ACC Bloggers on…Week 4 ACC Football Picks

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 24, 2010 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

The Demon Deacon & Mr. Peanut: Separated at Birth?

It’s Friday – we’re just a day away from ACC football again. Here’s a trip around the ACC blogosphere for weekend picks…

Starting with BC-Virginia Tech, The Key Play doesn’t offer a pick, but does break it down:

How the offensive line gets on and more importantly off their blocks will be significant tomorrow. BC’s defense features two outstanding linebackers, cancer dominator Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly. Both fly to the football and are great at disrupting play…The offensive line needs to be decisive and their timing has to be perfect. Tech struggled mightily against JMU with this.

Not only is Saturday our first ACC game, it’s our first true road game. It will be extremely difficult to overcome riding a donkey out of the gate. What’s going to happen? It’s simple really. If we play like we did the first ten quarters of the season, we lose. If we play like we did the last two quarters, we win. Here’s hoping for the latter, after all BC has basket-hockey season to look forward to right around the corner… <read the rest>

BC blog, Soaring to Glory takes the the Eagles in this one:

This is the first real test of the 2010 season, and despite the fact that Virginia Tech is 1-2, it’ll be our chance to see if the Eagles are ready for primetime.  These are the factors in Boston College’s favor:

-The game is at Alumni Stadium, where BC has won its last two against the Hokies
-VT running back Ryan Williams is officially out for this game
-”BC is now 5-1 following a bye week as a member of the ACC with the only loss coming in 2005.” (Brian at BCI, 9/15/10)

Of course, BC are the underdogs (+4) and lost to this same team by 34 points last year.  The Hokies weren’t gasping for air at that point in the season like they are now, however. <See the rest here>

From the Rumble Seat has the low down on NC State-Georgia Tech…and they’re picking the Jackets:

When NC State and Georgia Tech take the field on Saturday, there will be a whole slew of coaching experience and history on the sidelines for both the Pack and the Jackets. Between the two teams, there are 5 guys with a combined 54 years of Division I head coaching experience. In all of these coaches’ experience, they’ve all only met physically or vicariously on the field of play a handful of times…

Prediction
Bird: Tech wins another close one against a team from Tobacco Road – Tech 35, State 28.
Winfield: Same with Bird. Back and forth. Decided in the 4th quarter. Get used to this type of game. GT 38 NCSU 31 <See their NC State offense/defensive breakdowns here>

ScalpEm distinguishes Mr. Peanut from the the Demon Deacon…and picks FSU to roll:

Mr. Peanut wears a smile, born of the joy of his heart for providing wonderful snacks to all. His Cheez Balls graced our planet for a very short time, because the world couldn’t handle such perfection in a snack. The Demon Deacon has a derp expression and provides mediocre entertainment for Wake Forest fans…

Conference play is the Noles’ time to shine and pave the road to redemption of the program. Expect FSU to win Jimbo’s first ACC game as head coach, big time.

Noles 38 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 17 <See his gameday tips, Mr. Peanut-Demon Deacon analysis, and further Wake previewing>

ACC Sports Journal picks them all, but we’ll get their Maryland-FIU, UNC-Rutgers, and Army-Duke picks for representation for all here:

Key for the Terrapins:
Remember Middle Tennessee State. That’s a Sun Belt team that came into College Park last year and did a number on the Terps’ 2009 season. The Panthers led against Rutgers and at Texas A&M after three quarters in this season’s first two games, and they’re not going to be intimidated by Maryland…

Prediction:
Terrapins 22, Panthers 13.

Key for the Cadets:
Get in fourth-and-short situations and go for them. Army is seventh nationally in rushing offense, and its goal must be to keep the ball away from Duke’s high-powered passing attack. They’re a touchdown away from being 3-0…

Prediction:
Blue Devils 27, Cadets 20.

Numbers Game:
UNC QB T.J. Yates has thrown 70 passes without being picked off this season. … Carolina is the first ACC team to lose consecutive games by the same score (24-30 in this case) since Wake Forest dropped 41-0 games to Texas and Richmond in 1973.

