Roy's Picks: Week No. 10

A new column from publisher Roy Philpott previewing this weekend's games.

Duke at Clemson (1:00 PM)
Duke is bad. Really bad. Injuries have decimated a team that should have been improved under second year head coach Ted Roof. Offensively, the Blue Devils are averaging a miniscule 93 yards a game through the air, a number that ranks 116 out of 117 Division I-A football teams. Clemson wins big, regardless of who plays quarterback.

Roy's Pick: Clemson (-31); Clemson Straight Up

South Carolina at Arkansas (12:30 PM JP)
The Gamecocks roll into Fayetteville riding a three-game winning streak, including last weekend's one-point win at Tennessee. Arkansas has just two wins on the year, but the Hawgs played Georgia close in Athens two weeks ago and have a devastating running game as freshman RB Darren McFadden averages almost eight yards a carry. That number won't drop after Saturday.

Roy's Pick: South Carolina (+4.5); Arkansas Straight Up

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech (1:30 PM)
Make no mistake, Wake Forest is the better team, and this game will remain close for four quarters. The question is, can the Deacs find a way to pull the upset? Looking at the Jackets' remaining schedule, a win here may be the last realistic chance to lock up a bowl bid. Georgia Tech wins a close one at home.

Roy's Pick: Wake Forest (+9); Georgia Tech Straight Up

No. 5 Miami at No. 3 Virginia Tech (7:45 PM ESPN)
The game of the year in the ACC has all the makings of a classic. Miami has won six games in a row since falling to Florida State 10-7 in their season opener. Meanwhile Virginia Tech has dominated opponents with its defense and the strong play of QB Marcus Vick. Once the Hokies get rolling, there's no turning back. The Hurricanes leave Lane Stadium Saturday exposed.

Roy's Pick: Virginia Tech (-5); Virginia Tech Straight Up

N.C. State at No. 9 Florida State (3:30 PM ABC)
Behind freshman RB Andre Brown, the Wolfpack rallied past Southern Miss last weekend after falling behind 17-0. Florida State can be explosive, but inconsistency has prevented the Noles from blowing the competition away this year. That trend continues Saturday as N.C. State keeps this one within 10 points.

Roy's Pick: N.C. State (+13.5); Florida State Straight Up

THURSDAY NIGHT BONUS PICK: Pitt (+20) over Louisville; Louisville Straight Up

Updated 2005 Record: Straight Up: 25-15; Spread: 24-15-1 Top Stories