Conference Play Heats Up in Week Five

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 3:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The ACC has had an up and down season thus far.  Virginia Tech is again the class of the conference, Miami still has to prove that the "U is back", and NC State looks to continue their winning streak after an opening day loss.

Here are my predictions for week five in the ACC:

Virginia Tech 52, Duke 3

One name, Ryan Williams.  Williams will run wild against the Blue Devils, and by the time Duke looks up it will be 21-0.  This game will not go like last year's 14-3 performance by the Hokies, and it will likely be decided by halftime.


Clemson 31, Maryland 10

The Tigers are still a hard team to figure out, and C.J. Spiller has had a fairly disappointing season thus far.  Kyle Parker is playing pretty well, but Dabo Swinney continues to use a two-quarterback system.  Clemson won't struggle with Maryland, but they still have a few question marks heading into the rest of the season.


North Carolina 20, Virginia 6

This game is going to be painful to watch.  North Carolina has a good defense, but offensively, when challenged, they have consistently failed this season.  Everyone keeps trying to give Virginia a win this year, but unless they beat Duke or Maryland the Wahoo's may go winless.  So far, both of these teams have been very disappointing.


Florida State 31, Boston College 20

I guess Florida State will win if they decide they want to play on Saturday.  This team has been so inconsistent this season it's been embarrassing.  They seem undisciplined, they lack focus and it shows when they struggle with Jacksonville State and go down to South Florida. 

Boston College is honoring now cancer-free linebacker Mark Herzlich before the game, so look for a motivated Boston College team to stay motivated and maybe surprise the Seminoles and gain some momentum heading into Blacksburg next week.


NC State 35, Wake Forest 24

Both teams have decent defenses, but only one team has Russell Wilson.  I love Riley Skinner, but Wilson continues to amaze.  The Sophomore has thrown only one interception in his career, set the NCAA record for most pass attempts without throwing a pick, and has thrown 12 touchdowns already this season.

This will be the Wolfpacks' first conference game of the year, and they don't have an overwhelmingly difficult schedule before playing the Hokies in Blacksburg, which could also be an ACC Championship game matchup in early December.


Georgia Tech 31, Mississippi State 17

I hope for the sake of the ACC Georgia Tech decides to show up for this one.  After getting pounced by Miami the Yellow Jackets stung the Tar Heels, but North Carolina seems like they were a little overrated entering the year.

The Yellow Jackets will want to win their next two games, they play Florida State next week, so they can host the likely undefeated Hokies in Atlanta in two weeks with only one conference loss.  That game will probably decide the Coastal Division winner, if the Yellow Jackets can play more consistently.


Oklahoma 45, Miami 34

I'm not expecting a whole lot of defense in this one, as both teams have very good offenses and weaker defenses.  If Miami came out and won this game it would be huge for the conference, and bring a lot of respect to the ACC, I just don't see it happening. 

Randy Shannon will have to do a great job of motivating his team after a lackluster performance last week in Blacksburg.