Thursday, October 4, 2012
ACC predictions: Week 6
By Heather Dinich
If you said Georgia Tech would lose to Middle Tennessee last week, please, tell me what numbers to play in the lottery, too. With losses by Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech last weekend, my record for Week 5 was 6-2. Got to love the Coastal Division. Heading into Week 6, my overall winning percentage stands at 81.3 (39-9). Yeah, I rounded up. Here’s to a more accurate Week 6:
Army 42, Boston College 41: This game could go either way, but it would be surprising if BC’s run defense didn’t continue its friendly trend. The Eagles are allowing almost 200 rushing yards per game, and Army is No. 2 in the country with 367.5 rushing yards per game. Army is winless, yes, but BC’s only win is over Maine. Advantage: home team.
Clemson 48, Georgia Tech 35: Get ready for another high-scoring affair, as both defenses have allowed an average of 26 points per game this season. The Tigers’ offense has more speed and playmakers, though, and it also has more on the line. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t win back-to-back games at home. There’s no reason to think they could pull an upset on the road at this point.
Florida State 28, NC State 21: This one is going to be closer than some might think, and that’s because NC State is going to play one of its best games of the season. It’s a night game at home in Carter-Finley, and the crowd is going to be a factor. This one has the last-play-of-the-game feel to it. FSU can’t revert to its old ways of turning it over and making foolish penalties. The Noles didn’t play too well at South Florida, but FSU’s speed will kick in and it will win up front against the Pack’s O-line.
Maryland 28, Wake Forest 21: This is a dangerous situation for the Deacs in terms of their bowl eligibility, but the Terps have had a bye week to prepare and will have home-field advantage. Wake Forest will be without its top playmaker, injured receiver Michael Campanaro.
Virginia 45, Duke 31: If quarterback Sean Renfree is out, it could be the difference in the game, but we won’t know until Duke releases its injury report later today. Regardless, the Blue Devils’ injury-laden defense will have a tough time stopping Virginia, which put up 625 yards against Louisiana Tech last weekend.
Notre Dame 31, Miami 28: The Canes will look a lot better than they did on their trip to Kansas State, but Notre Dame’s defense and Miami’s lack thereof will be the difference. Miami’s speed on special teams will help set up a short field to help out the offense, but it’s not going to be another record-setting day for Stephen Morris against the Irish.
North Carolina 31, Virginia Tech 21: The Tar Heels’ defense is starting to play better, and they’ve given up only six points at home all year. Granted, it’s been to inferior competition, but the Hokies haven’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard. The UNC team we saw in the second half against Louisville is the one we see for four quarters against Virginia Tech.