ACC Previews and Predictions for Week 4
Week 4 ACC Predictions
If you haven’t been keeping an eye on the ACC this season, then you’ve been missing out. There are three teams ranked in the top-25 and about four or five that have the potential to be there when the season comes to an end.
The Clemson Tigers look to be the top dog in the conference and for good reason. They took down one of the SEC’s best teams in week one when the Tigers hosted the Georgia Bulldogs only to beat them, 38-35. Clemson has a Heisman-type quarterback in senior Tajh Boyd who could be the conference’s top player once again and his favorite target, Sammy Watkins, could also contend for the coveted trophy by season’s end.
While Clemson might be the favorite right now, there are two teams on the Tigers’ heels. The Florida State Seminoles are dominating teams right now to a 2-0 record. It may not seem that impressive, but the Seminoles have put the hurt on Pittsburgh and Nevada on their way to a solid start. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has been incredible for the Seminoles so far in 2013, connecting with receivers for more touchdown passes, six, than he has incompletions, five, this season. If there’s a team who is a close second to Clemson, it’s the Seminoles right now.
Another serious contender in the ACC through three weeks has been the 2-0 Miami Hurricanes. They have also taken down a top SEC team in the Florida Gators in week two and earned a bye in week three. Savannah State is next on the Hurricanes’ schedule and will likely be over before halftime.
Take a look at the week four ACC previews and predictions for each game.
No. 3 Clemson at North Carolina State
Clemson is undoubtedly the top team in the ACC right now. N.C. State is coming off a close win against Richmond and looks very vulnerable. Clemson will shut down talented quarterback Pete Thomas at home.
PREDICTION: Clemson 38, N.C. State 23
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
North Carolina will face off against a tough Georgia Tech squad that has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation. The Tar Heels have a solid offense, but the defense will have a hard time containing Georgia Tech on the road.
PREDICTION: North Carolina 28, Georgia Tech 31
Marshall at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech and Logan Thomas have been a bit disappointing offensively, but it's only a matter of time before he and the Hokies break out. Why not break out against a Marshall team that has yet to face a quality opponent?
PREDICTION: Marshall 10, Virginia Tech 31
Wake Forest at Army
Wake Forest is now 1-2 following a tough loss against UL-Monroe. The offense has been awful this season while quarterback Tanner Price has been the only bright spot. Good thing for them, Army's offense and defense are even worse.
PREDICTION: Wake Forest 24, Army 20
Pittsburgh at Duke
Pittsburgh enters this week four matchup with a record of 1-1 while Duke sits at 2-1. The Panthers offense a bit above average, but the defense is just awful -- or at least it has been this season, allowing 34 points per game. Duke is set to take advantage of this poor defense and home-field advantage.
PREDICTION: Pitt 17, Duke 28
Tulane at Syracuse
Syracuse has lost to two solid Big Ten squads so far this season, but gets two weeks off in a row against Wagner and now Tulane. The Green Wave aren't as easy as you might think, but they won't be able to stop a solid Syracuse offense on the road.
PREDICTION: Tulane 21, Syracuse 34
West Virginia at Maryland
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has been solid in 2013 so far, passing for 833 yards and six touchdowns through three weeks. However, West Virginia's offense has also been solid, allowing just 13 points per game. West Virginia doesn't have enough offense to keep up with the Maryland attack.
PREDICTION: West Virginia 17, Maryland 27
Virginia Military Institute at Virginia
This game should be no contest as Virginia has surely faced tougher foes than the Virginia Military Institute. This game should be a breeze for the Cavaliers.
PREDICTION: Virginia Military Inst. 7, Virginia 35
Bethune-Cookman at No. 8 Florida State
Bethune-Cookman poses no serious threat to Florida State. As hard as it is to call this a sure-win, that's exactly what it is. Cookman's defense will have a very difficult time trying to slow down Jameis Winston and the powerful Seminoles offense.
PREDICTION: Bethune-Cookman 0, Florida State 45
Savannah State at No. 16 Miami(FL)
Savannah State has one of the worst offenses that Miami will see this season -- if not the worst -- and it averages just 17 rushing yards per game. The Hurricanes will have no problem taking down this team behind the strong run game of Duke Johnson.
PREDICTION: Savannah State 3, Miami(FL) 59