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Thursday, October 16, 2008
ACC Week 8 predictions


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Finally. Not only is everyone playing this weekend, but they're all going to beat up on each other. Here's the forecast for Week 8:

Florida State 28, NC State 21 -- The Seminoles' smothering defense will be too much for Russell Wilson and the Pack to overcome, but the Noles will get their best shot because of the prime-time home game. The probable return of NC State linebacker Nate Irving should help, obviously depending on how much he plays.

Georgia Tech 21, Clemson 10 -- The Yellow Jackets will win it up front and take away the Tigers' running game, which is exactly how other teams have beaten Clemson. The news of Tommy Bowden's departure is still too fresh for the team to completely regroup and move forward.

Wake Forest 21, Maryland 20 -- Coaching, the Deacons' defense and Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner will be the difference in this game. Jim Grobe has gotten the most out of his players every weekend while coach Ralph Friedgen has wondered if anyone is listening to him.

North Carolina 24 at Virginia 21 -- The opportunistic Tar Heels are on a roll and Butch Davis will have them ready, even without Brandon Tate. Virginia quarterback Marc Verica should have a humbling experience against the nation's leader in interceptions and turnovers.

Miami 24, Duke 21 -- This is a good shot for the Hurricanes to get their first conference win. The Blue Devils couldn't do anything against the Georgia Tech defense, and the Hurricanes are an equally stingy team.

Virginia Tech 14, Boston College 10 -- This is going to be a defensive struggle, but Chris Crane won't have the same kind of success he did against NC State because the Hokies' defense won't allow it.