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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Predictions: ACC Week 9

By Heather Dinich

At 5-1 last week, I was real close to bowl eligibility, but not quite. The only game I missed was NC State’s win at Virginia, which was impressive and not a complete shock. My overall record stands at 51-14 for a winning percentage of .785. I can do better. Can Georgia Tech?

Clemson 38, Georgia Tech 28: Because Clemson has struggled against the run, it seems likely the Jackets will be able to move the ball and their offense will find a spark again. Just not enough to win. This game will be close until the fourth quarter and then the Tigers will win their ninth straight game.

Boston College 21, Maryland 20: Yes, the Terps have home field advantage, but the Eagles have stability at their quarterback position, and the offensive line has been making gradual progress each week. Coach Frank Spaziani has kept this team in games, the Eagles are due for an ACC win, and this is the weekend they’ll get it.

Florida State 31, NC State 28: The Seminoles need to be concerned about NC State cornerback David Amerson in this game. He leads the nation in interceptions and has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Pack’s defense. FSU, though, has one of the best defenses in the country, and the defensive line will be the difference, as the Noles find a way to fluster quarterback Mike Glennon.

Wake Forest 28, North Carolina 24: The Deacs’ offensive line will be challenged, but the injuries have been piling up for UNC. Wake Forest will take advantage of a struggling secondary with its passing game just like Clemson did, and the Deacs will leave Chapel Hill bowl eligible.

Virginia Tech 38, Duke 21: The Blue Devils will put up a fight and hang around like they always seem to do, but the Hokies will overpower Duke’s defense in the fourth quarter. The difference will be Virginia Tech’s running game, led by David Wilson, and the decision making of quarterback Logan Thomas, who has completed 60.5 percent of his passes of 10 yards or more with five touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games

Miami 35, Virginia 14: This isn’t the Orange Bowl. Virginia has never won in Sun Life Stadium, and the Canes have been on a roll. Miami is starting to turn the corner under first-year coach Al Golden, and the Canes’ defense --which has been holding opponents to 21 points per game -- will stifle the Hoos. Miami also has the edge at quarterback with Jacory Harris, who is No. 14 in the country in passing efficiency.