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ACC Football: ACC Football Winners Against the Spread for Week 12, Tar Heels Set Records

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Woody's Log Week 12 - ACC Winners Against the Spread, Tar Heels Set Records

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There’s not really any good way to say this…

But here goes…

(deep breath)

There just isn’t an ACC Football that is going to move the rating meter this weekend.

Yes, even the champion of all that is ACC Football has to admit when he can’t find a list of sexy games the nation has to watch.

Even though it may not be must see football TV, there are a few compelling stories that will make things interesting if you have to watch.

It’s not like its Big 10 Football

(big smile… checking the weekly dig on the Big 10 off the list)

So what is on the line in the ACC this Saturday?

How about the Coastal Division and the Atlantic Division crowns?

How about bowl berths on the line?

If that is what you are looking for, then look no further than the ACC!

Told you there is always a silver lining!

But here is the bad news…

(you knew that was coming didn’t you…)

Right now there are only seven ACC teams Bowl Eligible and if things fall the wrong way that total could go down to just four.

And to make matter’s worse, it could go even lower by the time the ACC Championship Game rolls around.

The other bad news is that old Woody’s Log went up in flames last week pulling in its first losing mark of the season at 2-3.

Overall, the record is still solid Against the Spread at 43-29-1 for 2012.

But Week 12 is off to an 0-1 start after a misread on the North Carolina Tar Heels thumping of the Virginia Cavaliers, 37-13.

It was your typical game of the Cavaliers simply killing themselves time and time again and in their most critical contest of the season as they were trying to win to stay bowl eligible.

That dropped pass that would been an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game was just brutal…

And it was a glimpse into what has been Virginia Football for 2012.

It was so bad, I’m not going to even mention that poor kids name…

On the flip side, though, Carolina freshman WR Quinshed Davis broke quite a few records in the game.

Davis caught 16 passes for 174 yards in the game which gave him 46 catches for 543 yards on the season. The 16 grabs is an ACC Record and the 46 on the season is a Carolina record.

Oh and Carolina QB Bryn Renner also had a record-setting game as he became the first Tar-Heel to go for back-to-back 3,000 yards seasons.

So which other team is going to pass or fail the bowl test?

Let’s take a look at Woody’s Log for Week 12 in the ACC!

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No. 10 Florida State Seminoles @ Maryland Terrapins (+31)


No. 10 Florida State Seminoles @ Maryland Terrapins (+31)

ESPNU – Noon

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All that stands between the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the Atlantic Division Title is the Maryland Terrapins.

Guess our work is done here…

(closes door)

Seriously, could there be a more anti-climactic game than the ‘Noles versus the Terps?


FSU punches it’s ticket to the ACC Championship Game and covers 44-6.

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Virginia Tech Hokies @ Boston College Eagles (+9.5)


Virginia Tech Hokies @ Boston College Eagles (+9.5)

ACC Network – 12:30 p.m.

XM 203 – SIRIUS 93


So what in the heck can you say about this game?

The catch here is that Logan Thomas needs a signature game especially if he is going to forgo his senior season with the Virginia Tech Hokies.

But the Hokies looked like they were finally broken last week…

Virginia Tech can still become bowl eligible if they win out…

So with that being said, Hokies win, but do not cover… 35-30.

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South Florida Bulls @ Miami Hurricanes (-3.5)

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South Florida Bulls @ Miami Hurricanes (-3.5)

Fox Sports Regional Networks – 3 p.m.

XM 195 – SIRIUS 136


Well, what is there not to like about the South Florida Bulls wrestling with the Miami Hurricanes

Skip Holtz needs a win to possibly save his job with the Bulls…

The Hurricanes are trying desperately to win out and stay Bowl Eligible and make the ACC Title Game.

Sounds like normal goals for the Hurricanes, but their intentions are motivated from a different concern.

If Miami wins out and qualifies for both the title game and a bowl, reports are they will sacrifice both of these as a peace offering to the NCAA in hopes saving any major sanctions stemming from the Shapiro Scandal.

The Hurricanes will win, but will not cover, 38-35.

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Duke Blue Devils @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-13.5)


Duke Blue Devils @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-13.5)

ESPNU – 3:30 p.m.

XM 191 – SIRIUS 94


And let the first playoff game begin to eventually determine the winner of the Coastal Division in the ACC!

This is also a game this sports writer will be watching live!

Not too often you have the Duke Blue Devils playing for their first every appearance in the ACC Championship Game!

And it should be quite the offensive showcase too as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets put up 68 last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Duke has had an extra week to prepare for Tech and should be able to do some great things.

Again, the winner of the game stays alive in the Coastal…

The loser is done…

And to make matters even more exciting, if the Yellow Jackets lose they will have to knock off its rival in the 5th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on the road to qualify for a Bowl Game.

Georgia Tech is the more desperate team and they will win, but will not cover in a shootout, 52-44.

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North Carolina State Wolfpack @ No. 11 Clemson Tigers (-16.5)

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North Carolina State Wolfpack @ No. 11 Clemson Tigers (-16.5)

ABC/ESPN2 – 3:30 p.m.

XM 190 – SIRIUS 135


All you can say about this game is that it was too bad the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles will be wrapping up its destruction of the Maryland Terrapins.

The 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers deserved a better fate…

And the nation deserved this game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack to mean something.

In a way, it is still a very meaningful game for Clemson who can finish the ACC Season at 10-1, 7-1 with its only loss to the ‘Noles.

To be honest, the Tigers have actually handled the rest of the conference with ease compared to FSU.

Look for Clemson to roll in this game at home and cover, 48-17, to send a message to the nation that it is deserving of some love.

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-24)


Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-24)

NBC – 3:30 p.m.

XM 129 – SIRIUS 129


As if things could not get any worse for the ACC and its national exposure the College Football Gods presents to you the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the road to face the 3rd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on NBC.

Good lord…

The Irish do have the “tag” on them that they play to the level of their competition but there is just no way Wake Forest has the experience to keep up.

The Boston College Eagles did the conference proud in its effort against Notre Dame last week, but that game was at home.

Wake is traveling to Touchdown Jesus, though…

And this will not end well…

Notre Dame rolls, 38-10.


M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.