Tuesday, October 4, 2011
ACC upset watch: Week 6
By ESPN.com staff
You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth.
I don’t think there IS an upset brewing in the ACC this week.
If Clemson doesn’t beat Boston College, it’s not as good as its No. 8 ranking indicates. Same with Georgia Tech and Maryland. That’s not to say, though, that a few ranked ACC teams won’t be vulnerable this weekend. Things could get interesting in Blacksburg and Winston-Salem.
Here’s a look at your top three games with upset potential in Week 6:
1. Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State: The Seminoles are the better team, but Wake Forest is well-coached and has quietly been gaining steam over the past few weeks. The Deacs are a much more confident group, they’ve got a winning quarterback in Tanner Price and they’re ahead of the game in the Atlantic Division race. FSU, though, had a much-needed bye week to get healthy, and quarterback EJ Manuel is expected to return. If the Noles overlook Wake Forest, they’ll be in trouble.
2. Miami at No. 21 Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech will have home-field advantage against Miami, but Lane Stadium couldn’t score any touchdowns for the Hokies last week. Both of these teams have had their issues, and both have lost starters on defense to injury in the past few days. Despite the fact that Virginia Tech is ranked, this is looking like a pretty even matchup between two programs desperately trying to avoid falling to 0-2 in ACC games.
3. Louisville at North Carolina. The ACC has not fared well against the Big East this season. Louisville (2-2) is coming off a 17-13 loss to Marshall. Marshall! Louisville has lost two home games to non-AQ opponents and are one of the worst teams in the Big East. The Tar Heels should win this game, BUT … Louisville does have a rushing defense that is holding opponents to 85 yards per game, and that could be a problem for Giovani Bernard. Louisville is also leading the nation in tackles for loss and is No. 21 in sacks. I’m guessing, though, that UNC’s linemen get to Louisville’s quarterback more.