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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
My pride was bruised last week, and I blame it all on North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida State. For the first time all season, I had a losing record on my picks (2-3). I enter the week 55-27 (67 percent) on the season. Let's see if I can't redeem myself this weekend. In order for that to happen, though, UNC and FSU need some redemption, too.
Miami 17, Georgia Tech 16 -- This should be a defensive struggle, but Miami has one or two more playmakers on offense than the Jackets, and that will be the difference.
Clemson 28, Virginia 21 -- Clemson has found the right combination on the offensive line, and it has opened things up for C.J. Spiller, Cullen Harper and Aaron Kelly.
North Carolina 24, NC State 21 -- Home team. Plain and simple. The Tar Heels are hungry to redeem themselves after the loss to the Terps and are playing to stay in the Coastal Division race. Russell Wilson will keep the Pack in it, though. Might even be one of those OT games.
Virginia Tech 31, Duke 10 -- Without their leading rusher and possibly their quarterback, the Blue Devils will struggle to find points. Even if Thaddeus Lewis does play, he'll do so in Lane Stadium, where Virginia Tech hasn't lost this season.
Boston College 21, Wake Forest 17 -- The Demon Deacons' offense has struggled all season, and it's not going to solve any problems against BC's front seven, especially when the Eagles have a trip to Tampa on the line.
Florida State 24, Maryland 21 -- Asking Maryland to play-to-back outstanding games might be asking a little much, regardless of venue. The Terps' home-field advantage will not be able to overcome FSU's size and speed.