Munson's ACC preview - Week No. 11

Six games highlight week eleven in the ACC, but only two teams, Clemson and Georgia Tech, control their own destiny.

Georgia Tech (9-1, 6-1) at Duke (5-4, 3-2) 12 PM kickoff
This is the last conference game of the year for the Yellow Jackets and a win clinches the Coastal division. Paul Johnson's team has been an offensive juggernaut the last several weeks putting up just under 40 points per game in their last six games. The problem is the Jacket defense has given on average 31 points in five of those games. Still, the Rambling Wreck has been winning ball games and that what it is all about.

Meanwhile, Duke had its winning streak snapped at three last week by North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils put up only six points and managed only 125 yards of total offense. They will do better than that against the Yellow Jackets but they still won't have enough offense to win this game. Final score: Georgia Tech 42 Duke 24

Florida State (4-5, 2-4) at Wake Forest (4-6, 2-4) 12 PM kickoff
This is a battle of two teams that have suffered disappointing years and both for different reason. The Seminoles can score but can't stop anybody. The Deacons can't score but have held opponents to a respectable 24 points per game. Oddly enough, the Demon Deacons own a three game winning streak in this series after dropping the 14 in a row to FSU. I don't know which team has the most motivation in this game, but I do know Christian Ponder is not playing this week or for the rest of the season and that is not good news for Bobby Bowden. Final score: Wake Forest 24 Florida State 20

Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2) at Maryland (2-7, 1-4) 1 PM kickoff
Two original members of the Southern Conference tangle in College Park on Saturday. Surprisingly the Terrapins lead this series 15-14, but the Hokies have won four in a row and all three match ups since joining the ACC in 2004. Push those streaks to five and four. Final score: Virginia Tech 31 Maryland 13

Boston College (6-3, 3-2) at Virginia (3-6, 2-3) 3:30 PM kickoff
All Tiger fans will be keeping a close eye on this game, especially if the Tigers win in Raleigh. A Cavalier win coupled with a Tiger victory over the Wolfpack and Clemson has a date in the ACC Championship game. The Eagles have been great at home but awful away from home losing all three games on the road. The Cavaliers opened the season with a three game losing streak than won three in a row and now they have dropped three in a row. Boston College has had two weeks to prepare for the Cavaliers, but I am saying the Cavs get it done. Final score: Virginia 24 Boston College 21

Miami (7-2, 4-2) at North Carolina (6-3, 2-3) 3:30 PM kickoff
This is a must have game for both teams. For Miami it is a game to prove to themselves they are beginning to get the program back to national prominence. For North Carolina it is a chance to show they are a program that is beginning a run to the top of the ACC. The Tar Heels boast the nation fifth best defense in terms of total defense giving up only 249.44 yards per game. The Hurricanes on the other hand average 402 yards of total offense per game. Having said that I think this becomes a game of UNC's offense versus Miami's defense. Advantage Miami. Final score: Miami 24 North Carolina 16

Clemson (6-3, 4-2) at North Carolina State (4-5, 1-4) 12 kickoff
Well here we stand at another "biggest game of the season" for the Tigers. Even though a loss would not knock the Tigers out of contention for going to Tampa on December 5, it makes them dependent on others to get there and that is never a good thing. Clemson has won five in a row in this series and roll into Carter-Finley Stadium on a season best four game winning streak. For the first time in school history the Tigers have put 38 or more points on the board in four consecutive games. C.J. Spiller is coming off another career game best with 312 total yards 165 of those rushing the ball. All of that is sounds good for the Tigers but keep in mind the Wolfpack plays much better at home. They handed Pittsburgh their only loss of the season 38-31 in Raleigh back on September 26, but they also got blown out by Duke 49-28 in front of the home folks on October 10. Russell Wilson is a quarterback that scares every defensive coordinator. He has led the Pack to a top 20 standing in passing offense with 281.33 yards per game and he has good running skills. We have all seen what a quarterback with a good set of legs can do against Clemson.

I am not worried about N.C. State's offense versus the Tigers defense that is a match up that will be won for the Tigers. I think the difference their is somewhere between 14-17 points in the Tigers favor. What needs to be looked at is NCSU's defense versus Clemson's offense. Let us be real honest here, the Wolfpack is awful on defense. They give up an average better than 41 points in ACC games folks! Simply put, their defensive secondary is not good and their defense has not stopped the run. I not saying the Tigers will put 50 points on the board, but the possibility does exists. Look for C.J. Spiller to have a field day if the toe doesn't keep him on the sideline and Jacoby Ford and the wide outs are going to be open all day not to mention the numbers the tight ends will put together. Clemson wins. Big. Final score: Clemson 52 NC State 28 Top Stories