Well, Week 9 in the ACC was interesting. We had the Hokies get destroyed in their return to Thursday night football by Miami, Pittsburgh fumbled the football at home giving up 28 points in the 1st quarter, and UVA has gone from 2-0 to 2-2 in the ACC in the blink of an eye. Week 10 should be even more interesting!
Here are some Week 10 predictions.
#2 Florida State (7-0, 4-0 ACC) @ #25 Louisville (6-2, 4-2 ACC)
A Thursday night matchup pits Jameis Winston and the Seminoles against a highly rated Cardinal defense. This will be the toughest defense the Seminoles have faced all season. The Cardinals are ranked 4th in points against at 14.6 a game so scoring may come at a premium here. The Cardinals are coming off a bye week as well so they’re refreshed to face the defending national champions on their home field. I say the nation should be on upset alert here.
Prediction: Cardinals 17 – Seminoles 10
#24 Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) @ Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2 ACC)
After four turnovers on their first 10 players, Pittsburgh dropped the ball last week, literally. It’ll be tougher to recover against a hungry Duke football team screaming for respect in the ACC Coastal. The Blue Devils have won their last two ACC contests against Georgia Tech & Virginia and are fresh off a bye week. If the defense shows up for the Blue Devils, Pitt may drop another one on Heinz Field.
Prediction: Duke 28 – Pitt 17
Boston College(5-3, 2-2 ACC) @ Virginia Tech (4-4, 1-3 ACC)
Well Thursday night was an indicator of changing ways in Blacksburg. This Saturday’s test for the Hokies features a Boston College team that amasses 200+ rushing yards a game by running the ball down their opponent’s throats. The Hokies are injured on both sides of the ball, particularly on defense where DT Luther Maddy will miss the rest of the season with a meniscus tear and LB Chase Williams missed last week’s Miami game with a knee injury and is probable this week. Boston College may have Virginia Tech fans booing again this week, but hopefully the Hokies’ performance on offense will be better than last weeks.
Prediction: Boston College 24 – Virginia Tech 21
North Carolina (4-4, 2-2 ACC) @ Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
Despite their records, these two teams might be the one of the most exciting teams to watch. UNC’s Marquise Williams and Miami’s Duke Johnson are both coming off big performances following two road ACC games. With Miami playing host, the fans shouldn’t be too much of a problem, barring they decide to show up. However, this could be a very high scoring affair to witness. I’m taking my chances with Miami at home here, Duke Johnson looked in rare form last week behind his 249 rushing yards against the Hokies.
Prediction: Miami 34 – UNC 24
NC State (4-4, 0-4 ACC) @ Syracuse (3-5, 1-3 ACC)
NC State is coming off a bye week. The Wolfpack haven’t won an ACC conference game in their last 12 attempts. This game against Syracuse may make it 13. The Orange are hungry for their first ACC home win of the season and that could come quite easily against the Wolfpack. I say the Orange win in a close one.
Prediction: Syracuse 23 – NC State 20
Virginia (4-4, 2-2 ACC) @ Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC)
Virginia was 2-0 and in control of their own ACC Coastal destiny. After dropping their last two, including a 1-pt home loss, they have to be entering this game with a sense of desperation. The Yellow Jackets, on the other hand, are coming off an impressive 56-28 road victory of Pitt and hope to keep the streak going after losing their own 2-o record in the conference. With Georgia Tech moving full steam ahead with Paul Johnson’s Triple Option, it’s hard to see Virginia winning on the road after a tough home loss.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 35 – Virginia 24
Byes This Week: Clemson & Wake Forest
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