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ACC Previews and Predictions for Week 5

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ACC Previews and Predictions

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Week four of the college football season has come to a close and week five promises to be full of solid ACC matchups. Many fans are relieved to see the non-conference season over because watching their favorite teams beating up on little-to-no competition was beginning to be a boring happening.

There is a full slate of games in week five for the ACC. Some teams are still playing non-conference foes while four games match up conference teams against each other. The ACC looks like it’s in the hands of three teams as of right not. The Miami Hurricanes, Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers seem to be the three teams that will be heavily chased after during the conference season – and they are full of talent and potential that could lead to a national title.

The Florida State Seminoles have a guy that goes by the name Jameis Winston that happens to be one of two quarterbacks in the conference that are involved in serious Heisman talks. Prior to the Seminoles’ week four game against Bethune-Cookman, Winston had more touchdown passes than incompletions, but nine incompletions thrown against Cookman led to that impressive streak ending. This freshman quarterback is one of the best in the nation.

Clemson has to be the national title favorite of all teams in the ACC. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are a deadly combination that could put this team in the BCS national title game by the end of the season if they win the ACC title.

Finally, the Hurricanes are one of those teams that could sneak up on everyone and snag a conference title without much noise being made. Duke Johnson is quite possibly the most talented running back in the nation, but he has yet to reach full potential early in his college career.

Take a look at the previews and predictions for every week five ACC game.

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Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

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Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech get to play in one of the first games of the week on Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets have the fourth-best rushing attack in the nation while the Hokies have only allowed over 100 yards rushing twice this season. Georgia Tech's offense will be too much for the complacent Hokies offense.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 17, Georgia Tech 31

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Miami at South Florida

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South Florida has an 0-3 record right now and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better for the Bulls -- even though they are at home. With no offense in sight, South Florida has to rely on it's defense which isn't much better. Miami and Duke Johnson will likely run all over the in-state foe en route to a big win.

PREDICTION: Miami 38, South Florida 10

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East Carolina at North Carolina

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East Carolina is 2-1 through three games, but the only loss came at the hands of ACC opponent Virginia Tech. The Pirates don't have a very impressive offense -- other than quarterback Shane Carden -- while North Carolina has potential to be great on offense behind Bryn Renner.

PREDICTION: East Carolina 13, North Carolina 34

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Virginia at Pittsburgh

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Virginia has a 2-1 record with a win against a scrappy BYU team to begin the season. However, the Cavaliers' confidence might be a little shaken still following a 59-10 road loss at Oregon. They have yet to find solid quarterback play, but the defense isn't much better. Pitt had a hard time stopping Jameis Winston in week one, but have been solid since -- even notching their first conference win against Duke.

PREDICTION: Virginia 27, Pittsburgh 37

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Troy at Duke

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Duke is coming off a tough loss against Pittsburgh in a game where no defense was played. The Blue Devils are 2-2 and 0-2 in conference play. They seem to have luck in non-conference matchups, which is why this game against Troy will bode well for Duke.

PREDICTION: Troy 14, Duke 38

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Central Michigan at North Carolina State

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North Carolina State gave Clemson a run for its money in week four, but the Wolfpack came up a bit short. Luckily for them, however, they get to face off against a 1-3 Central Michigan squad that has a hard time scoring and plays awful defense.

PREDICTION: Central Michigan 7, North Carolina State 31

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No. 8 Florida State at Boston College

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Florida State has one of the best offenses in college football while Boston College has Andre Williams and basically no one else to help out. The running back has 75 rushes for 356 yards through three games -- a lot of miles on a running back. I don't think the Eagles' defense has what it takes to slow down Winston because they had a tough time with a nearly quarterback-less USC team.

PREDICTION: Florida State 34, Boston College 13

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Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson

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Wake Forest is not the type of team that can take down Clemson. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are a devastating combo to try and slow down -- and the Demon Deacons don't have the defensive weapons to do so.

PREDICTION: Wake Forest 14, Clemson 38