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Clemson at Georgia Tech highlights a less-than-enthralling week two in ACC play. However, that doesn't mean there aren't games worth taking a look at this weekend.
Last week I didn't pick the Thursday night matchup and went 6-4 with my picks. In my defense, who honestly saw the ACC losing two games to the Colonial Athletic Association?
Hopefully the ACC takes a little bit better care of business this weekend, here's predictions for week two.
Week Two Predictions:
Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 31: Clemson hasn't played very well in Atlanta recently and four days is just not enough time to prepare for Paul Johnson's triple-option. I think new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele gives the Tigers' defense a boost and they keep the game respectable, but Georgia Tech has just a little too much offense.
Stanford 17, Wake Forest 24: Wake Forest is a better team than the one that showed up to play Baylor last week, and I don't expect to see senior quarterback Riley Skinner throw three interceptions again. Like Baylor, Stanford is another underrated team, but I don't see a veteran Demon Deacon team losing Saturday.
Duke 27, Army 21: After losing 24-16 to FCS division Richmond, Duke travels to West Point probably needing to leave with a win to keep any bowl hopes they may have alive. Losing to Richmond is obviously not how Duke wanted to start the year, but the season is far from over and a win against Army would be a step in the right direction for the Blue Devils.
North Carolina 34, Connecticut 24: The Huskies are a much taller task for North Carolina than Citadel, but I just don't see Connecticut scoring enough points on a dominant UNC defense to upset the 19th ranked Tar Heels.
Marshall 9, Virginia Tech 41: After playing Alabama in Atlanta, Marshall shouldn't be much of a challenge for Virginia Tech at home. The Thundering Herd isn't a bad team, but they're definitely over-matched playing the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Kent State 17, Boston College 28: Kent State is not as bad as Northeastern so don't expect the Eagles to drop 50-plus points again, but Boston College is the better team and is playing at home; they should win comfortably.
TCU 38, Virginia 14: Virginia lost a lot of personnel from last year's team and it showed last weekend when the Cavaliers sadly lost to William & Mary. Al Groh's seat is already hot and with a dangerous TCU team paying Virginia a visit, he could desperately use a win; I don't see it happening though.
Jacksonville State 14, Florida State 38: Jacksonville State is happy to have quarterback Ryan Perrilloux back, who was good enough to play for LSU at one point, but he's not enough for the Gamecocks to cause FSU many problems. The Seminoles just have to be careful not to get caught looking ahead to number nine BYU.
Murray State 10, NC State 35: NC State had all sorts of trouble scoring on South Carolina last Thursday, but should have an easier time when Murray State comes to town. Quarterback Russell Wilson was one of the best in the ACC last year, bank on him throwing for more than 76 yards and no touchdowns on Saturday.
James Madison 13, Maryland 27: Maryland was embarrassed last week when Cal rocked them 52-13, and have a history playing down to their competition, but I think they get back on track Saturday. JMU is another one of those feisty CAA teams looking for their shot at the ACC, but Maryland should have enough talent on the field to win at home.