Week 3 ACC predictions
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
OK, so my scores haven't always been dead-on, but I'm 17-4 with the picks heading into this week. (Games I missed were BC/Georgia Tech, Maryland/Middle Tennessee, Virginia Tech/ECU and Clemson/Alabama).
Here's what I've got for Week 3:
UNC 28, Rutgers 10 -- Both teams want to prove their lackluster performances in the season openers weren't their true identities, but Fresno State exposed Rutgers' flaws and a young offensive line. After just one game, the Scarlet Knights trail the Big East in several statistical categories, including scoring offense.
Connecticut 24, Virginia 7 -- The Cavaliers will be taking an inexperienced quarterback on the road against the defending Big East champs. Virginia barely got away with its 17-16 win last season, and that was with a veteran team. UConn returns 19 of 24 starters from its 2007 roster.
Clemson 24, NC State 20 -- The matchup between the Wolfpack's much improved defensive line against the Tigers' inexperienced offensive line will keep this game close, but Clemson has the home field advantage and the veteran quarterback.
Duke 38, Navy 35 -- Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis accounted for five touchdowns against the Midshipmen last year with four passing and one rushing. If that's going to happen again, star receiver Eron Riley needs to be on the field and 100 percent. The Midshipmen have the nation's top rushing offense.
California 41, Maryland 21 -- Considering Maryland kicker Obi Egekeze hasn't made a field goal yet, I'm not factoring one into their score. The Terps should show improvement but will have a tough time matching Cal's speed.
Georgia Tech 21, Virginia Tech 14 -- The Hokies are holding opponents to 96 rushing yards per game. Considering the Yellow Jackets are averaging 255.5 on the ground, that's going to be tough to keep up. Virginia Tech is still trying to find its identity and Paul Johnson is catching them at the right time.
Florida State 52, Chattanooga 3 -- The only thing that would prevent this from being another walloping on an FCS school would be the Seminoles looking ahead to the Wake Forest game. This should be another easy tune-up and a chance to get almost two dozen rookies more snaps.
OFF: Boston College, Miami and Wake Forest