Thursday, October 25, 2012
ACC predictions: Week 9
By Heather Dinich
I’ve had one wrong pick over the past two weeks, and that was Duke’s 33-30 win over North Carolina last weekend. Congrats to Duke for becoming bowl-eligible and proving me wrong. My overall record stands at 53-12 heading into Week 9 (81.5 percent). Clemson and Wake Forest get things started tonight. Who will win? …
Clemson 35, Wake Forest 24: The Deacs will put forth one of their better efforts of the season, but it won’t be enough to match Clemson’s offensive playmakers. The return of receiver Michael Campanaro will be a huge boost to the Wake Forest offense, but the Deacs’ defense won’t be able to slow down an offense that averages 40.8 points per game.
Maryland 17, Boston College 10: The Eagles are favored in this game, but Maryland has been relentless. No matter what the situation, coach Randy Edsall has found a way to keep his players believing this year. Regardless of who starts at quarterback -- Caleb Rowe or Devin Burns -- the Terps’ defense will make more plays and the offense will get just enough to leave Chestnut Hill with a win.
Florida State 38, Duke 14: This is arguably the most meaningful game Duke has played in over a decade, but the Blue Devils just don’t match up well against the speed and athleticism of the Seminoles. FSU is No. 2 in the country in total defense, and No. 7 in scoring offense. As long as the Noles don’t beat themselves with penalties and turnovers, they should win.
North Carolina 24, NC State 21: The hex is over. NC State’s inability to run the ball consistently will be the difference in the game. In last Saturday’s win over the Tar Heels, Duke’s ability to establish a ground game was the difference. The Pack is too one-dimensional to control the clock and keep Giovani Bernard off the field.
Georgia Tech 28, BYU 24: This one could go either way, but the Jackets got off to a good post-bye week start with the win over BC last weekend and have a little confidence and momentum. They’ve also taken better care of the ball and have a much more productive offense. BYU is No. 100 in the country in turnover margin. The Cougars are one of the better defensive teams in the country, though, so Georgia Tech has to do what it does best and sustain drives.