Week Seven ACC Predictions: Clemson-Wake Forest Highlights The Weekend

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2008

The ACC has had an interesting season to say the least.  Clemson and Virginia Tech, the two favorites to win their division, both lost in the first week of the season.  Wake Forest, now atop the Atlantic Division in the ACC, lost to Navy two weeks ago.  To top it off, Maryland beat Clemson one week and then was blown out by Virginia the next.  This is an unpredictable conference, but here are this weeks picks.

Wake Forest 17, Clemson 13

Expect this to be more of a defensive battle as both teams have very good defenses.  Clemson has not lived up to the hype so far this season, and their offense has struggled at times.  Riley Skinner looked very good in his first three games, but then threw four interceptions against Navy.  This should be a good game, and the winner will likely represent the Atlantic Division in the ACC Championship.

East Carolina 27, UVA 10

Virginia is coming off a big 31-point win over Maryland, but I don't see them repeating that performance against East Carolina this week.  Maryland has been incredibly inconsistent so far this season, and UVA has been down-right awful for most of it.  Patrick Pinkney and Company should be too much for the Wahoos to handle.

Georgia Tech 56, Gardner-Webb 0

Not much to say about this one, other than it won't be close.

North Carolina 35, Notre Dame 34

This should be an interesting match-up.  Both teams are 4-1, with good wins and tough losses.  Notre Dame has beaten Michigan and Purdue, while losing to Michigan State.  North Carolina has downed UCONN and Miami, but lost to Virginia Tech.  A few points should be scored in this one, but I think North Carolina's defense will make just enough plays to hold off Jimmy Clausen and Armando Allen.

Miami 35, UCF 7

Miami should get over the hump in this one.  They've played good the last couple of weeks, but haven't been able to come out on top.  They fell way behind to Florida State, but made a strong comeback, and prior to that loss they fell to UNC on a touchdown drive in the final minute.  Robert Marve and this young Miami defense should be too much for UCF to handle.