ACC Football 2013 Previews & Predictions: Week 6

Miami and Georgia Tech Face Off for Coastal Supremacy; Who Gets the Inside Track?

Miami and Georgia Tech Face Off for Coastal Supremacy; Who Gets the Inside Track?

Another week of ACC action, and now we’re actually figuring out how good teams are. Tougher opponents could spell doom for several teams, though because they’re untested to this point, we really don’t know what to expect once up against fellow conference teams. Just like normal, we’re running down the list of every ACC (plus Louisville) game and predicting outcomes that will almost undoubtedly be wrong. Have some picks of your own? Predict away in the comments!

Game of the Week

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) (2-1) at Miami Hurricanes (4-0) (0-0): Georgia Tech was kept in check last week, while no one’s really contained Miami to this point. Vad Lee‘s not your typical triple-option quarterback, so I’m not sure the extra time the Wreck gets here is even worth it. Lee knows what he’s doing, of course, but he’s yet to go up against a legitimate defensive front. The defense is rock-solid for Tech, though this Miami offense has more than enough playmakers to combat that. As much as this one seems ripe for a Yellow Jackets upset, there’s just too much to like about the ‘Canes. Serviceable defense, dynamic offense — they can take care of this game, albeit barely. Prediction: Miami 33, Georgia Tech 24

The Rest of the Slate (in order of start time):

Ball State Cardinals (4-1) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) (0-1): Ball State’s offense has been entirely to hard to stop so far this season, putting up 40 points per game through five contests. The Virginia defense appears ready for the challenge, though. Outside of the Oregon debacle, the Hoos have not allowed 20 points to any opponent, which bodes well for their matchup with the Cardinals. If they can keep containment on Ball State’s passing game as they have other teams’, that should lead them to a comfortable victory. Prediction: Virginia 31, Ball State 21

Maryland Terrapins (4-0) (0-0) at Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (2-0): FSU’s offense has been impressive thsu far, while their defense has been less than stellar. For the first time this season though, they’re up against an actual challenge to both. With an aggressive Terps’ defense nipping at their heels, can the ‘Noles outlast and outscore their challenging, surprising opponent? And considering Maryland’s tough passing attack, can FSU keep containment on both C.J. Brown and Stefon Diggs? This won’t be a blowout at all, but I’m still tempted to take FSU, if only because that program’s well assimilated to these types of heated, competitive matchups at this point in the year. Prediction: Florida State 38, Maryland 27

Louisville Cardinals (4-0) at Temple Owls (0-4): If only the Owls, or any other Louisville opponent, were better this year. The Cardinals’ hot start is set to continue against Temple, as they face off with another lackluster defense and a team that can’t find a way to score (just 18 points per game up to this point). As per usual, expect Teddy Bridgewater to find his way to the bench by the third quarter, while effortlessly entering his name into the national Heisman conversation (only to be criticized due to schedule). Prediction: Louisville 48, Temple 17

North Carolina Tar Heels (1-3) (0-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1) (1-0): UNC has struggled mightily this season, failing to score points, or stop opponents from doing so either. Virginia Tech has failed to score points, but has also possessed one of the country’s top defenses. For Carolina, this doesn’t project out all that well. Can they get past their previous issues, though? Coach Larry Fedora seems dead set on tossing aside previous issues, but I do think the Hokies’ defense will simply be too much to handle for this one-dimensional Heels team. Prediction: Virginia Tech 26, UNC 21

Army Black Knights (2-3) at Boston College Eagles (2-2) (1-1): Now that the government shutdown nonsense has been tossed aside, this game will go off as planned. Boston College is looking to snap a two-game losing steak, while Army’s looking to win its second straight and first true road game of the season. The Knights pulled out a close win against BC last season, but that’s all behind the Eagles now. With a rejuvenated offense and a stout defense, Boston College should be able to put away Army and notch win No. 3 on the year. If they can’t, there’s very little chance this team is going bowling. Prediction: Boston College 33, Army 24

NC State Wolfpack (3-1) (0-1) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-3) (0-2): Wake can’t score points, but I’m not sure State can either based on their output thus far. The Pack have struggled and triumphed in equal measure, adding a level of confusion to what they’re really going to do this season. Still, I really like the NC State defense so far, and if nothing else, they should be able to let this offense relax and score when comfortable on Saturday. Wake won’t be far behind, but the Deacs’ offense has simply inspired too many jokes to be considered competitive anymore. Prediction: NC State 30, Wake 17

Clemson Tigers (4-0) (2-0) at Syracuse Orange (2-2) (0-0): The Clemson offense is impressive as ever, but the star of Saturday’s matchup might end up being the defense, led by Vic Beasley. If the Tigers can apply pressure on SU quarterback Terrel Hunt, it should be enough to propel them to a win despite the difficult, unfamiliar environment. Obviously there’s potential for an upset on the road, but there’s simply too much worth admiring on both sides of the ball for Clemson to pick against them. Prediction: Clemson 45, Syracuse 28

Last Week: 5-2; Season: 47-5

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