Mike McAllister and John Garcia Jr. are neck and neck, but John picked up another game last week as he tries to gain separation. This week's ACC schedule features some solid matchups.
Garcia Jr.: 69-18
McAllister: An interesting matchup, the triple option is no match for the talented Tigers. Tajh Boyd has a big day through the air. Clemson 38 Georgia Tech 20.
Garcia Jr.: In a game that will be closer than people think, Clemson will pull away behind explosive passing plays in the second half. The Tiger offense has been running on all cylinders since the home embarrassment against FSU, and they stay on the 'Noles' heels with a solid 31-17 win.
McAllister: The Wolfpack continue their downward spiral this week as Boston College continues to get wins with an unimpressive roster. Boston College 28 N.C. State 10.
Garcia Jr.: One plummeting team against one that shows flashes of power and grit. I see both running games controlling this one, but Andre Williams and B.C. are a bit more steady than the Pack's ground game. This one may finish before hitting the three-hour mark, and the Eagles will triumph, 27-17.
McAllister: North Carolina is turning things around as their talented roster finally starts to play well. Pitt will have a let down after a big win last week. UNC 31 Pitt 21.
Garcia Jr.: The Tar Heels have been playing better and better over the last month or so, and Pitt is coming off of a win against Notre Dame. In what will be the best game of the ACC slate this week, Pitt holds its home field against the now run-first Heels in a 28-21 affair.
McAllister: Could Randy Edsall's job be on the line? If it it's bad news for him as Virginia Tech is too talented for the injury stricken Terps. Virginia Tech 31 Maryland 14.
Garcia Jr.: Maryland is simply dreadful and is a (turtle) shell of itself from the first month of the season and their 5-0 start. Tech, on the other hand, knows it has to keep winning to get to Charlotte for a battle with FSU, and they take care of business at home once again. Logan Thomas improves just a bit more in a 28-7 win.
McAllister: Duke is one of the most exciting teams to watch in the ACC, but Miami is eager to get back on track. The Hurricanes take care of business on the road, 27-24.
Garcia Jr.: Miami is trending down and Duke is still not being talked about enough. Their defense is actually coming around and the offense can still light up most units, and it will against the Canes on Saturday. The fighting Cutcliffes do it to The U, 34-24.
McAllister: Syracuse has no pressure on them with no one expecting them to keep this one close. Getting pressure on Winston will be key, but the Seminoles are too talented. The Orange will have some success on the ground, but it won't be nearly enough. Florida State 41 Syracuse 17.
Garcia Jr.: The Orange will play the Noles tough while on defense, but its offense won't be able to muster much up at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday afternoon. The home team has too many weapons on both sides of the ball and on special teams to lose to SU, despite that defense playing its best ball of the season. Those dominant efforts were against Wake Forest and Maryland, a pair of bottom-feeders. Jameis Winston and company average 52 points per game. FSU wins comfortably, 38-13.