Prediction:
Tar Heels 28, Knights 20. <See all their picks and extended breakdowns of these games>

UVA Raycom/ACC Network blog gives you all you need to know and more for Keydets/’Hoos:

Verdict:
Everything I’ve read about VMI suggests that they’ve overmatched in every facet of this game. They’re not the precocious JV player who can run with the varsity, they’re the kid with Rec Specs who never loosens his warmups. I’m going to be out of town for this one, and I see it going much like the last home game I was out of town for. The ‘Hoos take it in a walk.

Virginia 41, VMI 7 <See more here>

Enjoy your Friday folks and keep it locked on @ACCBlogger on Twitter for game updates all weekend long!

ACC Pick’Em Post – 9/23-25

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 23, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Does this man have something up his sleeve for Virginia Tech this week?

A couple of ACC-Big East clashes, most conference games in a week yet, and Virginia plays VMI…check out our picks straight up and ATS below…

ACC Pick’em (24-6 to date)

  • 09/23/10 –  Miami Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Panthers / ESPN / 7:30 p.m. ET

The Lead: The ACC weekend is once again kicked off with a ACC-Big East showdown – this week, two teams considered contenders for their conference championships with the ‘Canes and Panthers.

Watch 4: Miami’s Harris to pick apart Panthers, defense to do enough for win

Call it bad luck – a few bad throws or both, but Harris struggled at Ohio State…he’ll find Pitt’s D easier to navigate, and the extra time to prepare will give Miami’s ultra-talented D the edge to lock down on Lewis and co. enough for the W.

The Pick: Canes 30 Panthers 20

  • 9/25/10 – Virginia Tech  @ Boston College / ACC Network / 12:00 p.m. ET

The Lead: Since BC joined the ACC in 2005, this series has gone back-and-forth – will BC keep it up or are the Hokies breaking the trend in 2010? We’ll see.

Watch 4: BC to come out firing out of the bye – hold off the Hokies

After 3 weeks of football, we know a lot more about Virginia Tech than BC – their defense is suspect and the offensive line has been less than great. With the Eagles, they played two cupcakes at home and didn’t light it up, but you have to think they’ve held some plays until this particular game. Ultimately, the Hokies aren’t last year’s 48-14 winners over BC in Blacksburg, and the Eagles pull this out.

The Pick: Eagles 31 Hokies 24

  • NC State Wolfpack @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets / ESPN / 12:00 p.m. ET

The Lead: Georgia Tech, undefeated in the ACC – NC State, 3-0 on the season – small sample size on both and we’ll see who really is a top contender out of these two Saturday.

Watch 4: NC State defense to wilt due to GT run game, Pack offense not able to keep up on the road

Georgia Tech’s offense is getting into gear – bad news for the Tenuta/Archer Pack D – and I’m not sold on NC State’s ability to take the winning show on the road in the ACC yet.

The Pick: Jackets 38 Pack 27

  • FIU Golden Panthers @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPNU / 12:00  p.m. ET

The Lead: The Terps are playing an improved FIU squad from recent years – after a near upset at Texas A&M, Maryland is on watch in this one.

Watch 4: Maryland to get back to the run that worked so well against Navy

Down big early at WVU, they had to go to air, but FIU won’t knock ‘em over with points – expect the ground game to rule the day.

The Pick: Terps 31 Panthers 17

  • VMI Keydets @ Virginia Cavaliers / ESPN3 / 1:30 p.m. ET

The Lead: With a bye week to prepare, the ‘Hoos take on the Big South’s VMI Keydets.

Watch 4: FSU prep to start around halftime

Might not be a starter in past the first half – VMI’s not very good.

The Pick: ‘Hoos 52 Keydets 3

  • Army Black Knights @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPN3 / 3:00 p.m. ET

The Lead: After Wake and Bama battered the Devils’ D, they go for win no. 2 at home against one of the top rushing offenses in the nation with the Black Knights.

Watch 4: Duke to rally the troops – outscore Army in win

Maybe Duke just needs to be off TV to win? The last two weeks have sucked the life out of the bowl-berth push, but Duke will put up points and keep Army from running all over them.

The Pick: Devils 41 Black Knights 27

  • Wake Forest @ Florida State  / ABC – ESPN2 & 3 / 3:30 p.m. ET

The Lead: And the first Atlantic divisional game commences in Tallahassee with about as much of a mismatch as there could be in the Atlantic – Wake is  just looking for improvement from the beatdown at Stanford, while FSU wants to show that they are the favorite in the division.

