Thursday, October 8, 2009
Week 6 predictions
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
First, before I get into my record and winning percentage, let me remind you that I picked Virginia to beat North Carolina last weekend. That’s right, y’all laughed at me, and I heard it, but hear this: Virginia beat UNC last weekend. In Chapel Hill. And I called it.
Now, onto the fact that I didn’t pick one game in the Atlantic Division right and my season winning percentage dropped to an embarrassing 67.4 percent (31 of 46).
I’ll try to redeem myself this week.
Virginia Tech 24, Boston College 21 (OT) -- It’s supposed to rain, and we all know what happens when it rains in Lane Stadium -- the Hokies win. Virginia Tech’s defense will show up for this one and force Dave Shinskie into 25-year-old freshman mistakes.
Georgia Tech 28, Florida State 17 -- Remember that FSU fumble in the end zone last year? Yeah, it won’t be that close, but a similar fumble wouldn’t be surprising. If the Noles’ defense has struggled against more traditional offenses, how is it going to stop what Paul Johnson is bringing to Tallahassee?
Wake Forest 21, Maryland 14 -- The Terps’ defense has shown improvement lately, but veteran quarterback Riley Skinner won’t be rattled. Maryland will be without leading rusher Da'Rel Scott, but the Deacs are also looking for more from their ground game. Home-field advantage and the pressure the defensive line will put on Chris Turner will be the difference.
NC State 28, Duke 21 -- The Blue Devils will keep this interesting, and it should be another episode of dueling quarterbacks, but the Pack have more athletes to counter with and made changes in the secondary that could help against Thaddeus Lewis.
Miami 42, Florida A&M 10 -- There’s no reason for this to resemble a trap game, even though FAMU finished September unbeaten for the first time in 12 years. Miami is 6-0 against the Rattlers at home, and has outscored them 307-33 during that span.
North Carolina 42, Georgia Southern 7 -- UNC’s offense should show up this weekend. After all, it’s the second Southern Conference opponent the Heels have faced this year, and last time, UNC scored 40 points on The Citadel. There’s no excuse for UNC not to head into its bye week with a win.
Virginia 21, Indiana 17 -- I’m going with the home team on this one. The Cavaliers should be more confident after their win over UNC. (Did I mention I picked that?) And, yes, I’m picking against my alma mater and I’ve got no shame in it.