You’re welcome, Miami, for the motivation and bulletin-board material last week. My prediction for the Georgia Tech game wasn’t just off, it was “not even close.”
Still, it was the only miss of the week for an 8-1 record. That brings me to 33-7 overall for an .825 winning percentage. I’m going to a BCS bowl.
Here are your picks for Week 5:
Clemson 31, Boston College 17: The Tigers have had trouble stopping the run, but it shouldn’t matter in this game. The Eagles have the No. 114 rushing offense in the country. They’ve had a bye week to prepare for this game, though, and will give Clemson a good fight through the fourth quarter.
Florida State 45, South Florida 10: The Noles are hitting on all cylinders right now. They’ve bought in, they’re not turning the ball over like they used to and they’re not committing foolish penalties like they used to. This is a mature group that will handle its first road game.
Miami 24, NC State 21: The Canes are on a roll. Al Golden did a phenomenal job coaching the team to a win at Georgia Tech last week. He has them believing, and a balanced offense will give Miami a 3-0 start in conference play.
Georgia Tech 38, Middle Tennessee 24: Middle Tennessee is much better than it was a year ago, and Georgia Tech is coming off a devastating home loss for the program, but the Jackets will still go up and down the field.
Virginia Tech 24, Cincinnati 21: This one is going to be too close for comfort, as the Hokies’ offense will struggle against the Bearcats’ veteran defense. This is one that could go down to the last play of the game or overtime, but Virginia Tech will get the final word with its defense.
Duke 35, Wake Forest 24: The Blue Devils will snap their 12-game losing streak to the Deacs, receiver Conner Vernon will become the ACC’s all-time career leader in receptions, and quarterback Sean Renfree will take advantage of the nation’s No. 99 scoring defense.
Louisiana Tech 38, Virginia 24: Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Illinois, and he’ll pick apart UVa’s defense in similar fashion. Virginia is allowing 407 yards per game, and the defending WAC champs are averaging 536.
North Carolina 56, Idaho 7: Idaho is winless at 0-4, and it ranks below 100th in nearly every major statistical category. The Tar Heels’ offense should have its way with the Vandals and use this game as a final tuneup before getting into the heart of conference play.