Last week’s 4-2 record was adequate, but Miami’s loss at North Carolina and Wake’s loss to Florida State dropped my season pick percentage to 69.8. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are both off this week, decreasing my chances at redemption.
I’ll be in Death Valley on Saturday, so why don’t we start there …
Clemson 28, Virginia 10 – Clemson is 19-3 against Virginia in Memorial Stadium, and their 20th home win in the series will clinch the Atlantic Division for the Tigers, not to mention give coach Dabo Swinney a hefty raise. Clemson has too much to lose to let this one get away. The Cavaliers’ have played well defensively all season, and will present a look that the Tigers are unfamiliar with, but will continue to struggle offensively as they have done all year.
Florida State 35, Maryland 17 – The Seminoles are one win away from bowl eligibility, and they’re not about to let it slip away to a 2-8 Maryland team that hasn’t won a game since Oct. 3. Not on Senior Day. Not on Mickey Andrews’ last home game of his career. Maryland will be on the road with its backup quarterback, and counting on a defense that has allowed a league-worst 32.7 points per game.
Virginia Tech 38, NC State 17 – Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson will play well in his home state, but the Hokies are 7-2-2 against the Pack at home, and are still shooting for a 10-win season. NC State’s defense, which is allowing 30.9 points per game, won’t be able to stop Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Williams. It's also Senior Day in Blacksburg.
Miami 38, Duke 24 - Miami’s defense has been struggling, as it gave up 33 points to an average UNC offense, but quarterback Jacory Harris will be fine at home and overcome his recent turnover slump. Thaddeus Lewis will throw for some yards, but the Blue Devils won’t be able to overcome the gap in talent and speed.
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