Week 9 predictions: Home sweet home team

October, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Well, I stunk it up last week, going 3-3. Learned my lesson about picking road teams. Every one of these games is a tough call, so this week, I'm sticking with the home team. You know what that means, don't you? Everyone playing on the road will win ...

North Carolina 17, Boston College 14 -- Both defenses are playing well, but Butch Davis should have his players ready for redemption after the tough loss to Virginia. The Eagles' turnovers will hurt them in Chapel Hill.

Vanderbilt 21, Duke 20 -- The Blue Devils can score more points than that, but not against Bobby Johnson's defense. Not when a home win here would make them bowl eligible for the first time since 1982.

Florida State 24, Virginia Tech 20 -- Tyrod Taylor cannot beat the Seminoles alone. Not in Doak Campbell. With or without Dekoda Watson, Mickey Andrews & Co. will force Taylor to throw it, and Myron Rolle will be waiting for it.

Georgia Tech 17, Virginia 14 -- The Yellow Jackets' defense will keep the Cavaliers from earning their first road win of the season, and the offense will look much better after quarterback Josh Nesbitt had a week to shake off the rust.

Maryland 28, NC State 24 -- The Terps are coming off their best performance of the season, but Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson is the real deal. He'll be throwing into a depleted secondary.

Miami 21, Wake Forest 7 -- The Hurricanes are young and will make mistakes against the Deacs' talented defense, but when Wake's offense has scored just one touchdown in its past three ACC games, it's hard to believe much will change on the road in Week 9.

Off: Clemson.

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