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ACC Week 11 picks: Can Miami make a playoff statement vs. Notre Dame?

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When the season began, who would have thought Florida State-Clemson would take a back seat to Notre Dame-Miami? But here we are in Week 11, with the Irish and Hurricanes taking center stage. Who will win? Andrea Adelson and David Hale weigh in with their picks.

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No. 23 NC State (6-3, 4-1) at Boston College (5-4, 3-3), noon ET, ABC/ESPN2

Hale: The Wolfpack are coming off two brutally disappointing losses. BC is red-hot, playing at home and coming off a bye. That looks like a recipe for an upset, but I still believe this is a different NC State team, and it won’t collapse just because of some adversity. NC State 24, Boston College 23

Adelson: Boston College has won three of the last four meetings in this series and has been a thorn in Dave Doeren's side. I'm not going to use the word letdown because this Boston College team is vastly better than the one that beat NC State a year ago. But the Eagles are rested, while the Wolfpack just played in consecutive physical games. Boston College 27, NC State 24

No. 17 Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) at Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3), 12:20 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Hale: Georgia Tech simply could not get off the field against Virginia last week, and the loss was a bad one for the Yellow Jackets. It has been a frustrating season with so many near-misses for Paul Johnson’s crew, and at 4-4 with top-ranked Georgia still on the horizon, the Jackets desperately need this one if they want to make a bowl game. Georgia Tech 31, Virginia Tech 30

Adelson: Virginia Tech didn't play well against the run a week ago in a loss to Miami and now faces a Georgia Tech team that absolutely has to win. Bud Foster usually has a good scheme to slow the Jackets down, and I expect Josh Jackson to have a bounce-back game. Virginia Tech has won three straight in Atlanta in the series and has a slight edge. Virginia Tech 33, Georgia Tech 28

Duke (4-5) at Army (7-2), noon ET, CBS Sports Network

Hale: Duke is playing wretched football, but there’s really no excuse for how bad the Blue Devils have been. A week off may be just what the doctor ordered, and the speed and athleticism they have at linebacker should be enough to slow the Army run game. Duke 33, Army 28

Adelson: The good news for Duke is that it does have some experience playing against this type of offense. The bad news is Army is playing exceptionally well and is averaging more rushing yards than the other option teams, including Georgia Tech. Army 28, Duke 23

No. 3 Notre Dame (8-1) at No. 7 Miami (8-0), 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Hale: Last week, I had no good reason to pick Miami, but I wanted to zig when Andrea zagged. I’m doing the same this week. I actually like Miami in this game, but it’s worth noting that the Canes have allowed 52 runs of 10 yards or more this season -- among the worst in the Power 5. That’s bad news against the Irish ground game. Notre Dame 28, Miami 24

Adelson: On paper, most of the matchups point to the Irish, and if Notre Dame wins by two touchdowns it would not come as a huge surprise. But Miami has this belief and confidence and a defense that has a newfound swagger after shutting down Virginia Tech's run game and creating four turnovers for the third straight game. Notre Dame hasn't played a road game in a month, and the heat could be a factor in such a hostile environment. Taking a flier on the Canes. Miami 24, Notre Dame 21

Unanimous selections:

Pitt over UNC

Clemson over Florida State

Syracuse over Wake Forest

Louisville over Virginia

Overall records:

Andrea Adelson: 66-17

David Hale: 60-23