ACC predictions - Week No. 9

This should be a game that is nothing short of complete domination for the Tigers.

N.C State (3-4, 0-3) at Florida State (3-4,1-3) 12 pm kickoff
Bobby Bowden looks to keep the wolves at bay both from a fan stand point and an opponent stand point. The Wolfpack has knocked off the Seminoles in Tallahassee twice this decade once in 2001 and again in 2005. This is a battle of two programs looking for some kind positive result. I don't think I need to tell you that Daddy Bowden is catching some heat from Seminole nation. I don't think I need to tell you Tom O'Brien's third season has head man in Raleigh hasn't gone exactly as planned. The Wolfpack offense has struggled mightily mainly because they are 96th in the country in turnover margin. That should be a good sign for FSU because defensively they can't stop you and me. The game will come down to NCSU QB Russell Wilson versus FSU QB Christian Ponder. This is Ponder's home field, so advantage Christian. Final score: Florida State 42 NC State 28

Miami (5-2, 2-2) at Wake Forest (4-4, 2-2) 3:30 pm kickoff
Both of these teams are coming off tough loses Miami to Clemson and Wake to Navy. The Canes suffered defeat in overtime while the Deacons got beat by a team that never threw a pass against them the entire game. Wake is seeking its win over Miami since 1944. Clemson showed what an athletic team could do against Jim Grobe's squad and Randy Shannon's troops will do it again to Wake this time in front of the home folks. Final score: Miami 31 Wake 13

Duke (4-3, 2-1) at Virginia (3-4, 2-1) 3:30 pm kickoff
Don't look now boys and girls but the Duke Blue Devils have won two ACC games in a row. I mention this because it is the first time this has happened since 1994. Let that sink in a bit. Imagine being a team that has not won consecutive games in your league for 15 years. Now also imagine being a team that in your last game had the ball for only 17:17. That is what happened to the Cavaliers last week against Georgia Tech. Virginia has won eight of the last nine and 17 of the last 20 with the Blue Devils, but think Duke gets their third ACC win in a row. Final score: Duke 27 Virginia 23

Central Michigan (7-1, 5-0 MAC) at Boston College (5-3, 3-2) 3:30 pm kickoff
Boston College has been a team that has seemingly gotten better each week. The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to Notre Dame in South Bend and a home game to get back on the winning track would seem to be just what the doctor ordered. The problem is this is a very good Central Michigan team. Led by QB Dan LeFevour, the Broncos already have one win over a Big Ten school (Michigan State) and would love to get one over an ACC squad. They get it. Final score: Central Michigan 29 Boston College 24

Georgia Tech (7-1, 5-1) at Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-5) 7:30 pm kickoff
The Yellow Jackets have been an unstoppable force on the ground for just about the entire season. Paul Johnson's Flex offense is racking up 291.63 yards per game on the ground this year and doing it with precision. There is nothing precise about Bobby Johnson and his Commodore squad. Final score: Georgia Tech 49 Vanderbilt 13

Coastal Carolina (3-4, 1-2 Big South) at Clemson (4-3, 3-2) 1:30 pm kickoff
This should be a game that is nothing short of complete domination for the Tigers. You know and I know it. Therefore, it becomes one of the toughest contests of the year for Dabo Swinney and his staff. Somehow Dabo has to get the players to come out with the same type of effort they have shown in their last two ball games. That is what good teams do. There are several questions the staff will have to find answers to in this game. First, how much do you play C.J. Spiller? C.J.'s toe was once again bothering him last week, so do you rest him or do you let him get in some plays to keep the rust off? Spiller is also now back in the Heisman race and how much would a game with small numbers hurt his chances?

Also, do you run the risk of playing Michael Palmer coming off the big hit to the head? Palmer has had no contact in practice this week, so I think that question has been answered. We will see you next week Mr. Palmer. How much do the first team guys play in this game? This contest seems to be the perfect opportunity to give some of the second and third team players a bunch of reps. Here is what I think you will see. The first team offense and defense will be in the game most of the first half. This is still a squad that needs to work on execution of plays. By the second half Dabo and staff will be in position to get the backups in there and get some good film on them. This won't be the most competitive of Homecoming games, but it will be one that serves it's purpose. Final score: Clemson 56 Coastal Carolina 6 Top Stories