My picks were terrible last week. No way could I foresee Miami losing to K-State, Maryland losing to Temple and Virginia losing to Southern Miss. None of those games were on last week’s upset watch. The lead upset, though, did come to fruition, as Clemson knocked off Florida State. Can the Tigers do it again this weekend?
Here’s a look at the ACC’s most likely upsets in Week 5:
No. 13 Clemson at No. 11 Virginia Tech: Both teams are 4-0, and the Hokies have one very distinct advantage in this game -- Lane Stadium. Clemson is a young team, and how it handles both its success and the challenge of playing in such an unforgiving venue will be critical. The Tigers have been the more explosive offense, but Virginia Tech’s defense is one of the best in the country this year and holding opponents to just 10 points per game. Don’t forget, though, FSU’s D was holding its opponents to 11 points per game before the Tigers racked up 35.
North Carolina at East Carolina: The Tar Heels are trying to rebound from their loss to Georgia Tech, and they will face an entirely different offensive concept against the Pirates. ECU has given ACC teams problems in the past, and earlier this season, Virginia Tech’s offense mustered just enough for a 17-10 win against a scoring defense that ranks 98th in the country (32 points per game). UNC has to sustain its drives, convert third downs and control the clock.
Wake Forest at Boston College: In case you’re confused, the upset is if BC wins. The Demon Deacons are coming off a bye week and the Eagles are feeling much better after their first win of the season. Wake Forest, though, already has an Atlantic Division win, and another would do wonders for their positioning in the conference race and their bowl hopes. BC, though, needs to beat an opponent on its level. The Eagles made strides against Massachusetts, but can they put it all together for an ACC win?