ACC Pigskin Preview: Week 8
Another lighter slate of conference matchups this week in the ACC, in what ultimately could be another snoozer of a weekend. And no, I don’t plan on getting as wild with my predictions as I did last week (though, come on – you thought it was awesome).
North Carolina State at Virginia
The Cavaliers had a tremendous upset over Georgia Tech last Saturday, which means they are a prime candidate for a letdown game against the Wolfpack this weekend. While NC State has struggled at times, don’t be surprised if NC State jumps out to an early lead and takes control of the game. Virginia will end up making the game close, but ultimately will fall short, as they fail to keep their momentum going from the Georgia Tech victory.
Prediction: North Carolina State 25, Virginia 22
Wake Forest at Duke
Attendance for last week’s game at Wallace Wade Stadium was absolutely atrocious, so with Wake Forest coming to Durham this weekend, expect another pathetic turnout. Unfortunate, because this has the potential to be the best ACC game of the weekend. With both of these teams coming off of losses, expect both to come out fired up. Since playing at Wallace Wade doesn’t really count as a home game because no one ever shows up, throw the venue out the window. Wake Forest should win by at least a touchdown.
Prediction: Wake Forest 27, Duke 20
Boston College at Virginia Tech
While at first glance this game looks like it’s not that important, Virginia Tech needs to win this game to keep pace with Georgia Tech in the Coastal Division. Combine this with the fact that Boston College is truly atrocious, this game should be over by the end of the first quarter. Virginia Tech wins in a romp.
(Sidenote: I absolutely love VT's old school helmets that they wore against Wake Forest last week. Need to see those more!)
Prediction: Boston College 3, Virginia Tech 54
Maryland at Florida State
According to Coach Edsall’s twitter feed, the Terps will be breaking out their Koopa Troopa white shell pattern helmets this Saturday for their road trip to Tallahassee. Given Maryland’s play on the field lately, perhaps they should stop concentrating on trying to be the Oregon of the east coast and work more on, you know, actually winning games (I know I’ve made that joke several times, but seriously Terps, get it together. No one cares that your outfits look like the Hammer Bros from Super Mario if you don’t win games. In fact, it makes it worse). For Florida State, every conference game is a must win from here on out if they want to have any chance of making the ACC title game. Look for the ‘Noles to keep rolling this weekend.
Prediction: Maryland 13, Florida State 37
North Carolina at Clemson
Perhaps the Tigers might actually avoid the dreaded Clemson game this season. As I noted in my Top Ten post, the noon start definitely works in the Tigers’ favor, as North Carolina has struggled mightily with early games this season. That trend will continue this weekend, and another victory for the Tigers pretty much guarantees a trip to the ACC title game.
Prediction: North Carolina 17, Clemson 24
Georgia Tech at Miami
Paul Johnson will try to right the Yellow Jackets’ ship this weekend on the road in Miami. The Coastal Division suddenly became a lot more interesting after GT lost to UVA last Saturday, and the Yellow Jackets absolutely need to win this game in order to stay ahead of Virginia Tech. As always with Georgia Tech games, look for a heavy dose of triple option. However, Miami’s players have the kind of lateral quickness that can neutralize a triple option attack, and should cause a number of problems for the Yellow Jacket offense. Look for the U to get back to .500 in the conference, meaning Virginia Tech will be your Coastal Division leader after this weekend.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 17, Miami 28
Enjoy Week 8 everybody! As always, if you have any questions or comments, leave them here or find me on Twitter @thrillis4.