ACC predictions: Week 6

Virginia Tech fans have happily been reminding me that I have only picked right on one of the Hokies’ games so far – East Carolina. They have proved me wrong with back-to-back conference wins. So I’ll give them a little credit this weekend against, ahem, Central Michigan. That being said, Virginia Tech was my only incorrect pick last week as I went 6-1. That brings the season total to 35-10 for a 77.7 winning percentage.

That might be reason to celebrate in, say, the Big East blogosphere, but not here in ACC country.

NC State 35, Boston College 14: BC’s defense is good enough to create a few turnovers and a short field, but is there any quarterback on the roster who can take advantage of it? Virginia Tech exposed some weaknesses in the Pack’s defense last weekend, but the Eagles have had trouble running the ball lately.

North Carolina 21, Clemson 17: The Tar Heels are starting to get some confidence despite their off-field “issues.” The coaching staff has done a good job stabilizing things on the field. Clemson’s offense has some problems to figure out after turning it over six times against Miami, and is about to see a similar defense. UNC’s backups have played well enough to start for some teams in the ACC.

Miami 27, Florida State 24: This should be another heart-stopper for both fan bases. Thanks to a swift kick from Matt Bosher, coach Randy Shannon will get the home win he needs. Christian Ponder is a great quarterback, but Miami will bring the heat, and the Noles don’t have the receiving corps Miami does.

Wake Forest 24, Navy 21: It’s a must-win situation for the Deacs to keep their bowl hopes alive, and the defense will benefit from having played a respectable game against a similar Georgia Tech offense last weekend. The retention will be there, but will the offense?

Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 21: Joshua Nesbitt will make the difference in the end, but the familiarity between the two staffs should keep this game interesting. Virginia didn’t quit at halftime last weekend against Florida State, and Mike London will have them prepared for his former boss’ 3-4 defense.

Virginia Tech 42, Central Michigan 7: This should be a name-your-score type of game, and one Ryan Williams doesn’t need to play in. It’s the start of a three-game stretch in Lane Stadium in which Virginia Tech should go 3-0.