Munson's ACC Preview - Week No. 7

CLEMSON - Like the Tigers I took a week off last week to try and regroup and get back to basics and the fundamentals of picking games in the ACC.

And just like you I was pretty bummed out about the loss to the Terps and needed some down time, but Now I am back and ready for the second half of the season.

N.C. State (3-3, 0-2) at Boston College (4-2, 2-2) 3:30pm Kickoff
Count me as one of those who thought the Wolfpack would take a big step forward this year, but after getting drilled by Duke 49-28 in Raleigh I think we found out Tom O'Brien's club did not say "Mother may I". I don't know how you explain that one. Certainly the Pack was not caught looking ahead to Boston College. The offensive line has been one of the big problems for the Pack. The just are not opening enough holes for the running game and that is putting more pressure on quarterback Russell Wilson. Couple a bad running game with turnovers and you get what you got last week. Boston College went to Blacksburg last week and got drilled by Virginia Tech 48-14. Frank Spaziani found out what it was like to play with a freshman quarterback in front of what may be the best home crowd in all of college football. He is thanking his lucky stars this one is going to be played in the friendly confines of Alumni Stadium. Final score: Boston College 24 NC State 19

Virginia (2-3, 1-0) at Maryland (2-4, 1-1) 4pm Kickoff
Can I ask you a question, if you were not a fan of either of these teams would you buy a ticket to this game? Not many will. Don't look now but Al Groh is making a run at trying to save his job. The Cavaliers have posted back to back wins. On the road at North Carolina and then a resounding beat down of Indiana at home. Maryland took all the momentum they gain from beating the Tigers and gave it all right back in Winston-Salem last week with a 42-32 loss to Wake Forest. This is a battle of two teams with coaches whose heads on on the chopping block. Final score: Virginia 20 Maryland 10

Virginia Tech (5-1, 3-0) at Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-1) 6pm Kickoff
The classic battle of the power that is versus the power that wants to be. Since the Hokies got beat up by Alabama to start the season, all they have done is get better each week. Tyrod Taylor is beginning to show signs of development as a passer and defensively Bud Foster's group is playing just nasty. The one problem the Hokies have had this season is giving up some yardage on the ground and that plays into the Yellow Jackets favor. There is no fence sitting with Paul Johnson's offense. You either like or hate it, but you have to admit when your club is averaging 277 yards per game on the ground it is pretty effective. The problem I see with the Jackets is that they can not stop anyone right now. I think Virginia Tech will be able to come up with a couple of more stops than the Rambling Wreck. Final score: Virginia Tech 28 Georgia Tech 24

Miami (4-1, 2-1) at Central Florida (3-2, 1-2 C-USA) 7:30pm Kickoff
This is the second straight out of conference game for the Hurricanes. Randy Shannon's bunch beat up on Florida A&M last week 48-16. Miami right now occupies a spot in the top ten, but I just not sure they are one of the ten best teams in the country. They will be plenty good enough however to win this game. Final score: Miami 38 Central Florida 13

Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1) at Clemson (2-3, 1-2) 12pm Kickoff
You hate to say that the Tigers season comes down to this, but I bet you are thinking it and so am I. And if you thought it was bad the last couple of weeks after the Maryland loss, just watch will happen if the Tigers drop this one with a road trip at Miami staring them in the face. Dabo Swinney's club has gotten back to basics and they have cut down the number of things in the play book. Chris Hairston looks to be back to 100 percent. C.J. Spiller is as fit as he has been since the opener against Middle Tennessee. All good things, but they need to produce a win. The Demon Deacons come into Death Valley playing some pretty good football. Riley Skinner is the heart and soul of the offense for Jim Grobe and Mr Skinner will be looking to make life tough for the Clemson secondary. I think the big key here is to make Wake strictly a passing team as the Deacons have not shown the ability to run the football on a consistent basis. You remember what the Tigers did to Tennessee a couple of years back. They Turn the Vols into nothing but a passing team. It also helped that they got out to a quick lead and that is another plus the Orange and White need on Saturday. The Tigers offense is still looking for an identity and that identity needs to be the running game. If the Tigers can run for better than 175 yards I think they will pull off the win. Look for CJ to go over 100 yards rushing, look for the defensive ends to keep Skinner from killing them with his feet and look for Richard Jackson to deliver the winning field goal. Final score: Clemson 23 Wake 21 Top Stories