The ACC standings are starting to take shape as week 10 features a plethora of intriguing matchups. Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr. remain tied after each went 4-3 last week.
Garcia Jr.: 58-16
Virginia Tech at Boston College
McAllister: Boston College has been playing strong football at home and has surprised this season. But they are coming off a blowout loss and Virginia Tech a surprising home defeat. Tech is more talented and will bounce back behind their elite defense. Virginia Tech 24 Boston College 16
Garcia Jr.: The matchup to see in this one is strength vs. strength as BC’s power running game faces off against VT’s top-notch defense. Each unit has been very good all year aside from some blunders, but each has bounced back after them as well. BC is at home, but Tech needs the win more and they find a way to create a late turnover in a fun 17-14 win.
North Carolina at North Carolina State
McAllister: Two struggling teams face off in a rivalry battle. The Tar Heels seemed to have figured something out last week in their blowout win, and they have more talent on the field. UNC 27 N.C, State 21
Garcia Jr.: The short commute for Carolina will be the only thing that seems normal about this one. Each team is worse than we thought they would be all year, and there could be plenty to turnovers at Carter-Finley. However, UNC has adjusted to the two-QB system, which features more running, and it will be enough to get passed the Pack. Heels win 24-13.
Wake Forest at Syracuse
McAllister: In a seemingly even matchup, the Orange are at home but Wake has been playing much better of late. Syracuse used the bye week well, and the passing game shows promise for the first time in weeks. Wake's quick passing game will give the Orange fits and are able to pull out a close victory. Wake Forest 27 Syracuse 24.
Garcia Jr.: Wake is better than people think and SU is coming off of a bye week, a much needed one at that, so this one should be close. The Orange recruited plenty of the current freshmen starters for Wake, but the experience the home team has on the field will help the defense make a big play against WFU’s youth to change the momentum. Terrel Hunt will show signs of improvement in the process of leading 'Cuse to its second ACC win and first in the Carrier Dome’s history. 28-24.
Clemson at Virginia
McAllister: There may not be a bigger mismatch this week than this one. Tajh Boyd goes off and leads the Tigers on a route of the hapless Cavs. Clemson 38 Virginia 13.
Garcia Jr.: The Tigers need to impress voters and the Cavs are just the team to allow it to happen. Tajh Boyd may total more than 400 yards in this one, as the Tigers finally cruise after a few rough weeks. 42-10.
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
McAllister: Pittsburgh is coming off a loss to Navy and won't be ready for the triple option threat of Georgia Tech either. Vad Lee has a huge day on the ground as the Yellow Jackets win 31-20.
Garcia Jr.: Georgia Tech has hit its stride in the running game, a scary thought for any opponent. Pitt keeps it close with its passing game, but David Sims and company control the clock and threaten the 300-yard mark yet again in a 17-10 win.
Miami at Florida State
McAllister: In one of the best rivalries in college football, two undefeated title contenders clash. Jameis Winston will continue his Heisman campaign with another huge performance on the national stage. Florida State 38 Miami 21.
Garcia Jr.: The game of the week in college football is a rivalry renewed, and that alone will help to keep things close. The ‘Canes will be up to the challenge of slowing Jameis Winston and company, but it won’t be enough. Look for Karlos Williams’ fresh legs to break Miami’s back late in this one. FSU inches closer to a BCS game, possibly the big one, with a 34-17 win.