ACC Predictions - Week 11
Duke's Jamison Crowder
Duke's Jamison Crowder
CuseNation.com
Posted Nov 9, 2013


Top schools in the ACC continue to separate themselves for the rest of the pack as the conference slate hits the home stretch. The CN.com staff picks each game inside.

The ACC standings are starting to take shape as week 11 features a plethora of intriguing matchups that will have to do with who ends up in Charlotte next month. Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr. remain close, though Garcia pulled ahead by one game in the last week, going 5-1 after the two were tied yet again.

Current Standings

McAllister: 62-18
Garcia Jr.: 63-17

Florida State at Wake Forest

McAllister: The Seminoles are coming off another blowout win while Wake is looking answers after being shutout last week. Jameis Winston has a dominating performance as Florida State in the driver's seat to make the title game. Florida State 41 Wake Forest 7.

Garcia Jr.: The 'Noles can taste a trip to Pasedena, and they're simply not going to let Wake get in their way. The rushing attack goes for 250-plus yards in a rout, 49-13.

Virginia at North Carolina

McAllister: Two disappointing ACC teams matchup this week, but the Tar Heels may be finding themselves. The Cavs are just too limited offensively. North Carolina 27 Virginia 10.

Garcia Jr.: Bryn Renner's season-ending injury will open the door for Marquise Williams and he'll perform well against a bad UVA roster. Playing at home will help him ease into things, and the Heels win 24-10.

Syracuse at Maryland

McAllister: The Orange have yet to get over .500 this year, while Maryland gets their quarterback, C.J. Brown back. In a tight contest, home field is the difference. The Terps in a close one, 27-24.

Garcia Jr.: Syracuse has confidence after a second ACC win, but this is on the quarterback. If Terrel Hunt breaks out of his funk, the Orange can handle an injury-plagued Maryland roster and I think it's time. Orange 21, Terps 14.

Boston College at New Mexico State

McAllister: Boston College has been hard to figure out this year. Good one week and then down the next. But against a poor NMSU squad, their vaunted ground attack should be enough on the road. Boston College 24 New Mexico St 21

Garcia Jr.: Andre Williams stays hot on the ground and marches that much closer to the rushing title in an easy one for B.C., 31-17.

North Carolina State at Duke

McAllister: Things have gone from bad to worse for the Wolfpack, and it won't improve this week against an explosive Duke offense coming off a big win. Duke 31 N.C. State 20.

Garcia Jr.: The Pack may be the worst team in the conference and Duke is still the league's darling at a quiet 6-2. Jamison Crowder goes over 100 yards and the Blue Devils cruise, 38-20.

Virginia Tech at Miami

McAllister: If the Hokies want to make the ACC title game, this is a must win. But Miami will want to prove last week's blowout loss to Florida State was a fluke. The Tech defense will keep it close, but Stephen Morris and company are too talented. Miami 27 Virginia Tech 17.

Garcia Jr.: This is the trap game for Miami. No Duke Johnson, likely not many fans at the game and a big game for Frank Beamer. Like Hunt for SU, Logan Thomas has to get out of this funk at some point, right? This is the week, as the Hokies upset The U, 28-24.

Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

McAllister: The Irish are a bit overrated but have a strong defensive front. Still, Pitt is at home and their passing attack continues to grow. Pittsburgh 24 Notre Dame 21.

Garcia Jr.: Notre Dame has a solid front-seven and it will be enough to make Pitt one dimensional in an ugly 17-13 win for Brian Kelly and company.


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