The ACC looks a bit different after last week with no more Tommy Bowden at Clemson. Virginia is playing better football, but Wake Forest and Virginia Tech remain at the top of their divisions.
Here are my predictions for Week Eight.
Florida State 35, NC State 17
Florida State has put up at least 39 points in every win they have this season. They should come close tonight because NC State has a pretty weak defense. Russell Wilson will try to lead the Wolfpack to victory, but the Seminole defense is too strong for the NC State offense.
Clemson 21, Georgia Tech 17
Honestly I would have picked Georgia Tech if they had beaten Gardner-Webb by more than three points last week, but I'm looking for Clemson to come out and make a statement.
Whether it's Willy Korn or Cullen Harper at quarterback, I'm looking for the Tigers to play inspired football and come out with a win. If not, Clemson will fall below .500 on the season.
Wake Forest 24, Maryland 20
This is probably the toughest game to call. These two teams are pretty inconsistent. Wake Forest had the unbelievable loss to Navy, and Maryland looks like a good team some weeks but also lost 31-0 to UVA. I'm expecting the Wake Forest defense to make the difference in this one.
North Carolina 42, UVA 17
Look for North Carolina to bring the Cavs back down to earth. Virginia was one of the worst-looking football teams I've ever seen through the first four games. Marc Verica has played pretty good the last two weeks, and Cedric Peerman has finally picked it up.
Yes Brandon Tate is out for the year, but his Tar Heel team has loads of talent and shouldn't miss a beat. Look for that Tar Heel defense to add to their NCAA-leading interception total as Verica has thrown seven picks in four starts.
Miami 35, Duke 13
Prior to last week, Miami had two heartbreaking losses in a row. North Carolina threw a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game to win by four, and Florida State was able to hold off the huge Miami comeback and win by two.
Miami is a young team, but Randy Shannon has them focused. Their young athletic defense should be too much for the Duke offense, and look for Robert Marve to put up big numbers.
Virginia Tech 27, Boston College 10
Virginia Tech has won five games in a row after the shocking loss to ECU in the season opener. Frank Beamer has done a phenomenal job with a very young team and has them competing every week. It isn't always pretty, but the Hokies always seem to come out on top.
Besides Georgia Tech, Boston College hasn't played a very good football team this season. The Virginia Tech defense will be too much for this Eagles offense, and look for the Hokie offense to have one of their best games moving the football this year.