Dabo Swinney added BYOG -- Bring Your Own Guts -- to the college football lexicon in the moments after No. 12 Clemson's win over No. 6 Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Duke and Boston College played to a score -- 9-7 -- better suited for the American League East and Virginia Tech's bowl streak could be in jeopardy. These are the teams, players and trends on the rise and fall in the ACC after Week 5. -- Cory McCartney
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UP: Clemson's CFP hopes
With all the chaos that reigned in the top 10 this week, Clemson's 24-22 win over No. 6 Notre Dame succeeded in giving the ACC a signature victory and thrust the Tigers into the College Football Playoff conversation. Deshaun Watson was, is and will continue to be the face of this current team, but Brent Venables' defense impressed, racking up nine tackles for loss. Clemson grown under Dabo Swinney, beating the likes of Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU and now the Irish. Drop Florida State, whom it has beaten once since 2009, and which stands as the biggest foreseeable hurdle on the schedule, and the Tigers are set up to make even bigger strides.
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DOWN: NC State's defense
Now, Dave Doeren has to go into rapid response mode. For the second straight season, a 4-0 start was halted by the start of ACC play as the Wolfpack fell to Louisville 20-13. Most concerning here was a defense, which came into the Week 5 ranked third in the nation, gave up 203 yards on the ground -- or almost the entire 205.8 the first four opponents averaged -- and allowed 306 overall. Now facing a shortened week with a trip to Virginia Tech on Friday night, it's imperative that NC State take advantage of the struggling Hokies as the schedule only increases in difficulty over the next month.
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UP: UNC's Marquise Williams
Benched against FCS opponent Delaware in Week 4, Marquise Williams responded by running for 148 yards and two touchdowns, passing for 134 yards, oh, and he had a receiving touchdown, too in the 38-31 win over Georgia Tech. He helped the Tar Heels overcome a school-record 21-point deficit, and with a schedule that includes home games with Duke and Miami -- and more importantly is missing Atlantic powers Clemson and Florida State -- provided the kind of play that could make the Heels a contender in the seemingly wide-open Coastal.
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DOWN: Florida State's offense
Dalvin Cook began his the 24-16 win over Wake Forest with a 94-yard TD run on his first carry, but ended it with a left leg injury that kept him out the last three quarters. Along with his Heisman Trophy campaign -- only two winners in history have won while missing a game -- the Seminoles' CFP hopes lie in the balance if they will be without their most prolific offensive weapon and have to rely more on Everett Golson and what has been erratic decision-making.
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UP: Boston College's top-ranked D
Let's be frank: the Eagles offense is a mess. They didn't complete a pass in the first half of the 9-7 loss to Duke, and while they finished with 141 yards passing, 66 of those came on Troy Flutie's TD pass to Thadd Smith in the third quarter. That defense, though, is another matter. It ranks first in the nation in six different major statistical categories, including total defense (140.0), and is third in points allowed (8.0). With the offense's struggles, it will likely be on that D to continue keep Boston College in games against Wake Forest, Clemson and Louisville in the coming weeks.
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DOWN: Bowl hopes of Virginia Tech
It's not just that the Hokies are 2-3 after being anointed as one of the Coastal favorites, it's how much the offense is struggling. They had just 100 total yards of offense in a 17-13 loss to Pitt, which included just nine yards on the ground. Holders of the second-longest active bowl streak at 22 consecutive years, getting those last four wins will be a challenge as Frank Beamer's crew faces just two teams that currently have more than one loss (Boston College and Virginia) the remainder of the season.