ACC Predictions - Week 1 is run by some competitive people, and once again there will be a weekly contest to decide which analyst knows his stuff more within Syracuse's new conference. We kick off our ACC predictions inside. publisher Mike McAllister and contributor John Garcia Jr. renew their rivalry in the 2013 version of staff predictions. Who knows more about Syracuse's new conference? We'll keep track week-by-week throughout the season.

Here's the Week 1 slate:

FAU at Miami

McAllister: The Hurricanes are much more talented all over the field. Senior quarterback Stephen Morris starts the season off right as Miami rolls 41-6.

Garcia Jr.: FAU will give nearby Miami some problems as over-looked prospects overachieve against the hometown school, but the 'Canes will come out on top in the end. 34-17.

Penn State vs Syracuse

McAllister: The Orange offense utilizes a strong running game and the defense does just enough to hold off the Nittany Lions 27-24.

Garcia Jr.: Syracuse starts off the Scott Shafer era in style, getting the better of the "new QB" battle with disguised coverages and blitz patterns. The offense does just enough, 21-20.

Elon at Georgia Tech

McAllister: Georgia Tech utilizes their triple option and superior athletes to win a laugher of a season opener 37-3.

Garcia Jr.: Jackets take this one on cruise control with the triple-option, 38-10.

Villanova at Boston College

McAllister: The Wildcats hang around for a while, but Steve Addazio's Eagles pull away late in a closer than expected B.C. win 27-17.

Garcia Jr.: BC will be better than people think, but still not in the top-half of the conference. Eagles win the opener, though, 24-14.

FIU at Maryland

McAllister: The Terrapins start off the season on a positive note with an easy victory over the less talented Panthers 31-14.

Garcia Jr.: The Terps will be the surprise team in the league, but it's upset-city over here! Panthers make big plays en route to a 24-21 victory.

Louisiana Tech at North Carolina State

McAllister: The Wolfpack struggle with a new system and quarterback, but make enough plays to pull out a 24-20 victory.

Garcia Jr.: Another upset in the conference? You bet! New coaches, new QBs and a new system against the often-potent Bulldogs spells tough start for N.C. State. 28-20, La. Tech.

BYU at Virginia

McAllister: The Cavaliers get a scare from the Cougars but use a strong defensive effort to preserve the 21-17 win.

Garcia Jr: Mike London's seat gets a little bit hotter after the Cougars run through the Cavalier defense, 27-17. Can the class of 2014 recruits for UVA sub in?

North Carolina Central at Duke

McAllister: Duke continues the momentum from a solid 2012 with an opening game win against an overmatched NC Central squad 34-13,

Garcia Jr.: As if Duke wasn't the darling of the conference heading into this game, N.C. Central had to replace its coach in camp. Blowout city, 42-14.

Alabama vs Virginia Tech

McAllister: The defending champs are far too talented and physical up front for the Hokies. The Tide roll 37-17.

Garcia Jr.: 'Bama rolls, though Va. Tech plays well early. 34-14 as some true freshmen excite UA fans on both sides of the ball.

Georgia vs Clemson

McAllister: Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins prove their worth against one of the SEC's best. The Tigers in a small upset 27-24.

Garcia Jr.: Boyd to Watkins, all day, especially with plenty of youth in the Georgia secondary. Tigers triumph 31-21.

Florida State at Pittsburgh

McAllister: The Panthers start ACC play with one of the best in the conference. The Seminoles provide a rude welcoming with a 31-21 victory.

Garcia Jr.: Jameis Winston has a first start for the ages and totals 300-plus yards against the talented, but overmatched Panthers. Noles celebrate, 34-17.

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