Will FSU take a big step ahead of the rest of the Atlantic to 5-0 in ACC play? Can Maryland and Clemson keep pace? The headliner game is tonight and it should be a good one…
ACC Pick’Em (47-16 so far on the season)
- 10/28/10 – Florida State Seminoles @ NC State Wolfpack / ESPN / 7:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: It’s quite possibly the difference between a wide-open race…or just a one team tyranny – Atlantic showdown in Raliegh Thursday.
Watch 4: FSU’s improved running attack and D to edge out Pack for road win
If it’s going to unfold like the ACC season has to this point, FSU loses – Atlantic is put wide-open and we’re left crowning another ACC team until they fail…so with that in mind, I’m going the other way. Both are good teams – if Russell Wilson is sharp, NC State probably wins, but FSU’s defense is the wild card and if they can get to Wilson then the Noles take it.
The Pick: ‘Noles 24 Pack 21
- 10/30/10 Clemson Tigers @ Boston College Eagles / ACC Network / 12:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: In the antithesis of FSU-NC State, these teams are going in opposite directions, but it’s been a close series up to last year’s Clemson blowout in Death Valley.
Watch 4: Tigers’ D to dominate, offense to put up enough
Ellington will find BC’s D a little tougher to find those holes, he will get his yards and TDs with the ample opportunities that the opposing offense will give him.
The Pick: Tigers 24 Eagles 13
- Miami Hurricanes @ Virginia Cavaliers / ESPN / 12:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: The ‘Canes go for 4-1 in ACC play as they try to keep pace with the Hokies – ‘Hoos try to build on the Eastern Michigan win.
Watch 4: Miami’s overwhelming talent advantage to take this one
Miami may very well overlook Virginia, but it’s going to take a major letdown to actually lose.
The Pick: ‘Canes 31 ‘Hoos 10
- Duke Blue Devils @ Navy Midshipmen / CBS College Sports / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: Blue Devils stay on the road and up to Navy where they probably won’t lose by 37 points (but don’t bet on it).
Watch 4: But they will lose…
Coming into the season, Duke looked pretty similar to their ‘09 squad that got to 5 wins – right now, they are a discombobulated mess that turns it over at an alarming rate (119th in the nation).
The Pick: Midshipmen 34 Devils 17
- William & Mary Tribe @ North Carolina Tar Heels / ESPN3 / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: UNC takes a break from ACC play to finish out the OOC schedule with the FCS Tribe.
Watch 4: William & Mary to be no James Madison
The Tribe are kinda average statistically among the FCS ranks despite the 6-1 record…UNC cruises.
The Pick: Heels 49 Tribe 14
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Maryland Terrapins / ESPNU / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: The Terps have a really good chance to keep their strong run going and clinch a bowl berth against the well-rested Deacs.
Watch 4: Deacs’ rushing attack to be decent, Terps’ O to be too much
Coming off the bye and a top 25 running O, the Deacs will move the ball, but Maryland seems to be getting in gear offensively and a much better team than Wake Forest.
The Pick: Terps 27 Deacs 21
ATS Section (26-24-1 to date)
- NC State and under 3.5 vs. Florida State
Take to Bank %: 15%
The ACC’s only home Thursday nighter vs. a BCS team so far was NC State, and they covered – you usually take the home team on a Thursday and that’s what I’m doing here.
- Miami and over 15 vs. Virginia
Take to Bank %: 45%
This is a tough one if Miami’s heart isn’t in it, but this game cries 17-point or more margin.
- Clemson and over 7 vs. BC
Take to Bank %: 60%
I don’t know what it is, but Dabo has figured out whatever mystery it was to his predecessor of beating the Eagles – he brings a far better team in and they still have a lot to play for.
- Maryland and over 5.5 vs. Wake Forest
Take to Bank %: 65%
For a team that went 2-10, can there really ever be a letdown game this season? We’ll see Saturday against the Deacs.
- Navy and over 13.5 vs. Duke
Take to Bank %: 55%
Duke’s just not very good.
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