Miami-Georgia Tech Highlights Week 13 in the ACC

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent INovember 19, 2008

There are a lot of critical ACC matchups in week 13 that have huge ACC Championship implications.  Here are my predictions.



Georgia Tech 17, Miami 16


This game is set to display the parity within the ACC this season.  Georgia Tech has to win their remaining conference games, and get a lot of help from other teams in order to make it to the championship game.  If Miami wins out, they're in.  The Georgia Tech offense will be able to run on this stout Miami run defense, and beat the 'Canes in a defensive battle.



North Carolina 38, N.C. State 20



The Tar Heels are playing too well for N.C. State to beat them right now.  Russell Wilson has played well in the last couple of games, and N.C. State won't be an easy opponent.  Look for Cam Sexton and Shaughn Draun to have big days against this N.C. State defense, and lead the Tar Heels to victory.



Clemson 38, Virginia 31


At the beginning of the season, nobody thought Clemson would be in this situation.  However, Dabo Swinney has the Tigers playing solid football right now, and Virginia has begun to fade in the past few weeks.  C.J. Spiller and James Davis will lead the way for the Tigers as they win a close one in Charlottesville.



Boston College 30, Wake Forest 20


Boston College is playing very good football right now, coming off their win last week against Florida State. The week before that, they shut out Notre Dame.  Wake Forest is going in the opposite direction, coming off their loss against N.C. State.  Chris Crane and Montel Harris should pave the way to another Eagles victory.



Virginia Tech 35, Duke 20


Virginia Tech should win this game; however, it's not guaranteed.  The Hokies seem to be falling apart in more ways than one.  It's not often you hear of defensive players in college football criticizing the offensive coordinator.  Virginia Tech needs to run the ball effectively against the Blue Devils, who allow over 145 rushing yards per game.  This should mean big things for Darren Evans and company.



Maryland 35, Florida State 32


Maryland plays very well at home, and I expect them to win another close one this week.  I picked them over North Carolina last week, because this is a completely different team when they're playing in College Park.  Florida State is better than North Carolina, and could have a big day on the ground against Maryland.  Maryland will have to play good rush defense against a mobile quarterback and good running back to come out on top.