Week Six ACC Predictions: Florida State-Miami Highlights the Weekend

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2008

The ACC had some good and a lot of bad last week.  Virginia Tech won a huge game against Nebraska, and Wake Forest lost to Navy.  On top of it, one of the preseason favorites to win the ACC, Clemson, went down to Maryland.

Week Six should be easier to predict, but with the way the ACC has been this year there's no way to tell.  Here are my Week Six predictions.


North Carolina 35, Connecticut 21

Cam Sexton showed great progress through last week's game against Miami and should help the Tar Heels beat Connecticut this week.  Greg Little should help stabilize the UNC offense, which should have a big day against the No. 24 Huskies.

Connecticut has lost starting quarterback Tyler Lorenzen for about eight weeks, and this won't help matters against a rising ACC team.  I just can't pick a team to win that only beat Temple by three.


Boston College 24, NC State 20

Boston College is a tough team to judge.  They're 3-1 through four games, but two of those wins came against Kent State and Rhode Island.  They lost a close game to Georgia Tech, but destroyed UCF.  If Chris Crane plays a good game, I think it will be tough for NC State to win.

If Russell Wilson is good to go for the Wolfpack, they will be in it until the end.  Wilson is a very athletic quarterback who is also a decent passer.  However, outside of Wilson, NC State just isn't very good, plus he's injury prone.  If he does play, there's no guarantee he'll finish the game.

Boston College wins it in a close one.


Duke 28, Georgia Tech 27

That's right—Duke will win their second ACC game in back-to-back weeks after losing 25 in a row.  Georgia Tech is much better than Virginia, but it's not like Duke won by a field goal.  Thaddeus Lewis will have to limit the mistakes against a tough Georgia Tech defense, and if he does, I expect Duke to win their fourth game of the season.


Virginia Tech 45, Western Kentucky 3

The Hokies seem to be coming along in their offense.  Frank Beamer has his incredibly young team heading in the right direction, and the offensive play calling has been better the past couple of weeks.

Expect Tyrod Taylor to throw his first touchdown pass of the season in this one, as the Hokies try to improve their offense with the toughest part of their schedule coming up.  This will also give Dorian Porch time to acclimate himself to the starting role, as starting rover Davon Morgan tore his ACL against Nebraska.

If the Hokies can put up 35 against Nebraska, I don't think 45 points is a stretch against the Hilltoppers.


Miami 21, Florida State 17

This is the game of the week in the ACC.  This game doesn't have the prime time draw that it did in the past, but these are two former powers on the rise.  I expect the defenses to hold each other's offenses in check for most of the game.

If Robert Marve plays quarterback majority of the time against Florida State, the Miami offense will find its comfort zone and be able to prevail over the Seminole defense.  Christian Ponder isn't very good, and this young athletic Miami defense may cause him problems.


Maryland 42, Virginia 3

Maryland is coming off a big win against Clemson last week, and Virginia is coming off an embarrassing game against Duke.

All bias aside, Virginia is one of the worst football teams I've ever seen.  They have scored a total of 36 points in four games, and 16 of them came against Richmond, which happens to be their highest offensive output this season.  They simply have no chance against Maryland. UVA probably won't win another game this season.