ACC Football Pick’Em: 10/28-30

Posted by Brandon Rink on October 28, 2010 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

Will Ponder basically clinch the Atlantic with a win tonight?

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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  • Jamie Mosley said,

    I must say that I am a huge FSU fan. I really wanted my Seminoles to stomp the Wolfpack. But I had great fears, which turns out to be true. Whenever FSU play and I watch them, they seem to loose. It has been this way for the last two years. I watched them once this year (NC State) and felt bad. the only way I can really keep up with them is by watching ESPN highlights, news, and DVR. This sucks. Am I the only fan you have heard of with this cursed ability?

  • Brandon Rink said,


    No, you’re not the only one. My dad has the same issue with his team. You’ve got a good team there and they’re on the rise under Fisher so I think you will be able to watch FSU football more worry-free in the next few years…possibly in their final few games this season.

    FSU needs NC State to lose some games, but I think the ‘Noles will take care of their end of the deal down the stretch.

    Thanks for the comment!