ACC Game Predictions: Week Three
Never a dull moment in the ACC, last week's supposedly bland slate of games was charged with comebacks, close-calls, and a few offensive explosions making for a surprisingly exciting week two.
However, if last weekend got you juiced up, get ready for a sensational encore starting Thursday night when No. 13 Georgia Tech squares off with No. 20 Miami in LandShark Stadium with serious Coastal division implications on the line.
I'm happy to say I went a perfect 10-for-10 in week 2, though a few games didn't exactly go as expected. Hopefully I can keep things rolling in this weekend.
Week Three Predictions:
Georgia Tech 30, Miami 34: The ACC's first two conference games have already been called instant classics by some; I think the trend continues when two of the teams involved in those games clash Thursday night in Miami. Last year, Georgia Tech beat up on the Hurricanes, but with 10 days to prepare, Clemson proving the option can be stopped, and their success on Thursday nights, Miami has a few reasons to feel confident.
Boston College 21, Clemson 27: Boston College has rocked their first two opponents, but they haven't really been tested like Clemson was last Thursday night. After being virtually run off the field in the first quarter and falling behind 24-0, Clemson showed some real toughness in coming back to almost beat the Yellow Jackets on the road. Boston College will give them a good game, but I like the Tigers in Death Valley.
Duke 24, Kansas 34: Vegas has Kansas as more than three touchdown favorites over Duke, and clearly don't have the same faith in the Blue Devils as I do. While I believe Duke will keep the game closer than that and actually has a chance to shock the 22nd ranked Jayhawks, I can't bring myself to pick them on the road.
East Carolina 21, North Carolina 35: Senior quarterback Patrick Pinkney and his Pirates are certainly no stranger to playing underdog against ranked teams, and they're not scared of playing anyone, anywhere. That said I think North Carolina has too much defense and enough offense to take care of East Carolina on Saturday.
Virginia 20, Southern Miss 38: Virginia has looked lost in their first two games, only showing signs of life in the fourth quarter against TCU last Saturday. Now they must travel to play Southern Miss, a very dangerous team not enough people know about and unfortunately for Al Groh, aren't likely to take any of the heat off his seat.
Middle Tennessee State 13, Maryland 27: Last year Middle Tennessee shocked the Terrapins 24-14, now Maryland has a chance not only for revenge but to also start figuring out who their team is. Maryland has been anything but good in their first two games, but I still believe the Terps are better than they've looked.
Nebraska 24, Virginia Tech 34: A lot has been said about Nebraska's seventh ranked scoring defense that has allowed a mere 12 points total, but they haven't seen the toughest competition to really legitimize that ranking. Now they travel to a hostile Lane Stadium to face a Virginia Tech team that has been battle tested by Alabama and owns the nation's 13th ranked rushing offense, while Nebraska's rushing defense ranks in the bottom half of the country despite playing Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State.
Gardner-Webb 13, NC State 45: NC State had a 65-point explosion last Saturday over Murray State, after a mere three point outing against South Carolina in week one. After two games its hard to tell just how good the Wolfpack's offense is, and Gardner-Webb probably won't offer much more insight.
Elon 24, Wake Forest 35: Elon has been dominant in their first two games outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 97-7, but that was against Davidson and Presbyterian. Although the ACC has had some early trouble with FCS schools, Wake Forest is one of the conferences more experienced teams and should take care of Elon.
Florida State 35, BYU 31: On paper it looks like Max Hall could shred the Seminoles' secondary, and while I believe he'll have a great game, I think the real Florida State team is the one that showed up against Miami. BYU is going to score their points, but I think Christian Ponder does enough to surprise the Cougars and ruin their national title hopes.
Last week picks: 10-0
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