Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
For the second straight week, I picked every game right but one -- the Thursday night game. And for the second straight week, Virginia Tech proved me wrong. I pick the Hokies to win, they lose. I pick them to lose, they win. This week, I’m flipping a coin. OK, not really, but only because a ranked Virginia Tech team should not lose to an unranked two-win Maryland team.
I’ve upped my season winning percentage to 70.1 percent. A few weeks ago it was 67.1 percent. Just call me Carolina …
Boston College 21, Virginia 17 -- The question is whether or not this team has quit yet on Al Groh, and I don’t think it has, but who knows how the Cavaliers will respond after last week’s drubbing by Miami. Both of these teams have good defenses, but BC has had the more consistent offensive approach, and that’s why the Eagles will pick up their first road win of the season.
Clemson 35, NC State 31 -- It wouldn’t be surprising if Clemson’s turnovers kept the Pack in the game, and the Tigers had to rally in the second half, but that’s nothing we haven’t seen before. In the end, NC State’s defense won’t be good enough to stop C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford, and it will cost them the game, but it will be extremely close.
Wake Forest 24, Florida State 21 -- This time, the Deacs come out three points ahead. Despite having eight new starters on defense, Wake Forest has never given up more than 24 points in regulation all year except for Clemson. This defense will have luxury of initiating a rookie quarterback, as E.J. Manuel will start in place of injured Christian Ponder, and experience at quarterback will be the difference in this game.
Virginia Tech 17, Maryland 14 -- Regardless of who starts at quarterback for Maryland -- injured starter Chris Turner or backup Jamarr Robinson -- the Terps will keep this game interesting. The defense will blitz and put pressure on Tyrod Taylor, and it’s not as if the Hokies’ offense has been prolific the past few weeks. But the Hokies have more overall talent and experience, and it will show.
Georgia Tech 42, Duke 35 -- The Jackets have been inconsistent all year on defense, and Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is good enough to score against them. This will be another game for Georgia Tech like Florida State, where both defenses struggle. The intangibles carrying Duke will go a long way, but in the end won’t be enough to beat the No. 7 team in the country.
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