Editor’s note: Like most of us, Nic had a so so week 5 going 4-3 overall and now stands at 43-12 (78%) on the season.
North Carolina State (4-1) @ Virginia Tech (2-3)- Well the Wolfpack finally played a team with a pulse, and what pretty much everyone outside of Raleigh figured would happen, happened. Virginia Tech, I just don’t know what to expect of them, this was supposed to be the year that Frank Beamer could put a respectable team back together, the defense was supposed to be good enough to get VT to at least 8 wins but I don’t see that happening. Brissett I think since he has seen a real team will now be able to put enough together that he can get the W in Blacksburg. NC State 24 – VirginiaTech 14
Duke (4-1) @ Army (1-4)- The Blue Devils knocked off a tough Boston College team last week without scoring a single touchdown. BC’s defense is #1 in total defense unfortunately they are #113 in total offense. This week Army will be a good bit easier to face than BC was so I fully expect Duke to improve to 5-1 and maybe start to gain a little more respect slowly from the national media. Duke 34 – Army 13
Virginia (1-3) @ Pittsburgh (3-1)- Another game for Pittsburgh that they should be able to rack up the impressive defensive stats and improve to 4-1 on the season. Pittsburgh 27 – Virginia 7
Wake Forest (2-3) @ Boston College (3-2)- The Eagles with their stingy defense and home field advantage will get their first conference win of the season. Wake Forest, despite only being 2-3 has actually impressed me this season but they won’t have enough offense to get past the number 1 defense in yards allowed in the country. Boston College 17 – Wake Forest 7
Georgia Tech (2-3) @ Clemson (4-0)- The Tigers are coming off of a hard-fought and emotionally draining win in the pouring rain this past weekend. The Clemson fan base showed up and showed out in primetime but that isn’t makes them great they are great because they show up in all games big and small same as the team in the Dabo Swinney era. What makes the Swinney era different from the Bowden era is that they win the big games and then they win the games against lesser opponents afterwards as they have won 30 consecutive games against non-ranked competition. Georgia Tech has given up over 200 yards a game on the ground the last several weeks Clemson will do that to them again and maybe with the sun coming out Watson and the pass game may begin to shine again as well, the defense will hold GT off the board until late after the game is well in hand. Clemson 38 – GeorgiaTech 21
Syracuse (3-1) @ South Florida (1-3)- I believe the Syracuse Orange will get their QB Eric Dungey back this week but this week is more about USF just being that bad. Syracuse 28 – South Florida 20
Miami (3-1) @ Florida State (4-0)- I can’t believe I’m about to predict this but I believe that Miami didn’t have their full attention on Cincinnati last week and that is why they fell to the Bearcats, this week FSU has their full attention as they probably did last week. Dalvin Cook is list as day-to-day and Everett Golson despite having success in the past just hasn’t been able to throw the ball this year. I think that Brad Kyaa goes off through the air and Joseph Yearby has a solid day on the ground while the ‘Canes defense does just enough and they save Al Golden’s job, for now. Miami 24 – FloridaState 17