ACCBlogger.com picks week six in the ACC…
Last week (Overall)
Brandon Rink – 6-2 (37-10)
Griffin Wong – 7-1 (36-11)
J.J. Greenstein – 5-3 (33-14)
- 10/08/11 Louisville Cardinals (2-2) @ North Carolina Tar Heels (4-1, 1-1 ACC) / ESPN2 / 12:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: UNC plays part two of their ACC-Big East challenge schedule with Louisville coming to town.
Watch 4: UNC defense to shut Louisville down, Heels to pull away in second half
Louisville is coming off a 17-13 loss to Marshall at home last week – so they’ll be one of two things, angry and ready to compete or a little lost. I’ll say somewhere in between, but regardless, UNC is the better team and coming off a strong performance against ECU last week.
The Pick: Brandon Rink – UNC 31-14; Griffin Wong – UNC 24-10; J.J. Greenstein – UNC 28-14
- Maryland Terrapins (2-2, 1-0 ACC) @ Georgia Tech (5-0, 2-0 ACC) / ESPNU / 12:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: The undefeated Yellow Jackets face the unbeaten in ACC play, but reeling Maryland Terrapins after lackluster performances against Temple and Towson at home.
Watch 4: Georgia Tech offense to keep rolling
Maryland is giving up 177.50 yards per game on the ground, which roughly equates to 1,001.50 per game against Georgia Tech.
The Pick: Brandon Rink – GT 35-21; Griffin Wong – GT 41-24; J.J. Greenstein GT 35-21
- Florida State Seminoles (2-2, 0-1 ACC) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-1, 2-0 ACC) / ACC Network / 12:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: After a much-needed bye week, Florida State tries to regain some momentum off from the two-game losing streak on the road at a surprising Wake Forest team.
Watch 4: Wake to get a mini-wakeup call here
FSU played two top-10 teams back-to-back, and were a play here or there away from knocking them off. With a week to regroup and get health(ier), the Seminoles will show flashes of why they were preseason ACC favorites no matter who is at quarterback.
The Pick: Brandon Rink – FSU 41-17; Griffin Wong – FSU 27-17; J.J. Greenstein – FSU 38-24
- Boston College Eagles (1-4, 0-2 ACC) @ Clemson Tigers (5-0, 2-0 ACC) / RSN / 3:00 p.m. ET
The Lead: This is where the fun begins – 8th-ranked Clemson now has the national spotlight on them with very winnable games coming up, starting with Boston College Saturday.
Watch 4: Clemson defense to bring the pain for injury-hampered BC offense
With Montel Harris and possibly Andre Williams out, the pressure goes all on sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig…a strategy Clemson employed last week with Logan Thomas in Blacksburg (with great success). The Tigers are saying all the right things about taking it a game at a time with all the hype upon them – Saturday, we see if they’re practicing what they preach.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Clemson 45-17; Griffin Wong – Clemson 31-10; J.J. Greenstein – Clemson 35-28.
- Miami Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1 ACC) @ Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1 ACC) / ABC-ESPN / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: Both at 0-1 in ACC play and with how Georgia Tech is playing, this might amount to a divisional elimination game of sorts – Miami coming off a 45-14 win over Bethune-Cookman and the Hokies off a 23-3 loss to Clemson at home.
Watch 4: Who can enforce their will on the ground to take it
Both teams sustained injuries to stars on the interior defensive line this week, and both teams have dynamic running backs, whoever can move the ball consistently and wear down the opposing defense will take this one. In retrospect, that K-State loss doesn’t so bad, but the Ohio State win doesn’t look all that good for Miami…just not confident they can play with as much poise as Clemson did last week to pull off the road upset.
You pick'em game of the week: Miami at Virginia Tech
- Hokies (100%, 8 Votes)
- Hurricanes (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 8
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Virginia Tech 27-20; Griffin Wong – Virginia Tech 21-6; J.J. Greenstein – Virginia Tech 21-14
- Central Michigan Chippewas (2-3) @ NC State Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2 ACC) / ESPN3 / 3:30 p.m. ET
The Lead: For bowl eligibility’s sake, NC State could use a win here to help their chances and just get better with road trips to Virginia and FSU coming up after a bye week.
Watch 4: NC State to put away struggling road team Central Michigan early
The stat we put up the other day was Central Michigan getting outscored 38.6 to 11.3 in road games so far…if NC State overlooks this one, it could be as close as increasingly small Vegas line in the Wolfpack’s favor, but I think they win comfortably.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – NC State 42-21; Griffin Wong – NC State 24-20; J.J. Greenstein – NC State 41-21.
Last week (Overall): 4-1 (16-16)
Just when it looks like we’re going downhill…
- Clemson -20.5 vs. BC
Take to Bank %: 15%
Wasn’t terribly confident in this line with Montel Harris, but a little more without him on the field, as BC used him as a battering ram last season to control the game.
- UNC -12 vs. Louisville
Take to Bank %: 20%
Really like the way UNC has played lately.
- Georgia Tech -14.5 vs. Maryland
Take to Bank %: 45%
Pride might factor in here a bit and Terps’ defense could rebound against the run after struggling against Temple…but I doubt it.
- NC State -10.5 vs. Central Michigan
Take to Bank %: 45%
What should make you weary about this is how well Central Michigan played last week against Northern Illinois, but NIU had a terrible defense – NC State is able to make this at least a two TD game.
- Miami +7.5 vs. Virginia Tech
Take to Bank %: 10%
Feel like I’m playing with fire picking against the Hokies ATS in Lane again, but I also picked Arkansas State to go under the number and they did…Virginia Tech just isn’t blowing anyone away.