ACCBlogger.com picks week ten in the ACC…
- 11/01/12 – Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2) [-1.5] @ Miami (4-4, 3-2) / 7:30 p.m. ET / ESPN
The Lead: Round two of Thursday ACCtion sets things in motion in the Coastal, as in basically a pick’em game, the Hokies or ‘Canes will have a leg up with three to go with the victory.
Watch 4: ‘Canes to balance offensive attack, hold off Hokies
This goes against most every pick reflex I have – the Hokies won on the road in this same scenario last season at Georgia Tech, have found some answers offensively of late and actually were pretty solid defensively against Clemson (four turnovers flipped that game). But Miami’s season, for the most part, has been about Al Golden maxing out his team’s potential (mostly on offense) and therefore pulling upsets. He has the weapons on offense to give the Hokies headaches – it’s just a matter of stopping Logan Thomas and co.
The Picks: Brandon Rink – Miami 27-24; Griffin Wong – VT 28-20; J.J. Greenstein – VT 31-27; W. Gustin Vandiford – Miami 38-24; Billy Watson – Miami 28-20;
- 11/03/12 – Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-3) [-7.5] @ Maryland (4-4, 2-2) / 12:30 p.m. ET / ACC Network
The Lead: Georgia Tech is coming off one of its worst offensive performances in the Paul Johnson era, with a QB competition in full-go – Maryland, on the other hand, would just like a quarterback to take a snap without some sort of leg injury.
Watch 4: GT to struggle move the ball again, Maryland to struggle more
BYU shut the nation’s third-best rushing attack down last week – 3.3 yards per carry (117 total) and no offensive touchdowns. The task isn’t much easier this week for whoever wins out at QB, whether senior Tevin Washington or sophomore Vad Lee, facing the No. 4 rushing D in Maryland (77.6 YPG). The Terps actually contained them last season in Atlanta, to 4.4 yards per carry and 272 yards overall in a 21-16 Terps loss. The attention turns to former freshman linebacker-and-now-quarterback Shawn Petty, who will engineer what should be a more run-geared Maryland offense. The problem, of course, is the Terps’ best playmaker is at receiver (Stefon Diggs) and on the season, Maryland has a 115th-ranked rushing offense. The Terrapins have rushed for two of their three best running totals in the last two games (206 and 97 respectively), but they could be on track for another heartbreaking loss.
The Picks: Rink – GT 17-13; Wong – GT 10-3; Greenstein – GT 21-13; Vandiford – MD 21-17; Watson – GT 24-3;
- Virginia (2-6, 0-4) @ NC State (5-3, 2-2) [-9.5] / 12:30 p.m. ET / ACC Network
The Lead: Off the bye, Virginia looks to push the reset button on the season with four to go, while NC State is shaking off the cobwebs and nightmares of Gio Bernard running untouched down the sidelines.
Watch 4: State to shake off UNC loss
The question here is, with NC State a very good team at home over the last three seasons (14-2 and 3-0 this season) and overall better this season than the ‘Hoos, if the Wolfpack can put the UNC loss in the past and focus on a rested Virginia team. Mike London’s crew hasn’t shown the ability to win period, much less on the road, of late, but did really, at one point, hold on to a win over a decent Penn State (5-3) before losing six-straight. Still, holding on to the hope NC State is reeling from the last loss isn’t enough to pick the Cavaliers.
The Picks: Rink – NCSU 31-17; Wong – NCSU 27-14; Greenstein – NCSU 20-13; Vandiford – NCSU 42-10; Watson – NCSU 27-10;
- Boston College (2-6, 1-4) @ Wake Forest (4-4, 2-4) [-3.5] / 3:30 p.m. ET / RSN
The Lead: On a one-game winning streak, the Eagles hit the road to face the reeling Deacs, losers of three of their last four games.
Watch 4: Near 100 percent Deacs offense to do enough
Michael Campanaro, up against the juggernaut Clemson offense last week, had a pretty nice comeback from a broken hand – hauling in six catches for 52 yards and rushing for 12 more. The Deacs didn’t exactly display it against the Tigers, but they have found ways to win at home this season (3-0 in the rest), while BC is 0-4 on the road giving up nearly 600 yards per game.
The Picks: Rink – WF 24-20; Wong – WF 21-10; Greenstein – WF 24-14; Vandiford – WF 24-17; Watson – BC 17-10;
- No. 10 Clemson (7-1, 4-1) [-13.5] @ Duke (6-3, 3-2) / 7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN2
The Lead: The Coastal-leading Blue Devils, still, host a hot Clemson team, riding a four-game winning streak with a 20-point average margin of victory.
Watch 4: Two great offenses on display, and Clemson to cruise
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree’s status is up in the air, after taking a nasty hit in the 48-7 loss at FSU last week. But it’s likely he’ll be back to engineer one of the top passing offenses in the ACC (271.5 YPG), against the top passing attack in the ACC (Clemson, 317.6 YPG). With Sammy Watkins back in rhythm (16 catches for 286 yards and a score in the last two games), the Tigers are even tougher to slow down, and Duke, fresh off surrendering 560 yards to FSU, isn’t going to stop them either.
The Picks: Rink – Clemson 45-21; Wong – Clemson 30-20; Greenstein – Clemson 41-31; Vandiford – Duke 34-31; Watson – Clemson 52-10;
Season Pick Records: Rink – 56-14 (31-23-2 ATS, FBS v. FBS games); Wong – 54-16; Greenstein – 49-21; Vandiford – 46-22; Watson 13-9.