Watch 4: FSU to move the ball well – Wake to have decent day on the ground

This isn’t Grobe’s first rodeo with the ‘Noles – in fact, he hasn’t lost in Tallahassee since 2005…he’ll have his guys prepared to a relatively effective offensive performance, but just not enough to really compete.

The Pick: Noles 41 Deacs 17

  • North Carolina Tar Heels @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET

The Lead: Still down key players due to NCAA violations, the Heels go to Jersey to play the 2-0 Scarlet Knights.

Watch 4: Rutgers’ offense to move the ball, revamped UNC offense to win shootout

I like what I’ve seen from White and Draughn at RB – and Yates is throwing well and making good decisions. Rutgers is coming off a bye and will have some new wrinkles for the beleaguered UNC D, but the Heels pull it out for win no. 1.

The Pick: Heels 31 Knights 27

ATS Section (11-7-1 to date)

  • Miami and over 3.5 vs. Pitt

Take to Bank %: 70%

Miami’s talent level blows Pitt off the field, but can they put it all together for a good road win? I say yes this week.

  • BC and under 4.5 vs. Virginia Tech

Take to Bank %: 55%

If the Hokies do win, BC will keep it within a FG, but the Eagles eek this one out.

  • Georgia Tech and over 8.5 vs. NC State

Take to Bank %: 25%

Some people like to look at trends – right now, I’m in a “don’t bet against Paul Johnson” mood (1-1 so far with this strategy in 2010). NC State has improved, but enough to keep it within a TD? Possibly, heck, Kansas could do it, but the Tech offense seems to be warming up which could turn this into a good ole fashioned control the clock and dominate win for GT.

  • FSU and over 19 vs. Wake Forest

Take to Bank %: 15%

The FSU QB situation is an interesting caveat as Ponder may not go – the ‘Noles are the better team, but will Fisher have the foot on the gas to a 3 TD win? I’m cautious on this one.

  • Duke and over 6.5 vs. Army

Take to Bank %: 20%

Will Duke be too beat up coming out of Bama to win by a TD against Army? Hard to say, game will be closer than you’d think, but the Devils edge them out..

  • UNC and over 1.5 vs. Rutgers (off the board at the place I get the other lines)

Take to Bank %: 5%

Still so many unknowns for the Heels – we’ll see if they can pull it together for a win this time.

  • Maryland and over 11.5 vs. FIU

Take to Bank %: 25%

I get that FIU has had two solid games so far, but they won’t be sneaking up on Maryland as the Terps reestablish the run game to pull away to a comfortable win.

Who ya got this weekend? Pick’em in the comments…

ACC Football Midweek Hype Machine – Week #4

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 22, 2010 under ACC Football | 4 Comments to Read

The Big East - the only BCS conference we can beat...two more meetings this week.

Welcome to your weekly ACC Football Mid-Week Hype Machine that hopefully bridges your week to the weekend with good reads…

  • 09/23/10 –  Miami Hurricanes @ Pittsburgh Panthers / ESPN / 7:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Pitt running game and Dion Lewis vs. Miami D

The Hurricanes did a decent job against the run in their first two tests, but the Panthers are waiting for Lewis to finally go off and be the back he was in 2009 on Thursday.

Bringing The Noise: Eye of the Hurricane previews the Pitt offense and defense. Miami has a few injuries going into Pittsburgh. Miami ACC Blog breaks down Canes/Panthers.

Watch This Over…: $#*! My Dad Says, Williams Shatner in a sitcom – that’ll end well…watch Miami-Pitt for a solid chance at the ACC’s best win and second over the Big East.

  • 9/25/10 – Virginia Tech Hokies  @ Boston College Eagles / ACC Network / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Hokies’ RB stable (minus Williams) vs. BC D

Through 2 games, BC has allowed 54 rushing yards a game (3rd best in the nation), but they’ve played no team anywhere near the quality of the Hokies’ backfield.

Bringing The Noise: BC has been of the stingiest Ds when it comes to 100-yard rushers, but did give up big yardage to the Hokies in 2009. Speaking of trends, the Hokies do pretty well on the road in the ACC – except at BC. David Wilson delivers injury reports and wears ties. Virginia Tech’s tied up with stopping Montel Harris. Spaz seems to be unsure of what he has. Soaring to Glory breaks down the offenses. Gobbler Country brings the game guide. Eagle in Atlanta has a Q&A with a Hokies blogger that thinks the Eagles win Saturday.

