ACC Previews and Predictions for Week 11
ACC Previews and Predictions: Week 11
Many people would look at the ACC this season and they would think that it has been a down year for the conference when it comes to top teams. While the conference may be extremely top-heavy -- three teams in the Top 15 -- it is still as unpredictable and tough in the lower-tier of the conference.
It's starting to look like the Florida State Seminoles are running away with the conference this season with an unbeaten record through 11 weeks and complete annihilations of the Miami Hurricanes at home and Clemson Tigers on the road this season -- the other two top teams in the conference. It's not too farfetched to think that the Seminoles could play for a national title this season and possibly dethrone the Alabama Crimson Tide for the national crown. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and he has the Seminoles playing at the highest level of any Florida State team in recent memory.
The ACC is lucky to have another top team like Miami that, other than a blowout loss to the Seminoles a week ago, have been tremendous this season with a 7-1 record. Although they look to be a BCS-caliber team this season, the Hurricanes will be moving forward without their star player, Duke Johnson. The running back broke his ankle a week ago and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.
Finally, the Clemson Tigers are the other team that could give the top teams a run for their money in the conference. Although the Tigers were beaten by the Seminoles at home in embarrassing fashion, they still have a chance to contend for a BCS bowl game and a possible appearance in the ACC title game if the Seminoles lose two games in conference play.
Take a look at the week 11 previews and predictions for each ACC game.
No. 2 Florida State at Wake Forest
Florida State will have no problem shutting down the mediocre Wake Forest offense in this one. Don't forget about Jameis Winston as he could go off against a pretty decent defense and embarrass the Demon Deacons on the road.
PREDICTION: Florida State 45, Wake Forest 13
Virginia at North Carolina
North Carolina is starting to heat up and that is bad news for the Virginia Cavaliers. The Tar Heels have reeled off two straight wins and they will have no problem with Virginia at home -- even with Bryn Renner out.
PREDICTION: Virginia 20, North Carolina 28
Syracuse at Maryland
Syracuse might be in third place in the ACC Atlantic division, but they will be shown just why they are not a legitimate contender by a Maryland team that is hungry for a win. It might get ugly as the Terrapins will be taking out their losing frustration on the Orange.
PREDICTION: Syracuse 21, Maryland 35
Boston College at New Mexico State
Boston College has had some close games against top opponents this season but none have come out in its favor. However, Boston College is not playing a top team this week and that will be nothing but good news for Chase Rettig and the 4-4 Eagles.
PREDICTION: Boston College 31, New Mexico State 17
North Carolina State at Duke
Duke has been a surprise team this season while the North Carolina State Wolfpack have yet to win a conference game in the top-heavy ACC. Duke has the edge in this one because of the above average offense and defense that they run out every week.
PREDICTION: North Carolina State 20, Duke 24
Virginia Tech at No. 11 Miami
This game could be an ugly one as both defenses are stellar but both offenses can be sluggish at times -- especially because Miami will be without Duke Johnson. Watch out for a slug-fest in this one.
PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 17, Miami 20
No. 23 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has not proven much this season while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have beaten some solid teams. Watch out for Tommy Rees to take advantage of a low-confidence team.
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 27, Pittsburgh 21