The title refers to the relative chaos that can be found in the ACC’s Coastal Division. While the Atlantic Division might come down to the November 12 matchup of Clemson and Wake Forest, the Coastal Division features all six teams within two games of the leader, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Of course, both Clemson and Wake have a bit of unfinished business to tend to before that happens. For the Tigers, they have to get by the pesky triple option offense of Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest must deal with the North Carolina Tar Heels before going out of conference and hosting Notre Dame the following week. Every other team in the Atlantic Division would need something between a boatload of help (Florida State, North Carolina State, Maryland) or divine intervention (Boston College) to get a sniff of the division crown.
That isn’t the case in the Coastal. Six games into the season, the team to beat was the Yellow Jackets. That golden glow has since faded, having absorbed two successive defeats at the hands of Virginia and Miami-with the Hurricanes holding the once high-powered Georgia Tech offense to 7 points. The Jackets now must attempt to right the ship against the best team in the conference. Even with the two defeats, Georgia Tech sits just a half-game behind the Hokies, who have come on strong since suffering their own loss to Clemson. Virginia Tech now is riding a three-game winning streak that has brought them to the top of the division, at least for now. Saturday they head down to Durham to face a Duke team looking to make some noise of its own in the division. As for the Hurricanes they are on a winning streak of their own, now having won two in a row to even their conference record at 2-2. They will do battle tomorrow night at home against the Virginia Cavaliers, with both teams needing to win to remain relevant in the Coastal division. The Cavs seem are an up and down team-they followed their upset over the Yellow Jackets by losing to the Wolfpack, giving N.C. State its first conference win of the season. They will need to be more consistent if they want to leave Miami with a victory. That leaves the Tar Heels, now at the bottom of the division with three conference losses. Though there is no shame in losing to Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami, it raises the stakes for Saturday’s matchup against the Demon Deacons. One more loss and the Heels will be all but written out of the Coastal Division story. Even with a win, they will need a bit of help to get back to the top.
In addition to the previously mentioned Clemson-Georgia Tech and Wake Forest-North Carolina games, Maryland faces a Boston College team looking for its first conference win, and Florida State hosts the Wolfpack to round out the schedule.