ACC predictions: Week 10

November, 4, 2010
Predictions: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-10 | SEC | Non-AQ

Here, watch, see this? It’s me flipping a coin this week. Heads, I lose in the ever-unpredictable ACC. That’s right, I’m blaming last week’s 3-3 record on Clemson, Miami and, well, Navy, for not winning the games they were supposed to win. Kudos to Virginia, Boston College and Duke for proving me wrong. Shame on you, North Carolina, for giving your fans a mild coronary for three quarters. And thanks, Tom O’Brien, for making me look smart. Just not smart enough. The grand total is a 51-18 record (73.9 percent) heading into Week 10.

Nobody has a bye week this week, so there are even more opportunities for surprises. Will Georgia Tech be the first to turn the tables on the Hokies? Doubt it:

Virginia Tech 45, Georgia Tech 24: The Hokies are on a roll -- one of the best teams in college football right now -- and Georgia Tech’s defense won’t be able to stop them. Tyrod Taylor and the boys will go up and down the field enough times to make Al Groh dizzy.

Boston College 21, Wake Forest 7: If Clemson couldn’t score on the Eagles, Wake is going to have a heck of a time. Montel Harris will run the ball for another 100 yards, and BC’s defense will win the game for them.

NC State 21, Clemson 17: Russell Wilson will make just enough plays to put the Pack over the top, and Clemson’s offense will struggle even more without injured running back Andre Ellington. Clemson is a very one-dimensional team without C.J. Spiller or Jacoby Ford to stretch the field.

Florida State 35, North Carolina 14: It’s going to be a coming out party for FSU. It’s a bounce-back game, as the Seminoles know they’re still in the hunt and it will likely come down to them or NC State. Especially since …

Miami 21, Maryland 20: The staff will put Stephen Morris in position to succeed, and the Canes will rise up and win it without Jacory Harris. Maryland is sound. The quarterback is underrated. Danny O’Brien facilitates their playmakers, plays smart and is well-coached. Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown has done one of the best jobs in the league this year, but Miami gets the win at home.

Duke 31, Virginia 21: Duke got some confidence in its road win over Navy, particularly at the quarterback position, where it needed it the most. Yes, Virginia was able to knock off a ranked Miami team last week, but it’s not easy to win on the road anywhere in the ACC. In a battle of the Coastal Division’s two cellar-dwellers, the home team wins.



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