Thursday, October 6, 2011
Predictions: ACC Week 6
By Heather Dinich
Georgia Tech and Clemson weren’t the only ones who were undefeated last weekend. That’s right, 8-0 in the Week 5 picks. Hey, it’s not easy being perfect. That brings the grand total to 39-9 this season for an 81.25 winning percentage. Don’t worry, I’m not thinking of leaving you for the SEC. You’re stuck with me.
This week’s picks weren’t too difficult if everyone follows the script, but that’s a big "if" in the ACC. The toughest games to call were in Blacksburg and Winston-Salem, but here are your winners and losers for Week 6:
Clemson 31, Boston College 17: BC’s defense will keep it respectable, but Clemson is just too good. The Tigers are faster, more athletic, and have more options offensively. BC linebacker Luke Kuechly can’t be held responsible for the likes of quarterback Tajh Boyd, receiver Sammy Watkins AND tight end Dwayne Allen, just to name a few.
Florida State 35, Wake Forest 31: Wake Forest can win this game, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the Deacs do. But Florida State has had a week to prepare for this matchup and to heal. The quarterbacks will be key, as both teams are struggling to run the ball, but the defenses could determine the game.
Georgia Tech 38, Maryland 28: The Yellow Jackets’ defense has been unconvincing this year, and while Georgia Tech isn’t without a few flaws, it is the better team. Maryland’s rushing defense was exposed by Temple, and the Terps will give up too many big plays.
Virginia Tech 17, Miami 14: It would be shocking to see Virginia Tech lose at home two weeks in a row. If this game were at Miami, I probably would have picked the Canes, but back-to-back losses in Lane? I don’t see it. Miami’s offensive line will have the edge and Lamar Miller will get his yards, but Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and David Wilson will help the Hokies redeem themselves, and VT will get some points off a turnover.
North Carolina 31, Louisville 17: There’s no reason the Tar Heels should lose this one. Louisville is coming off a loss to Marshall, and it lost to FIU, which lost to Duke. Louisville is one of the worst teams in the Big East right now, and UNC has yet to lose to a conference opponent.
NC State 35, Central Michigan 17: This should be a manageable task, even for NC State’s defense. Central Michigan is No. 102 in the country in rushing offense, and No. 99 in scoring offense at 20 points per game. Quarterback Mike Glennon will take another step forward, the defense will create a turnover or two, and NC State will get back on track.
The Central Michigan at NCSU game was accidentally left off of the earlier version of this post.