2017 ACC Football: Coastal Division Power Rankings week 7

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 14: Michael Carter
CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 14: Michael Carter /
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 14: Patrice Rene
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 14: Patrice Rene /

I Don’t Want this Night to End

This is got to be how Bronco Mendenhall and the Virginia Cavaliers feel. The team is 5-1 and looking to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. This is also the most wins Virginia has had in a season since 2014.

The Cavaliers also control their destiny and are one of only two teams that are undefeated in conference play in the ACC Coastal.

Virginia is getting good play from their quarterback Kurt Benkert who finished with 249 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina. Benkert also completed 61 percent of his passes, though he also had a fumble that gave the Tar Heels a shot to win the game.

Virginia also got a huge game from their running back Jordan Ellis. Ellis had been on the cusp of a 100-yard rushing game his past three contests, hitting 90 something each game. Against UNC he finally broke out though with 136 yards on 27 carries.

The Cavaliers defense also looked strong. They finished the game with three interceptions and two sacks against the North Carolina offense.

Things are going good, so why would anyone want that to end? That is exactly what Coach Mendenhall is thinking as he prepares his team for Boston College. The Eagles are coming off an upset over Louisville and probably don’t want that feeling to end either.

Virginia Tech was on bye this week, but like their Commonwealth brethren probably also don’t want the night to end. Of course, the Hokies night is two seasons in the making and is on the verge of breaking out big time.

After getting a week to rest, Josh Jackson and Cam Phillips will be ready to go against a North Carolina team that is 95th nationally in yards per attempt.