Call this a Survivor week in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Top-ranked Clemson needed all of its skills and some of its luck to avoid having Syracuse spoil an unbeaten season for the second straight year.

In Louisville, Florida State needed a gift or a brain fart from Cardinal coach Bobby Petrino to avoid an 0-3 start in the ACC for only the 2nd time in history.

And at BC, well BC scored more points than Temple in its final non-conference game of the season, but it would be a bit of stretch to say that the Eagles’ really beat the Owls who were ready to hoot until the final few minutes.

The story of the week was in Clemson where Death Valley looked aptly named–for the Tigers–until the final few minutes.

The week began with controversy when senior Clemson QB Kelly Bryant was demoted by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney who thought the Tigers best chance to win the national championship was with freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Fine, said Bryant, who had used up his four game eligibility quota of playing this season without losing a year of eligibility (a new NCAA rule, expanded the window from 1 to 4 games).

Well, not fine. Bryant said he would transfer–like right now. And he was gone, which left Clemson with one experienced QB.  The only real danger, conceded Swinney, would  be if Lawrence got hurt. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.