ACC upset watch: Week 8

October, 18, 2011
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OK, so Duke didn’t beat Florida State, and Virginia Tech held its own against Wake Forest. If you’ll remember correctly, though, Georgia Tech-Virginia was No. 2 on last week’s list. That makes six straight weeks that one of the games from the upset watch has come to fruition. (Miami over Ohio State, Clemson over Florida State, Clemson over Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest over Florida State were all ranked No. 1 on this list. Central Florida over Boston College was No. 3.)

Will the streak continue?

Here are your top candidates for an upset this week:

1. No. 22 Georgia Tech at Miami: Quarterback Tevin Washington threw as many completions (two) as he scored rushing touchdowns. Virginia somehow found a way to hold Georgia Tech, which boasts one of the nation’s most productive offenses, to two scoreless quarters. Can Miami’s defense be as disciplined? Virginia ran all over the Yellow Jackets’ defense, but Miami had a hard time getting Lamar Miller going last weekend against North Carolina. If the Canes win this one, the Coastal Division door will be propped wide open.

2. NC State at Virginia: Neither team is ranked, but if the Wolfpack gets the road win, it will be NC State’s first ACC victory of the season. This is an under-the-radar game that will affect the conference standings, as Virginia is one of four teams in the Coastal Division with just one ACC loss. The Hoos are trying to turn their upset of Georgia Tech into something even more meaningful, but NC State has had a bye week and is hungry for a win. I know, it’s not really an upset, but I think NC State’s chances are greater than …

3. North Carolina at No. 7 Clemson: If this game were at UNC, it would probably be higher on the list, but Clemson returns to Death Valley after climbing out of an 18-point deficit against Maryland. That, and North Carolina hasn’t been very impressive this year in two losses to conference opponents. One of the best things UNC has going for it right now is its defense, which is holding opponents to 20.14 points per game. That will be tested by a Clemson offense averaging 38 points per game.

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