The ACC Looks to Rebound In Week Two

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson University Tigers runs down the field during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

After a disappointing first week, including two losses to FCS schools, the ACC is trying to look forward without looking back. ACC teams lost every game against major BCS conferences (SEC, Pac-10, Big 12), and two games to FCS opponents. Yikes!

The best game in week one was Miami-Florida State, but after the game you would have to question the defense of both teams.  At least the week ended on a positive note.

Here are my predictions for week two:


Clemson 28, Georgia Tech 17

I know that Georgia Tech is a sexy pick right now, but after talking to Georgia Tech fans about their performance last week there seems to be some concern.  My biggest problem with Georgia Tech is their defense, and I expect C.J. Spiller to have a field day against the Yellow Jackets.


North Carolina 35, UConn 21

North Carolina will win this game because of their defense.  Connecticut doesn't have the talent on either side of the ball that the Tar Heels have, and I expect T.J. Yates to have a better game this week than he did last week.

Expect North Carolina to pound the ball with Shaun Draughn.


Wake Forest 24, Stanford 13

Turnovers seemed to be the story for the Demon Deacons against Baylor.  Riley Skinner threw three interceptions, and he will have to limit his mistakes this season if Wake Forest is going to have any kind of success. 

Stanford is led by freshman Andrew Luck, and the Cardinals dominated Washington State last week.

But Wake is a stronger opponent.  Look for the Wake Forest defense to have some success against the freshman.


Duke 24, Army 19

Duke lost to FCS Champion Richmond last week, and I believe Richmond is a better team than Army. David Cutcliffe should have his guys ready to go against Army, and for the sake of the ACC, I hope they come out on top.


Virginia Tech 31, Marshall 9

It should be an emotional beginning to the game as Virginia Tech is honoring their first ever All-American. Frank Loria was an assistant coach for Marshall in 1970, which is when the team plane crashed on their way back from a game. 

The Hokies will look to get going on offense this week, but I'm not expecting huge strides.  I hope I'm wrong, but if the Hokies don't play great on offense there should be reason for concern in Blacksburg.


Boston College 24, Kent State 23

I'm expecting the Golden Flashes to give the Eagles a good game in this one. Boston College did beat Northeastern 54-0, but Kent State will be a tougher matchup. I think Boston College still wins, but their many weaknesses should be evident in this one.


TCU 56, Virginia 3

Virginia really embarrassed themselves last week and took the ACC along for the ride.  William & Mary? You've got to be kidding me. 

Virginia had, count them, seven turnovers against an FCS opponent, lost by 12, and allowed the Tribe to dominate the time of possession. So what does that mean this week? 

Let's just say it won't go well at Scott Stadium on Saturday when the Cavs face a top 25 team.


Florida State 63, Jacksonville State 7

Florida State's offense looked really good, minus the dropped pass in the end zone when time expired against Miami on Monday night. 

The Seminoles won't have any issues in this one, and it will still be difficult to have a feel for how good their defense is going to be. There were a lot of open receivers in the secondary against Miami.


Maryland 28, James Madison 10

I'm a little concerned about this game just because the ACC has made a joke of itself against FCS opponents so far this season. Chris Turner should be way to much for the Dukes to handle, but James Madison is a good football team and should find themselves in this one for a couple of quarters.


NC State 45, Murray State 14

NC State will look to score more than a field goal this week. The Wolfpack struggled offensively against South Carolina, but their defense looked strong. 

Russell Wilson and Co. should be able to get on the board a few times, and I would also like to see Mike Glennon get some action. 

Glennon is the younger brother of the infamous Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon for those of you that didn't know.