ACC Week Two Predictions

Week two of ACC action provides even more intriguing matchups than week one. The CuseNation.com staff predicts how everything will go down inside.

Week one of college football has come and gone with upsets, intrigue, and stars born. Through the first game, here's a look at where things stand between Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr.

Current Standings

McAllister: 11-1

Garcia Jr.: 8-3

Wake Forest at Boston College (Friday)

McAllister: The Demon Deacons and Eagles battle in their ACC opener. In an otherwise even matchup, home field advantage is the difference. Addazio wins his first ACC contest 23-20.

Garcia Jr.: Each team impressed in Week 1, but Wake Forest has the most upside here with one of their best recruiting classes already making a big impact. The youth of the Demon Deacons will help the black and gold to win No. 2 in their ACC opener, 31-21.

Florida at Miami

McAllister: The Gators are too talented though the Hurricanes give them a fight behind Stephen Morris. Florida wins a tight one 27-26.

Garcia Jr. : Each team picked up a win last week, against inferior opponents, and this one could possibly reignite one of the best rivalries from "back in the day." The Gators almost always start out slow, and that will cost them against playmakers Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson. The U gets its biggest win in some time, upsetting UF at home, 28-24.

Middle Tennessee at North Carolina

McAllister: North Carolina responds from a loss to the Game Cocks in week one with a big performance. The Tar Heels run all over Middle Tennessee State 45-10.

Garcia Jr.: The Tar Heels hung with SEC power South Carolina most of the night last Thursday, and the extra days of rest will be needed to recover after the tough loss. Lucky for UNC, MTSU rolls into Chapel Hill after facing FCS program Western Carolina. The bump in competition will be too much for the Blue Raiders and Larry Fedora and company snag win No. 1 at home, 38-17.

South Carolina State at Clemson

McAllister: Not much to say here. Clemson is one of the best teams in the country and South Carolina State is not. Clemson in a laugher 59-7.

Garcia Jr.: Really? Boyd. Watkins. Howard's Rock. Done. Tigers cruise 42-14.

Western Carolina at Virginia Tech

McAllister: Virginia Tech bounces back from a valiant effort against the defending champs by blowing out an undersized Western Carolina. Hokies even their record with a 31-14 win.

Garcia Jr.: The Catamounts will be no match for Logan Thomas after his subpar showing against the national champs last week. VT's defense, however, put on a clinic against 'Bama and it will make for an easy Week 2 win over Western, 38-10.

Oregon at Virginia

McAllister: Virginia will be ready to go when they welcome the second ranked Ducks into town. But Oregon is far too talented. A closer than expected win, but a win nonetheless. Oregon 38-27.

Garcia Jr.: The Ducks flew to a million points last week before anybody even knew their game had begun, and it will be tough for anybody to slow going forward, even an improved Cavalier squad. Oregon gets over the jet-lag for a 41-21 win in Charlottesville.

Old Dominion at Maryland

McAllister: The Monarchs are more talented than people think and are building a solid program. But Maryland has more talented right now. The Terps win 35-24.

Garcia Jr.: The Terps impressed over scrappy FIU in the opener, and the Monarchs will share the same fate. The youth of Maryland once again makes a big impact in a 35-17 victory.

Duke at Memphis

McAllister: Duke on the road against a Memphis team that is still rebuilding. The Tigers stun the Blue Devils 24-21.

Garcia Jr.: Watch out for the Blue Devils. The ACC darlings are on a mission to surprise some people even more in 2013 despite losing top talent from a season ago. A tuneup against N.C. Central went as planned and so should the first road game against the Tigers. 28-10 Duke.

Richmond at North Carolina State

McAllister: The Spiders have one of the best names in sports. But N.C. State is just more talented than their FCS foe. The Wolfpack squash the spiders 31-10.

Garcia Jr.: The Spiders are always an FCS threat, but Dave Doeren and company came out impressively during their Pack debut. It continues at home and this time it's because of the defense. 27-7, N.C. State.

Syracuse at Northwestern

McAllister: Syracuse's offense facing a much worse defense in the Wildcats in week two, but Northwestern's offense humbles the Orange defense a bit. In a closer than people think contest, Northwestern pulls it out 31-27.

Garcia Jr.: The Orange's offense looked out of rhythm just about all the way through the opener against Penn State, and while Northwestern's defense is quite the opposite of that of the Nittany Lions, the outcome will be the same. Syracuse cannot get into a shootout with Pat Fitzgerald's program like they did a season ago. Even then, the Ryan Nassib show still couldn't come up with a win. Northwestern wins another grinder, 28-21.


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