This weekend’s slate of ACC games should be great. Though the conference lacks ranked teams,and will be overshadowed by the Big Ten and SEC once again, there is no shortage of nicematchups.
Clemson heads up to Chapel Hill to take on the Tar Heels, Boston College and North CarolinaState will battle for their respective identities, and Navy takes on Wake Forest for the one-thousandth time in just the past few years.
All those games lead up to what should be a dandy. No. 23 Florida State is heading to Miami totake on the No. 13 Hurricanes in what will likely decide ACC supremacy. I feel like I have saidthat before…
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Clemson at North Carolina (3:30 ET)
THE LINE: North Carolina -2.5
THE PLOT: Two teams that were thought to be conference-title contenders are nowsitting in the middle of the pack. There’s only one way either of the two will break out, and itstarts with a win today.
This matchup pits two of the league’s best quarterbacks together, Clemson’s Kyle Parker and the Tar Heels’ T.J. Yates. It would not be out of the question to see the betterperformer of the two come out the victor.
THE PICK: Despite the success of each team’s offensive stars, the two schools mayvery well be known for their defenses. The Tar Heels have been hit hard with injuries, yet havestill played solid football.
The Tigers secondary may be one of the best in the conference, maybe the nation, and is led bysafety DeAndre McDaniel.
In the end though, I have to give the edge to the Tigers. North Carolina has not yet fullyovercome the penalty it was faced with the ineligibility of half its starters.
THE SCORE: Clemson 20, North Carolina 17
Navy at Wake Forest (6:30 ET)
THE LINE: Navy -5.5
THE PLOT: Neither team has a great offense. The Midshipmen have a stellar rungame, but will face troubles if pressured late in the game. The Demon Deacons have showedglimpses of success in the passing game, but that was before it faced quarterback issues.
Navy has played tough football, and nearly beat an Atlantic Coast Conference team in Marylandto start the season.
Wake Forest has seen success, but was also undressed earlier in the year by Stanford.
THE PICK: While the two teams have a nice little history as of late, I think this gamesets the tone for future bouts. I think the Midshipmen will stymie the Demon Deacons and kill allmomentum. Navy is better coached and can play better on the road than most teams can at home.
Be prepared to see some sort of rushing record broke tomorrow night.
THE SCORE: Navy 31, Wake Forest 20
No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami (FL) (8:00 ET)
THE LINE: Miami (FL) -6.5
THE PLOT: This game will arguably be one of today’s top five games. It is not oftenthat the ACC boasts two ranked teams in a conference game–well, not lately.
The Seminoles’ only mistake was a bruising handed out by the Sooners. Miami similarly onlymade a single gaff this year, a big loss against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
If either teams wants to break away from the ACC-mold of embarrassment, they will need aconvincing win tonight during primetime.
THE PICK: Both teams sport impressive quarterbacks. The lone difference is thatChristian Ponder of Florida State has looked more consistent than Jacory Harrisof the ‘Canes.
If Ponder can get back to the Heisman-type ways he possessed late last season and early thisyear, FSU will have no problem shaking Miami’s speed.
THE SCORE: Florida State 27, Miami 26
LAST WEEKStraight up: 3-1Vs. spread: 1-3
OVERALLStraight up: 14-2Vs. spread: 6-10
(I failed to predict scores before Week One, but if you would like to count my predictions onWeek One from an outside source, you can add the following: Straight up 2-1, Vs. spread 0-3.)
(Odds courtesy of SportsBook.com by way of our friends at NBCSports.com.)