Thursday matchups are now the norm as the ACC starts to get into the swing of conference play. After an eventful week four, here are the standings between Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr. with someone new on top.
Garcia Jr.: 34-6
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
Garcia Jr.: The Hokies still haven't turn the corner on offense, and it will cost them in the Tech(mo) Bowl, as the Jackets' potent offense and better-than-most-know defense stymie Beamer Ball. Jackets win a decent game, 31-21.
McAllister: Virginia Tech’s defense has performed like one of the best in the country through four games and the Hokies are on a three game winning streak. Still, Georgia Tech’s offense is different than most and could give the Hokies problems. Ultimately, Virginia Tech makes enough plays on both sides of the ball in a close road win. Virginia Tech 27 Georgia Tech 24.
Miami at South Florida
Garcia Jr.: This old Big East matchup will have a similar flair to it, with the 'Canes cruising to a win. Willie Tagart may turn the Bulls program around, but it's not happened thus far in his tenure. Look for a well-rested Duke Johnson to have a big night during a 38-17 UM win.
McAllister: The Hurricanes are rolling and the Bulls are struggling. Expect South Florida to keep it close for a half, but Miami is too talented. They cruise to a win behind a strong Stephen Morris performance 41-21.
East Carolina at North Carolina
Garcia Jr.: The Pirates are better than given credit for, but the Tar Heels should handle business at home with the sweetest looking end zone paint you'll see around. They need a win after blowing a nice lead to Georgia Tech last weekend and get it done, 35-21.
McAllister: North Carolina comes home after losing a tough road game to Georgia Tech last week. To get their season back on the right track, the Tar Heels have a strong performance on both sides of the ball and run away with this one. North Carolina 41 East Carolina 16.
Virginia at Pittsburgh
Garcia Jr.: I've preached Tyler Boyd in these predictions, and not one defense, even Florida State's, has really had an answer for him. The true frosh does it again with a 100-yard receiving afternoon to lead the Panthers to their third straight win, this time by a 28-17 margin.
McAllister: Yes Pittsburgh’s offense has been better than expected through four games. However, their defense leaves much to be desired. Expect a big game from Virginia running back Kevin Parks as the Cavs pull off the upset on the road. Virginia 31 Pittsburgh 28
Troy at Duke
Garcia Jr.: Duke's offense can light up a scoreboard, but its defense can allow another offense to do the same. With Troy in town, though, it finally looks one-sided for the Blue Devils. Another home win for Duke, 40-14.
McAllister: Troy is simply overmatched in this one against a potent Blue Devils offense. Quarterback Brandon Connette puts up huge numbers as Duke cruises 48-7.
Central Michigan at North Carolina State
Garcia Jr.: The Wolfpack battled Clemson last Thursday very tough, but came up short. The extra days to recover should work out well with CMU coming to town. This isn't your older brother's Chippewas with Antonio Brown and/or Dan LeFevour, so State gets it done 31-10.
McAllister: Coming off a closer than expected loss, North Carolina State takes out their frustration against Central Michigan. The Wolfpack double up the Chippewas 34-17.
Florida State at Boston College
Garcia Jr.: The 'Noles are cruising offensively this season, but their defense is closing in on its top-notch form, which is a scary thought for the ACC. B.C. has minimal firepower on offense anyway, so FSU blows out the Eagles in Boston, 42-17.
McAllister:The only thing the Eagles have going for them in this one is they are at home. Florida State is more talented all over the field. This should be a blowout from the start. Florida State 38 Boston College 13.
Wake Forest at Clemson
Garcia Jr.: The youthful and upset-minded Deacons will hang in there early on, but Sammy Watkins is poised to have a signature afternoon at some point, and this is his time. The wideout goes for over 100 and a pair of scores in a Tiger victory, 34-7.
McAllister: Is there a bigger mismatch this week other than Wake Forest at Clemson? Not much of an explanation necessary. Clemson is extremely talented, Wake Forest is not. The Tigers roll 45-10.