We all know it wasn't because of the officials that we lost the uva game. This post is not an excuse. It is a statement of fact illustrating the basic lack of fundamentals acc officials have displayed this year.
I have a background in officiating, and feel that I bring a different perspective to the argument. I'm posting this without the benefit of film in front of me and just off the top of my head. I'm sure I will leave some calls out. So if you have a question about a call I didn't mention, just ask.
Just from the uva game:
1. On the incorrect spot following the sack. The spot following a sack like that is the responsibility of the referee (white hat). When he threw the flag for holding he forgot to hold his spot until it was covered by the lj. They actually spotted the ball at the spot of the foul WHEN THE PENALTY WAS DECLINED. Basic loss of fundamentals.
2. On the horsecollar that was not called. The side judge was in position to make this call, as it was his responsibility. The out of bounds spot is the responsibility of the lineman who is trailing the play. The sidejudge is to follow the play out of bounds, get to the players. Upon watching the replay it is not clear what the sidejudge is doing. He stands there, play in front of him, and as the players go out of bounds he doesn't even turn his head to watch them. He just continues to look straight down the sideline. In failing to do his job he doesn't even see the late hit/horsecollar tackle.
3. On the late completion by uva down inside the 10yd line where there was a flag, presumably for illegal formation, that was waived off. The formation was legal as there were at least 7 men on the los. There were by my count 9 players on the line. The far receiver may have been off, but is not of consequence here. On this play we had an ineligible receiver down field. The near side receiver is on the los, thus covering the end who is also on the los. The end goes down field for a pass, flag comes out, and after a lengthy discussion of which I can't remember the details, the flag is waived off. It appeared one official was adamantly explaining why there should have been no flag. Whatever, basic fundamentals that cost us points. The defense looked clearly confused on that play as they had trouble analyzing the situation when the coveted-up end went down field when at the snap it was obvious he was ineligible.
There were some more, I know, but these were the top three fundamental mistakes that are in my head right now. I also wish I had a better angle to see that field goal.