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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Week 11 predictions: Bad luck and overtimes

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Well, last week's predictions weren't very good (2-2), but who could have foreseen two of four games going into overtime? That's why I'm coming prepared this week and picking one overtime game.

I enter Week 11 with a 50-21 record (70.4 percent) on the picks. Oh, and I'm 8-0 with my Florida State picks this season, but the Noles lost both times I've seen them play. Even Myron Rolle agreed I'm bad luck, so don't worry FSU fans, I'm staying outta Tally this weekend.

Here's the ACC forecast for Week 11:

Maryland 21, Virginia Tech 17 -- Yes, Lane Stadium and intangibles are all against the Terps. Virginia Tech hasn't lost three in a row since 2002. But Maryland has the veteran team, and a quarterback who is at his best against the best.

North Carolina 23, Georgia Tech 20 (OT) -- They are such similar teams that odds are it's going to come down to turnovers. On paper, the Yellow Jackets have the edge in total offense and scoring defense, but that was when they had injured offensive tackle Andrew Gardner in the lineup.

Florida State 28, Clemson 24 -- The Atlantic Division titles is now on the line with every game the Seminoles play, and while Clemson can't be ruled out quite yet, there seems to be a greater sense of urgency for FSU.

Wake Forest 21, Virginia 17 -- The Demon Deacons made progress on offense, but everyone in Winston-Salem knows they're not quite there yet. They'll need some more help from an opportunistic defense, but even this veteran defensive line will be tested by the Cavs' offensive line, led by Eugene Monroe.

Duke 28, NC State 21 -- The Blue Devils have the home-field advantage in this renewed rivalry (as long as there aren't more red-clad fans who actually show up), and will face the ACC's worst defense. Duke is still playing for bowl eligibility.

Notre Dame 24, Boston College 17 -- The Irish have something to prove, as they have come close but not quite in one too many games this season, and haven't beaten the Eagles in their past five tries. BC has been too limited on offense this season.

OFF: Miami