Thursday, October 14, 2010
ACC predictions: Week 7
By Heather Dinich
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Wake Forest was two points away from making me look smart. Miami was light years. So it goes. After a 4-2 record last week, my overall record stands at 39-12. That’s a 76.4 winning percentage. Forget that. I’m aiming for Joe Paterno’s age (83).
Here’s to a better week:
Virginia Tech 38, Wake Forest 17: The Deacs have had trouble with mobile quarterbacks, and won’t be able to contain Tyrod Taylor or the Hokies’ running game. Wake’s rushing defense is No. 101 in the country, allowing just under 200 yards per game, and the Hokies are averaging 211 on the ground.
Florida State 31, Boston College 14: Once again, BC’s defense will make a play that gives the offense a short field, but the Eagles will again come up short under center. Chase Rettig has been able to practice this week, but the Seminoles, who lead the nation in sacks for the third straight weeks, will have the edge up front and pressure the rookie.
Clemson 38, Maryland 10: Tigers’ running back Andre Ellington will have a big day, and the Clemson defense will expose Maryland’s issues at quarterback. The Tigers will have to contain Tony Logan on punt returns -- he’s had two for more than 80 yards for touchdowns in the past two games -- and force the Terps into uncharacteristic turnovers.
NC State 35, East Carolina 28: It should have the feeling of a rivalry game and could turn into a shootout, but NC State easily has the better defense. Both teams rank among the top 13 in the nation in scoring offense, but the Pirates are ranked 114th in total defense, allowing 457 yards per game.
UNC 17, Virginia 14: Running back Johnny White will be the difference, again helping out in the passing game, and UNC will break its streak of 14 straight losses in Charlottesville. The Tar Heels’ defense is coming together and will have the advantage up front as Virginia is tweaking its rotation on the offensive line.
Georgia Tech 35, Middle Tennessee 14: Middle Tennessee is 2-3 in the Sun Belt and has one of the worst rushing defenses in the country. That’s one weakness you can’t afford against Paul Johnson’s spread option offense, which has the No. 3 rushing offense in the country at 328 yards per game.
Miami 38, Duke 27: Consider this a trap game for the Canes, as Duke has had a bye week to heal and prepare and will have home-field advantage. The Blue Devils aren’t good enough defensively, though, to stop Miami’s speed or its explosive kicking game. The Canes will pull away late.