ACC Football Pick Em' Week 2

By Ryan McCart

Week 2 of ACC football is going to start tomorrow with a full slate of games. Unlike last week where the ACC had games from Friday until Monday, this week every game will be on Saturday. My predictions from last week panned out fairly well, where I picked nine games correctly and only North Carolina State kept me from a perfect record.

The schedule this week doesn’t have as many good match-ups, and a lot of the teams simply have tune up games scheduled, but there is a good game or two for you to catch on Saturday.

Let’s get to the picks!

North Carolina State vs. Connecticut

The Wolf Pack didn’t look great against Tennessee last weekend. The offensive line couldn’t protect QB Mike Glennon, who was throwing the ball to the other team, and the secondary looked weak to say the least. But I’m not giving up on NC State just yet. The Huskies are an average team in a poor Big East, and I just can’t see any way that they can beat the Pack. Pick: NC State over UConn

Maryland vs. Temple

Maryland beat FCS William & Mary 7-6 last week. Let me repeat that 7-6! They beat an FCS team by one point, and they are playing a team that beat them last season on the road. The Terrapins really need to step their game up in this one. Pick: Temple over Maryland

Penn State vs. Virginia

The Cavaliers beat Richmond handily last week, and Penn State is playing on the road for the first time of the Bill O’Brien era. It will be a hostile crowd in Charlottesville, and I don’t think a team that loses to Ohio can turn around and beat the Wahoos on the road. Pick: UVa over Penn State

Miami vs. Kansas State

These two played a great game against each other last year, but K-State was able to win it in Coral Gables. This game is in Manhattan, and while the Hurricanes offense looked good last week their defense looked anything but. I expect this to be a close game, but in the end home field advantage trumps all. Pick: Kansas State over Miami

Ball State vs. Clemson

The Tigers looked really good last week against Auburn, especially running back Andre Ellington who broke out for over 200 yards on the ground. This is simply a tune-up game for Clemson’s offense to sharpen its teeth before getting into ACC play. Pick: Clemson over Ball State

Maine vs. Boston College

The Eagles didn’t look bad last week against Miami, but they simply didn’t have enough offensive firepower to stick with the Hurricanes. The ship will be somewhat righted this week as they play an FCS opponent in Maine. This shouldn’t be close. Pick: BC over Maine

Austin Peay vs. Virginia Tech

In Virginia Tech’s annual white out game the Hokies will be facing Austin Peay. The last time the Hokies faced a five day turnaround was in 2010 when they lost to Boise State and then to FCS school JMU. That won’t happen again. They beat Georgia Tech on Monday in an overtime thriller, and will have an easy time with Austin Peay. Pick: VT over Austin Peay

North Carolina vs. Wake Forest

The Tar Heels looked very good last week in a 62-0 victory over Elon. On the other hand, Wake Forest had a very hard time last Saturday against Liberty. The Demon Deacons eventually won 20-17 but the victory didn’t instill a lot of confidence in fans and general observers alike. UNC is just the better team in this one. Pick: UNC over Wake Forest

Savannah State vs. Florida State

This is a historical match-up simply because FSU is a 70 ½ point favorite in this one (the first time the 70 point mark has been surpassed in a Vegas betting line). The Seminoles aren’t going to win this game by that much, simply because I don’t believe that Jimbo Fisher is that classless. Here’s looking at you Oklahoma StatePick: FSU over Savannah State

Presbyterian vs. Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech lost a heartbreaker to Virginia Tech on Monday. However, their defense was solid and the offense just happened to be going up against one of the two best defenses in the ACC. Presbyterian doesn’t pose much of a threat here. Pick: GT over Presbyterian

Duke vs. Stanford

The Blue Devils looked good last week in their win over FIU, but Duke is still a poor team by ACC standards. Stanford is overrated this year, and this game could be closer than most people would think. However, Duke just isn’t as talented as Stanford and it would take a mammoth performance from QB Sean Renfree for Duke to pull this one out. Pick: Stanford over Duke


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