Week three of ACC play went mostly as expected. Through three weeks, here’s a look at where things stand between CuseNation.com ACC experts Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr.
Garcia Jr: 25-5
So on to week four…
Clemson at North Carolina State
McAllister: In a battle of undefeated teams, the Tigers come in as heavy favorites and don’t disappoint. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins are too much for the Wolfpack. Clemson wins comfortably 31-16.
Garcia Jr.: N.C. State is better than given credit for early on under former Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, but this is where the lack of coaching experience against one of the top offensive teams in America comes back to bite the Pack. Tajh Boyd looks sharp after a Saturday off in a 38-21 win.
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
McAllister: The Tar Heels are talented, but the Yellow Jackets are off to a strong start early in the season. In a tight contest, the triple option makes just enough plays to move Georgia Tech to 3-0. Georgia Tech 27 North Carolina 24.
Garcia Jr.: This is likely the game of the week in the conference, as both teams can make moves on offense. UNC's defense has more talent, so that may be the difference in a close one down in Atlanta. Tar Heels edge Tech, 24-20.
Marshall at Virginia Tech
McAllister: The Hokies have turned things around after a season opening loss to the defending champs. Their defense proves to be too much for an overmatched Marshall squad. Virginia Tech wins 30-10.
Garcia Jr.: Marshall always seems to play Tech hard, but that Bud Foster defense is as good this season maybe as it's ever been. If Logan Thomas continues to progress and the speed in the backfield is maintained, the Hokies could go on a nice winning streak. They pick up another notch on Saturday, 31-10.
Wake Forest at Army
McAllister: The Cadets gave Stanford a bit of a scare last week. They fight Wake Forest closely as well in this one. The Demon Deacons have struggled early in the season, and again have trouble scoring. Army playing at home is the difference as they pull off an upset victory. Army 20 Wake Forest 16.
Garcia Jr.: Wake lost to ULM last week (as predicted by the former publisher of this site) and relying on youth was a major reason why. It's still an issue going forward, but it won't make for back-to-back subpar losses. The Deacons ease by Army, 28-14.
Pittsburgh at Duke
McAllister: Both teams are looking to rebound from an 0-1 start in conference. The Panthers defense has struggled early in the season and that plagues them again on the road. Duke 28 Pittsburgh 23
Garcia Jr.: Pitt frosh Tyler Boyd has been the top true freshman in the ACC and that coaching staff will continue to do all it can to showcase his talent. Duke doesn't have the athletes in the defensive backfield to slow him, and the Panthers pull to 2-1 on the road, 27-21.
Tulane at Syracuse
McAllister: The Orange are feeling much more confident with Terrel Hunt taking over at quarterback. They continue their momentum from last week’s win with another strong performance against an overmatched Green Wave squad. Syracuse 38 Tulane 24.
Garcia Jr.: Syracuse is riding high on its campaign to [Terrel] Hunt and a confident offense will possess the ball and seldom be slowed against a spotty Green Wave defense. SU's defense follows suit and creates some turnovers and the Orange get a second win in as many Saturdays, 35-20.
West Virginia at Maryland
McAllister: The Terrapins are off to a solid 3-0 start and the Mountaineers have struggled after trying to replace Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and the like. Still, West Virginia comes to play as Maryland loses a winnable one at home. West Virginia 27 Maryland 26.
Garcia Jr.: The Terps are putting together some impressive wins and West Virginia's defense is bucking the conception they created with an awful 2012. One surprise has to budge, and it'll be the Big 12 bunch trying to slow Steffon Diggs and Maryland. WVU goes down 30-24.
VMI at Virginia
McAllister: The Cavaliers are looking to rebound from their blowout loss to Oregon two weeks ago. VMI comes in at the perfect time. Virginia wins in a route 45-13.
Garcia Jr.: Coach London needs some wins to keep his seat from getting hotter, but edging VMI is only a start. Cavs cruise, 42-7.
Bethune-Cookman at Florida State
McAllister: The Seminoles continue to roll behind their freshman superstar quarterback. Florida State in a route 66-10.
Garcia Jr.: Should the Seminoles be on upset alert against an undefeated BCU program coming off of a big upset of Florida International? Maybe if they upset the Mario Cristobal FIU program with T.Y. Hilton lighting people up. The 'Noles pickup another win 41-14, and Jameis Winson's confidence grows that much more, a scary thought.
Savannah St at Miami
McAllister: Fresh off a bye and huge win over the Gators, the Hurricanes come out a little slow. However, they pull away from Savannah State in the second quarter. Miami wins 45-17.
Garcia Jr.: Miami got a week off after its defensive clinic against Florida, and the offense will be able to gain some much-needed confidence against an FCS opponent. 'Canes crush the Tigers at home in front of a lot of orange seats, 55-6.