome that was generally expected of the Tar Heels in preseason.
One win after a 1-5 first half doesn’t mean the Heels have pulled a 180 on a dime, but it does make Saturday’s game at State (12:30, WRAL) look a good deal more manageable.
UNC snaps 4-game slide by beating BC, 34-10
Boston College is basically a one-dimensional offensive team and running back Andre Williams did some damage, but Carolina’s defense didn’t collapse. Bryn Renner quietly completed 18 of 21 passes for two touchdowns. He was sacked four times but didn’t throw an interception.
Previous grades: One B, one C, four Ds.
Dave Doeren, N.C. State, D: Maybe the 49-17 loss at Florida State eventually will turn out to be the low point of Doeren’s experience with the Wolfpack.
No one expected a win, but there was reason to believe the Pack could put up enough of a fight to keep it interesting for a while.
No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17
Instead, State’s players almost seemed scared and surrendered immediately. You could see the Seminoles getting bored after only one quarter and a 35-0 lead.
In a way, maybe it’s good the first-year coach that his team gets back home – homecoming no less – for a game against its arch rival.
With the Pack at 0-4 in the ACC and 3-4 overall and the Heels at 2-5, 1-3, this Carolina-State game won’t come with any bells and whistles, but it should be more than enough in State’s camp to allow the players to forget about the trip to Tallahassee.
Previous grades: Three Bs, one c, two Ds.
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers, A: With his job still on the line, Rivera is getting the most positive response from his team since his arrival in 2011.
Newton throws for 2 TDs, Panthers beat Bucs 31-13
Thursday’s 31-13 win at Tampa Bay was another impressive performance on all fronts, and there’s no compelling reason to believe the record won’t improve to 5-3 after Sunday’s game against Atlanta in Charlotte.
But something to keep in mind is that the four Panthers’ victims have a combined 6-23 record entering the St. Louis (3-4) game against Seattle (6-1) Monday night.
Previous grades: Three As, one C, one D, one F.