Predictions: ACC Week 12

See what happens when I pick Georgia Tech to win? A vote of confidence and Virginia Tech knocks ‘em out of the Coastal Division race. It was one of two strikes against me last week, the other being BC’s win over NC State. Go figure. I was 4-2 in the picks last week for a grand total of 62-20. My winning percentage stands at 75.6 percent. Nothing spectacular, I know, but it wouldn’t be a week in the ACC without picking at least one surprise, right? See if you can find it:

Virginia Tech 38, North Carolina 24: It will be Senior Day for the Hokies in Lane Stadium, and Virginia Tech has a lot to lose, which is why the Hokies won’t. Virginia Tech is an astounding 25-2 against ACC teams in the month of November. Virginia Tech will play another complete game and clinch the Coastal Division title because ...

Florida State 35, Virginia 17: The Seminoles’ defense is just too good, particularly against the run, which has been Virginia’s strength. The Cavaliers are very well-coached, but they’re not ready to go into that venue and win just yet. FSU's defensive line will fluster quarterback Michael Rocco into a turnover, and quarterback EJ Manuel and the offense will get back on track.

Georgia Tech 35, Duke 21: Those who follow the blog regularly know that during the preseason and earlier this year this is the one game I had predicted the Blue Devils to win, but last week’s loss appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Duke. The Blue Devils are no longer bowl eligible, and Duke still looks like Duke. The Jackets rebound from the loss to the Hokies.

South Florida 31, Miami 28 (OT): Yes, South Florida just snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Syracuse, and yes, the Bulls are a 1-4 Big East team, but this game is at South Florida and Miami’s defense will struggle to contain quarterback B.J. Daniels. Don’t forget South Florida beat Notre Dame, a team that is 2-0 against the ACC this month and will improve upon that on Saturday ...

Notre Dame 24, Boston College 10: This will be a competitive game, and BC’s defense will be a major reason for that, but the Eagles simply aren’t as good offensively as the Irish. After a second half against NC State in which BC was held to minus-2 rushing yards, the Eagles will have a tough time keeping up with an offense that averages 33 points per game.

Wake Forest 21, Maryland 14: The Terps will allow another 100-yard rusher, and Wake’s defense will force quarterback C.J. Brown into a costly turnover just as it did last week against Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. Wake Forest will rebound from its heartbreaker and become bowl eligible in the final ACC game of the season.

Clemson 35, NC State 31: This one comes down to the last play of the game -- again. The Tigers follow their pattern of falling behind, but come roaring back again in the second half. Receiver Sammy Watkins needs to play for the Tigers, as he could be the difference.