ACC Fearless Predictions, Week 4, Part II gives their previews and predictions for the week four ACC games.

ACC  Week Four Predictions

ACC Game of the Week

Virginia (1-2) at Georgia Tech (2-1) 7:30 PM EST ESPN Thursday September 21st
Why to Watch: After escaping two weeks ago against a gritty Wyoming team in overtime, the bottom fell out for the Wahoos as they lost to Western Michigan 17–10 in Charlottesville making things go from bad to worse.  This wasn’t supposed to be one of the best Virginia teams in recent memory, but going 1–2 in the non-conference wasn’t supposed to happen.  Now it has to try to turn things around against a Georgia Tech team closing out a four-game homestand.  The non-conference schedule is the non-conference schedule; now the real fun begins and the slates are wiped clean.
Why Virginia Might Win:  When Al Groh’s teams have struggled in recent years, they’ve answered the bell in most key games as the big underdog – case in point, last year’s FSU game which it won 26-21.  Georgia Tech’s offense revolves around WR Calvin Johnson, but Virginia has an answer with one of the best corners in the ACC, Marcus Hamilton, who should be a difference maker if he’s over a shoulder injury.
Why Georgia Tech Might Win:  Former UVA QB Marques Hagans isn’t coming back to take any snaps this week, so the Tech defense should be able to wreck havoc on first time starting QB Jameel Sewell.  With no rushing game (117th in the nation – 51 yards per game), a limited passing game (81st in the nation – 174 per game) and averaging only 12 points per game, Virginia isn’t exactly coming into this showdown on a roll.  Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta should have a zone dog field day against Sewell.
Who to Watch:  UVA DE Chris Long will be playing on Sundays in a few years and the pressure he can generate on Tech QB Reggie Ball, who’s not the most accurate passer around, could force the senior into mistakes.  On the other hand, Ball, the runner, may be the key to this offense as the season progresses.  He picked up 130 yards rushing against Troy’s speedy defense and needs to keep open the threat of taking off.
What Will Happen:  The Johnson-Hamilton battle should be a fun one to watch, if Hamilton plays, but unfortunately it won’t really have an effect on the game.  Georgia Tech should win the time of possession battle by eight minutes or more with the lack of a Virginia ground game proving to be fatal.

CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 27 ... Virginia 7 ... Line: Georgia Tech -17
Must See Rating:
(5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 2.5

Cincinnati (1-2) at Virginia Tech (3-0), 12:00 EST, ESPNU, Saturday, September 23
Why to watch: Although they’ve played three games, we really don’t know much about the Hokies.  We rarely do this time of year.  Sure, they can run the ball with Branden Ore, shut down pedestrian offenses and change games on special teams, but are they genuine ACC contenders or just posing against Northeastern, North Carolina and Duke?  Unfortunately, Cincinnati won’t provide an answer, but Georgia Tech might a week from Saturday.  For more than a quarter, the Bearcats led No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday, but once the Buckeyes awoke from their Texas-induced slumber, the threat of a cataclysmic upset was over.  Cincy’s making progress in Mark Dantonio’s third year, and if nothing else, last week’s trip to Columbus will offer valuable lessons for this Saturday’s trek to Blacksburg.                       
Why Cincinnati might win: For almost a half last Saturday, the Bearcats looked like the squad that almost knocked off the eventual champion Buckeyes in 2002.  They were efficient on offense, gang-tackling on defense and playing with speed and confidence until Ohio State created some daylight.  Yeah, doing it for 60 minutes is a lot different than providing a 20 minute-scare, however, Virginia Tech has yet to be tested in 2006.  If Cincinnati starts strong again this weekend, the young Hokies may not be so quick to answer the bell.               
Why Virginia Tech might win: You just don’t beat a Frank Beamer-coached team with a one-dimensional offense.  The Hokies have allowed 10 points all year, pitching shutouts in two of three games.  The Bearcats are averaging just 53 yards a game on the ground, which means it’ll be up to sporadic QB Dustin Grutza to move the offense.  Considering how Cincinnati pass blocked last week, don’t count on it.                        
Who to watch: Whether or not the Hokies are bona fide ACC challengers depends heavily on the development of QB Sean Glennon.  Tech has begun gelling into a cohesive unit, including the sophomore, who’s No. 9 nationally in passing efficiency and is coming off a 300-yard day.  Glennon’s been sacked just twice and hasn’t thrown many balls with a hand in his face, a luxury that’ll continue for at least one more week. 
What will happen
: In typical Beamerball fashion, the Hokies will harass Grutza into turnovers, get 100 yards from Ore and parlay at least one big play on special teams into the beginning of the end for Cincinnati.  
CFN Prediction: Virginia Tech 37 ... Cincinnati 13  ... Line: Virginia Tech -26
Must See Rating:
(5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 2

