ACC Predictions - Week 3

Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas

ACC power Clemson and upstart North Carolina State don't play until next Thursday, but Week 3 in the ACC features more intriguing non-conference games. See which teams the CuseNation.com staff feels will come out on top for the Saturday slate.

Week two of the college football season was another big one in the ACC, with another big upset to its credit. Through the second set of games, here's a look at where things stand between CuseNation.com ACC experts Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr.

Current Standings

McAllister: 19-3

Garcia Jr.: 18-4

On to Week 3...

Virginia Tech at East Carolina

McAllister: The Hokies travel to face the Pirates in an intriguing early season non-conference matchup. The Virginia Tech defense has been outstanding early in the 2013, but the offense still has question marks. While East Carolina is always tough at home, they did give up 38-points to Old Dominion. The Hokies are tested, but pull away late for the 35-24 victory.

Garcia Jr.: I'm with Mike, ECU is better than people think, but still not quite equipped enough to knock off Tech. This is the game that Logan Thomas reminds us why he was a dark-horse Heisman contender heading into the 2012 season. Hokies, 34-20.

New Mexico at Pittsburgh

McAllister: While the Panthers struggled against the Seminoles in week one, they are still much more talented than the Lobos. Expect the Pittsburgh rushing attack to get back on track in a 38-13 win.

Garcia Jr.: Pitt got the week off after Florida State welcomed them to the ACC with a rout, and it will pay dividends here. New Mexico won't be a push-over, but the Panthers should snag their first win in a fun game, 38-28.

Louisiana Monroe at Wake Forest

McAllister: The Demon Deacons are coming off a tough road loss at Boston College. But they should have an easy time with the Warhawks. Wake cruises to a 41-16 win to move to 2-1 on the season.

Garcia Jr.: ULM made waves a season ago with big-time early upsets, and while the 2013 squad hasn't been as exciting, it gets it done against arguably the youngest ACC team out there. Upset city as the Warhawks edge out Wake 20-17 on a late field goal.

Boston College at USC

McAllister: Not much to say here. The Trojans, despite their early season struggles, are much more talented all over the field. While Lane Kiffin may try to keep the Eagles in the game, they should get into the win column. USC wins 31-20.

Garcia Jr.: Hawaii gave USC all it could handle and Washington State edged out the Trojans' dormant offense last week. With Lane Kiffin's job on the line, he does what he does best and showcases an inept team. Boston College pulls out the ACC's third big upset of the year, 21-14.

Georgia Tech at Duke

McAllister: The Yellow Jackets triple option look gives the Blue Devils fits. Tech's defense does enough to stifle Duke's offense. Georgia Tech 27 Duke 23.

Garcia Jr.: Jackets triple-option + Duke down its starting QB = GT victory. Duke's defense hangs tough, but that running attack is too much, 31-17.

Nevada at Florida State

McAllister: Another mismatch as the Seminoles should be able to control Nevada on both sides of the ball. Winston continues to become a star with another strong performance. Florida State 45 Nevada 10.

Garcia Jr.: Jameis Winston won't be as good as he was in his debut against Pitt, but that's okay for FSU. He still flashes some big-time plays and the 'Noles control the Wolfpack for a home-opening win, 38-13.

Wagner at Syracuse

McAllister: The Orange offense finally gets rolling against a game, but undersized Wagner squad. Look for a big game from the Syracuse ground attack and solid play from both quarterbacks. Syracuse gets in the win column in blowout fashion. Syracuse 41 Wagner 14.

Garcia Jr.: Will Terell Hunt finally take over as the Syracuse QB? Not really, as many FBS arms would look good against Wagner. Drew Allen's argument is saved by the schedule, and SU rolls 44-10.

Maryland at Connecticut

McAllister: Randy Edsall returns to take on his former Connecticut Huskies. While neither team is overwhelming, the Terrapins have more playmakers offensively. Maryland 31 Connecticut 17.

Garcia Jr.: The Edsall bowl is a defensive battle, but UConn comes up short yet again. Terps pull away in the end for a 31-14 victory.

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