Virginia Tech-Florida State Highlights Week Nine in the ACC

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IJune 26, 2016

The ACC took a hit last week, with all three of its ranked teams losing to unranked conference opponents.  Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and North Carolina were the victims, and all fell out of the AP Top 25. 

Florida State, Boston College, and Georgia Tech took advantage and are now ranked for the first time this season.

Week Nine should be even tougher to predict than last week because half of the teams in this conference seemingly come to play only when they want to.  Here's a look at Week Nine in the ACC.


Boston College 24, North Carolina 20

Boston College is coming off their big win against Virginia Tech last week, and North Carolina fell victim to Virginia in overtime.  Virginia has been playing good football in the last four weeks, but North Carolina should have won this game. However, bad play calling down the stretch cost them.

Boston College won't be looking past the Tar Heels, and Chris Crane and company should come out on top.


Vanderbilt 35, Duke 17

Vandy has had a couple of tough weeks recently, but they're still a good football team.  Duke has slipped in the last two weeks, and they just don't have the team this year to compete with Vanderbilt.  Duke is progressing, but for now, they're still Duke.


Georgia Tech 31, Virginia 20

Yes, Virginia has been playing good football in recent weeks, but Georgia Tech will be the best team they've faced all season.  Expect Paul Johnson and Al Groh to have their teams ready for this one, as it has huge implications in the ACC Coastal Division.  For now, Georgia Tech leads by a half-game over Virginia Tech, and Virginia is within striking distance.

This game will be close for a while, but Marc Verica will make too many mistakes with a lot of pressure from the Georgia Tech defensive line.  Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer should be able to run well against this UVA defense, and expect Nesbitt to catch the secondary off guard with a couple of big passing plays.


Maryland 35, NC State 24

Maryland has been the most erratic team in college football this year.  When you expect them to win, they lose, and when you expect them to get dominated, they dominate.  What this means is they will probably lose this week to NC State.

If Russell Wilson has a good game, the Wolfpack will be in it late.  Chris Turner should make enough plays for the Terrapins to come out of top in this one.


Wake Forest 13, Miami 12

Wake Forest is a better team than Miami at the moment.  Wake hasn't played a great game since they beat Mississippi, and that wasn't a stellar performance.

This team relies heavily on two things: defensive production and Riley Skinner.  If Skinner plays bad, Wake has no chance of winning.  This often affects the defense, because if Skinner is struggling, the defense is on the field for most of the game, and they become fatigued as the game wears on.

Miami has two young quarterbacks in Robert Marve and Jacory Harris, and it seems only one can play well each week.  Miami will keep this close, but the Wake defense will be too much for this young offense to handle.


Florida State 16, Virginia Tech 9

This game should be all about the defense.  If Virginia Tech wants to win this game, they might want to make it into the red zone at least one time this week.  Florida State has a good defense and will need that to carry them against the Hokies.

Virginia Tech will have to limit the big plays from Antone Smith, who should be the only thing that gives them trouble from this Seminole offense.

If Christian Ponder makes a lot of mistakes, Virginia Tech could take advantage of them by scoring on defense.  This is really the only shot the Hokies have of winning, unless the defense shuts out Florida State.  Virginia Tech can't move the ball offensively, and Beamer has struggled in the past with Florida State.