ACC Bowls Breakdown ‘10-11: Fight Hunger

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 7, 2011 under ACC Football | 2 Comments to Read

Not only does BC stop the run well - they can fly! (Per

And here we are – a week into January and just topping off the bowl season in San Francisco…

2010-11 ACC Pick’Em (73-31 so far on the season)

  • 01/09/11 – Boston College Eagles vs. Nevada Wolfpack / ESPN/ 9 ET

Must-See Matchup, BC offense vs. Nevada Defense: Montel Harris vs. Nevada rush D

Thanks to the long layoff, Harris is back from the knee injury to give the Eagles a 1-2 punch with Williams against the 23rd ranked rushing D at Nevada.

Must-See Matchup, Nevada offense vs. BC Defense: Colin Kaepernick & Nevada run vs. BC’s no. 1 rush D

Nevada’s pistol rushing attack is ranked 3rd nationally – averaging over 300 yards per game…BC is just allowing 80 yards – something has to give.

Watch 4: Nevada’s dynamic offense to be just too much

Nevada has something to prove in front of a mostly partisan crowd in San Francisco – BC will probably be BC and hang tough…Wolfpack just grind it out in the fourth quarter.

The Pick: Wolfpack 28 Eagles 20

ATS Section (45-45-1 to date)

Over .500 all rides on the final ACC game of the season – here goes…

  • Nevada -7.5 vs. BC

Take to Bank %: 15%

BC allowed 10, 13, 16, 13, and 7 in their 5-game winning streak to the finish – Nevada scored 63, 35, 52, 34, and 35 in that stretch…so just what is the exchange rate from a top 15 team from the WAC to a 7-5 team from the ACC? Apparently, it’s just over a TD to Vegas and I think the Wolfpack just edge out the number.

Thoughts on the Fight Hunger – are actually watching it at 9 ET on a Sunday night?

ACC Bowls Breakdown ‘10: Orange

Posted by Brandon Rink on January 3, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

As he's been all season, Tyrod Taylor is the key to win against Stanford.

At 1-26 against top 5s and the ACC at 2-10 in BCS bowls – here we go folks…

2010 ACC Pick’Em (72-31 so far on the season)

  • 01/03/11 – Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Stanford Cardinal / ESPN/ 8:30 ET

Must-See Matchup,VT offense vs. Stanford Defense: Tyrod Taylor vs. Stanford front-7

If Taylor can post another monster game, the Hokies have a good shot.

Must-See Matchup, Stanford offense vs. VT Defense: Luck’s arm vs. VT secondary

The Cardinal have a balanced attack, and if the Hokies can keep Luck from picking them apart, they have a better shot at taking this one.

For more stats and analysis – check out my Southern Pigskin breakdown of the Orange Bowl.

Watch 4: Stanford to show why they are a top 5 team

The Hokies are going to be there step for step, but I like Stanford’s strength across the board and how they played down the stretch.

The Pick: Cardinal 27 Hokies 24

ATS Section (45-44-1 to date)

We’re 4-3 straight up, but 3-4 ATS in ACC bowls…

  • Virginia Tech +3.5 vs. Stanford

Take to Bank %: 10%

We’re hedging a bit here, but the Hokies can stick with Stanford and maybe even get that extra score to pull it off.

Fight Hunger breakdown coming up next – thoughts on the Orange?

ACC Bowls Breakdown ‘10: Chick-Fil-A

Posted by Brandon Rink on December 30, 2010 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

True freshman Marcus Lattimore has battered defenses all season. (Per

ACC and SEC Championship Game losers face-off in Atlanta…

2010 ACC Pick’Em (71-29 so far on the season)

  • 12/31/10 – Florida State Seminoles vs. South Carolina Gamecocks / ESPN/ 7:30 ET

Must-See Matchup, FSU offense vs. SC Defense: FSU rushing attack vs. Gamecocks’ rush D

South Carolina is 9th nationally in stopping the run – FSU has a 3-headed monster at RB that has racked up 16 TDs.

Must-See Matchup, SC offense vs. FSU Defense: SC’s Jeffery and Gurley vs. FSU secondary

The Gamecocks have a couple studs at WR that can rip apart a secondary – the ‘Noles have improved back there, but aren’t exactly elite.

For more stats and analysis – check out my Southern Pigskin breakdown of the New Year’s Eve bowls.

Watch 4: SC offense to be too much.

In almost their entire football history, the Gamecocks haven’t had “it” – the intangible (and talent) to reel off big win after big win – they have “it” this year and the ‘Noles aren’t quite there.

The Pick: Gamecocks 34 ‘Noles 24

ATS Section (44-42-1 to date)

We’re 2-1 straight up, but 1-2 ATS in ACC bowls…

  • Gamecocks and over 3 vs. FSU

Take to Bank %: 60%

There probably isn’t a game this ACC bowl season I’d like to be more wrong about, but any ACC team outside of Virginia Tech was going to have trouble in this particular game.

Orange Bowl breakdown coming up next – thoughts on the Chick-Fil-A Bowl?