North Carolina (1-2) at Clemson (2-1) 12:00 PM EST GamePlan Saturday September 23rd
Why to Watch: The Tar Heels got a much needed win last week, scoring 45 points in the process, under the leadership of redshirt freshman Cam Sexton, but the D gave up 42 to D-IAA Furman.  Meanwhile, Clemson beat Florida State on the road 27–20 with a great final drive to come up with the win that thrust the team into the ACC spotlight as the possible team to beat, even after the overtime loss to Boston College. The Tigers have to fight the “let down syndrome” but if they can come away with the win, they should go on a big-time run with Louisiana Tech, Wake Forest and Temple ahead.
Why North Carolina Might Win:  Edwards and McGill.  McGill and Edwards.  The two Heel backs, Barrington Edwards and Ronnie McGill combined for 170 yards on 35 carries against Furman and can answer Clemson’s defensive quickness and speed with brute power.  However, the key to the Furman victory was that Sexton didn’t kill drives with interceptions as the Heel quarterbacks had done in their first two games.  Sexton completed 70% of his throws, including two touchdown tosses, for 265 yards, to provide a balance to offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti’s offense.
Why Clemson Might Win:  The Tigers learned in their trip to Tallahassee that they’re as good as any team in this conference.  They held Florida State’s offense to 204 total yards, while they dominated the game with 345 yards against one of the best defenses in the nation.  On Saturday, QB Will Proctor and the Tiger offense face a Carolina defense that gave up 42 points and 521 yards of total offense to a D-IAA offense.  Proctor should be able to pick apart the same North Carolina secondary that allowed option QB Renaldo Gray to complete 20 of 26 passes for 310 yards. 
Who to Watch:  Clemson WR Chansi Stuckey only caught three passes against FSU, but one went for a touchdown.  As Proctor continues to improve as the starter, he’s going to have to look up Stuckey more and more; especially against this secondary.  The Tigers physically beat up FSU at the line of scrimmage, and will put extreme pressure on the North Carolina defensive line to get off blocks and not get hammered at the point of attack.
What Will Happen
:  Although Proctor has become one of the best quarterbacks in the conference after only three starts, the Tigers will pound the Heels with RB James Davis and company, ripping apart the 100th ranked rushing defense in the nation.  When the Heels answer by bringing up a safety into the box to slow Davis, Proctor will have as much room, as he needs or wants, downfield in the passing game.  Clemson shouldn’t let this one come down to the kicking game.

CFN Prediction
Clemson 38 ... North Carolina 14.. Line: Clemson -16.5
Must See Rating:
(5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 2

Wake Forest (3-0) at Ole Miss (1-2) 6 pm EST Saturday, Sept. 23
Why to Watch: Repeat after me, undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons.  Of all the teams that projected to be undefeated at this point in the season in the ACC, Wake Forest was probably, along with Duke, the least likely team to have a zero in the loss column.  This is the team’s toughest test so far as it goes on the road to tangle with an Ole Miss team that has been throttled the last two weeks at Missouri in a 34-7 loss and at Kentucky in a 31-14 shocker.  Although the Reels haven't played exceptionally well on the road, in Oxford, they should be a different team. At least, Ole Miss fans hope for that to be the case before dealing with Georgia next week. If there's any hope of going to a bowl game, this has to be a win. Wake Forest gets Liberty up next, so there's an honest chance of being 5-0 before facing Clemson.
Why Wake Forest Might Win:  When QB Ben Mauk left the Syracuse game with an injury, the season appeared ready to go into the tank, but QB Riley Skinner has been more than solid in his stead.  The offense has been average, but the Wake defense, especially against the run, has carried the team through the first three games holding opponents to 93 yards rushing per game wile keeping a strong Connecticut ground game to less than three yards per carry.  Stopping the run in this game becomes vital since it’ll force Ole Miss QB Brent Schaeffer to have to throw effectively and efficiently to win the game.  That’s a bet Wake Forest will take at this point against the 110th ranked passing offense in the nation.
Why Ole Miss Might Win:  Although Skinner has been effective replacing Mauk, the Deacon running game has only averaged 134 yards per game, well below typical Deacon output.  The Rebels, on the other hand, have been piling up a ton of rushing yards with Schaeffer and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, averaging 172 yards per game.  If they can hang on to the football, Wake’s defense may not be able to get them off the field – four lost fumbles at Kentucky helped sealed their demise in that loss.
Who to Watch:  Can the Wake Forest attack keep rolling without Micah Andrews? The star tailback suffered a torn ACL against UConn and might be out for the year. It'll now be up to De'Angelo Bryant, who'll be productive if he doesn't have a problem with a banged up shoulder.  Wake Forest safeties Patrick Ghee and Josh Gattis are instrumental this week, as it pertains to their run defense responsibilities.  The Wake defensive front will need strong safety support to hold Green-Ellis and Schaeffer in check throughout the game.
What Will Happen:  The Rebels should take better care of the ball this week and will be on the field for 35+ minutes, but Wake Forest linebacker Jon Abbate and his mates are playing way too well right now. The Demon Deacon offense will capitalize on two big turnovers and come away with the big road win.
CFN Prediction: Wake Forest 27 ... Ole Miss 23 ... Line: Ole Miss -3
Must See Rating:
(5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 2.5 

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