Watch This Over…: PGA Tour Playoff Golf, people still watch golf this time of year? This is a key ACC opener for both schools in their bid to compete in the Atlantic and Coastal.

  • NC State Wolfpack @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets / ESPN / 12:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Russell Wilson and the Pack O vs. the Jackets’ D

Georgia Tech will score. NC State has to keep up with them Saturday – especially in the late stages where the Jackets are clutch and other ACC teams seem to falter.

Bringing The Noise: Can the Jackets stop Wilson – FTRS on the key to winning this game for GT. Georgia Tech’s first down success warming up in ACC play. Riddick and Reynolds says NC State will have to switch it up defensively against the Jackets. At 3-0, the Pack are ready to start ACC play according to HD.

Watch This Over…: Worldwide Day of Play, probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen – the program description says “Regularly scheduled programming is preempted, and kids are urged to go outside and play.” Go out and play? If they’re not at a tailgate at a football game playing, they need to be watching NC State-Georgia Tech.

  • FIU Golden Panthers @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPNU / 12:00  p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Terps’ offense (108th) vs. FIU D (28th)

I know you’re like – “wait, what?” Yes, FIU is 0-2, but they lost by five to Rutgers at home and took a lead into the 4th quarter at Kyle Field against the TAMU Aggies and lost by a TD. Terps’ O has to come to play in this one.

Bringing The Noise: Testudo Times provides an early look at FIU. Friedgen says the 2-QB situation continues this weekend. Turnovers could play a factor in this one.

Watch This Over…: Bowling Green at Michigan, it wouldn’t be an edition of ACCFBHM without including a boring Big Ten matchup in the mix – watch Terps-Panthers.

  • VMI Keydets @ Virginia Cavaliers / ESPN3 / 1:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: VMI Punter vs. Virginia special teams

The Keydets punted 7 times against William & Mary – gave up a return for TD to open the game and ended up losing 45-0.

Bringing The Noise: London is aiming high with expectations. Cavaliers Journal covers the ties between UVA and VMI. QBs not named Marc Verica could see the field Saturday.

Watch This Over…: Al Roker Reporting: Heroin, Inc., yes, that Al Roker is doing hard-hitting stuff on drugs…can’t make this stuff up – watch the ‘Hoos try to get back over .500.

  • Army Black Knights @ Duke Blue Devils / ESPN3 / 3:00 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Army’s 7th ranked rushing offense vs. Duke’s 111th rushing D

Duke will put some points up, but can their defense stop anything? Army has scored 31, 28, and 24 behind a strong rushing attack to a 2-1 record.

Bringing The Noise: Duke moving on to the next one out of a tough loss. The next two games mean a lot more than what happened last Saturday.

Watch This Over…: Las Vegas F.A.Q., what happened to “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”? Duke goes for win no. 2 after two defensively-challenged tilts.

  • Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Florida State Seminoles / ABC – ESPN2 & 3 / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: Deacs’ D vs. average of 58 points per game given up in their last two contests

Wake’s going to lose, but how spectacularly?

Bringing The Noise: It’s the ACC season now for FSU and the Orlando Sentinel reminds ‘Noles that they haven’t beat Wake since 2005 in Tallahassee. Chant Rant delivers a Wake-FSU primer.

Watch This Over…: Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M, ACC matchup vs. Versus random CFB game – see if the Noles can overtake Wake’s early 1-0 lead in the Atlantic.

  • North Carolina Tar Heels @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET

Must-See Matchup: UNC coming out of slugfest with GT vs. Rutgers coming off bye

As you’ll read below, teams coming out of playing Georgia Tech have trouble in the next week – Rutgers got the week off as they sit at 2-0 awaiting UNC’s trip to Jersey.

Bringing The Noise: ESPN’s Brian Bennett goes over the role reversal of these teams as opposed to preseason expectations. When asked if it’s a must-win, a UNC player guaranteed a win? Will UNC suffer the post-Georgia Tech game hangover?

Watch This Over…: Wake Forest at Florida State, really watch ‘em both, but UNC-Rutgers will be a better game.

We’re almost back to fooball, folks. Check out ACC Blogger tomorrow for our picks for the weekend!