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ACC Week 4 picks: Will Duke or North Carolina take home the Victory Bell?

Week 4 in the ACC features a return to the field for Miami and Florida State, plus the earliest ever matchup between Duke and North Carolina in their 104-year history. So who wins? Time for some picks. (Visit our college football PickCenter page for additional information on these games and many more.)

Duke (3-0) at North Carolina (1-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

David Hale: The last time Duke was favored to win in Chapel Hill was 1999. The Blue Devils lost that game 38-0. The level of talent at Duke is much improved since then, of course, but I still have some concerns about this secondary, and UNC -- for all its flaws in the early going -- does look like it can throw the ball around a bit. Don’t be surprised by a shootout. UNC 31, Duke 30

Andrea Adelson: Over the past few seasons there have been some surprises in this series. Go no further than last year, when Duke pulled the upset on the favored Tar Heels. So it wouldn't shock me if North Carolina wins, especially if it can find a rhythm behind Chazz Surratt. But Daniel Jones and his teammates on offense are playing at a high level, and so are both the offensive and defensive lines. For that reason, I give Duke the edge and pick the Blue Devils in a close game. Duke 35, North Carolina 33

NC State (2-1) at No. 12 Florida State (0-1), noon, ABC/ESPN2

David Hale: It almost feels like Florida State is a forgotten team, coming off a devastating loss to Alabama, dealing with Deondre Francois' injury, then taking two weeks off due to Hurricane Irma. The Seminoles will remind ACC fans why they’re still a playoff contender this week. While I expect the offense to have some kinks to work out, the defense should dominate the Wolfpack, with Derwin James putting on a show. FSU 28, NC State 10

Andrea Adelson: This could be a game for NC State to steal on the road, given the long layoff for Florida State and the new quarterback under center. But NC State hasn't played well in Tallahassee in recent years, and FSU's defense will overwhelm Ryan Finley and the offense. There might not be many offensive highlights, but Florida State doesn't need any if its defense plays to its full capability. FSU 24, NC State 13

Pittsburgh (1-2) at Georgia Tech (1-1), 12:20 p.m., ACC Network

David Hale: What’s to be made of Pitt? The blowout loss to Oklahoma State may have exaggerated how bad things are, given that it was against a legitimately great offense and the Panthers were coming off a mentally and physically draining game against Penn State. Still, the gauntlet continues this week, and I wouldn’t want to have to adjust to an option offense one week after dealing with Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys. It’ll get better for Pitt -- just not this week. Georgia Tech 38, Pitt 21

Andrea Adelson: The issues for Pitt have been across the board, and that's different from a year ago when its prolific offense made up for lapses on defense. With a new coordinator, new quarterback and new faces just about everywhere, it has been a rough adjustment period. Whether Max Browne or Ben DiNucci starts for Pitt won't matter much at this point. Georgia Tech will get its yards on offense and win. Georgia Tech 35, Pitt 24

Wake Forest (3-0) at Appalachian State (2-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPN3

David Hale: This is a sneaky fun game this weekend. App State will have a sellout crowd, and Wake makes its shortest road trip since the 1940s. So far this year, Wake has blown out every team it has faced, and while the Mountaineers present a slightly bigger challenge, it’s still a pretty one-dimensional attack. It won’t quite look like Miami’s trip to Boone, North Carolina, last year, but I still expect the Deacons to win easily. Wake Forest 33, Appalachian State 13

Andrea Adelson: After "WakeyLeaks" was uncovered last year, Wake Forest has scored at least 34 points in each of the four games it has played. Coincidence? Maybe. But coach Dave Clawson isn't surprised his offense has finally started to score at a higher rate. He saw it in preseason camp, when there were fewer balls hitting the ground during passing drills and scrimmages. This won't be an easy game, but Wake will make it five in a row with 30-plus points. Wake Forest 38, Appalachian State 21

Unanimous choices

Boise State over Virginia

Louisville over Kent State

Virginia Tech over Old Dominion

Clemson over Boston College

Miami over Toledo

LSU over Syracuse

Overall records

Andrea Adelson: 29-5

David Hale: 28-6

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