ACC predictions: week two

CuseNation.com continues predicting ACC action and takes a look at week two inside.

Week two of ACC action features the first week when we will start tallying the results. Consider week one an exhibition. Also of note, CuseNation.com subscriber homedawg joins John Garcia Jr. and Mike McAllister to give his picks. Syracuse has a bye, but there is plenty of football to watch.

Friday

Pittsburgh at Boston College

McAllister: Both teams are 1-0, but the Panthers looked much more impressive. Boston College still lacks offensive playmakers and will struggle against a Pitt squad that could be a surprise in the ACC this season. Pittsburgh 31 Boston College 17.

Garcia Jr.: Pitt is much better than most think despite losing considerable experience a season ago, and it will prove to be true in an easy road win. Again, Boyd is a baller. Panthers cruise, 30-13.

homedawg: Very high on Pitt's chances for the 2014 season while feeling the exact opposite for BC. Week 1 did nothing to change those feelings. Voytik will continue to emerge as a star while the Panthers roll. Pitt 24 BC 13.

Saturday

South Carolina State at Clemson

McAllister: Things do not look good for State in this one as Clemson will look to erase their disappointing performance against Georgia the week prior. Look for Deshaun Watson to continue to show his potential star power and separate himself from Cole Stoudt in the QB battle. Clemson 45 S. Carolina St. 10.

Garcia Jr.: Poor SCSU, having to face the Tigers after they hung in with Georgia until the very end last week. Expect any and every QB Dabo Sweeney walks out there to perofrm at a high level and the Tigers’ D will unleash itself after last week’s disappointing finish. Ebenezer Ogundeko time, y’all! CU 55, SCSU 7.

homedawg: Kind of feel bad for South Carolina St catching Clemson after Gurley and UGA rolled them. The Tigers defense will get back on track as CU will take out some anger on these Bulldogs. Clemson 66 So. Carolina St 3.

Richmond at Virginia

McAllister: Virginia was impressive against UCLA, especially on defense. If not for a turnover prone offense, they may have pulled the upset. The Cavs will get back to .500 with an easy win in this on, once again behind a strong defensive performance. Virginia 34 Richmond 13.

Garcia Jr.: Upset special? Not with Mike London’s defense coming out of the gates so well against high-powered UCLA last week. It is young and five-star laden at several levels, and it will shine against the nearby Spiders in a defensive battle. Wahoos 28, Spiders 14.

homedawg: UVA surprised some people despite a loss last week. The Cavs defense looked amazing, while their offense looked equally as bad. UVA will ride their defense while London hopes his offense figures out exactly which end zone the ball is supposed to go in. Virgina 31 Richmond 7.

Tulane at Georgia Tech

McAllister: Georgia Tech left a lot to be desired in their week one performance. The triple option is difficult to prepare for, but Tulane is at home. Until I see more from the Yellow Jackets, I can’t take them in this spot. Tulane pulls the upset. Tulane 24 Georgia Tech 23.

Garcia Jr.: Yes, Georgia Tech didn’t look the part Week 1, but it will figure things out and the young roster has another game under its belt. It will be a struggle through three quarters, but the Jackets get it done late and hold onto the lead in a fun one, 31-21.

homedawg: Tulane got torched through the air last week, now they have to get prepared to be chopped blocked on the ground. GT wasn't impressive last week, but they should have the talent to get by an average at best Tulane team, despite being on the road. Georgia Tech 28 Tulane 20.

Old Dominion at N.C. State

McAllister: The Wolfpack were not very impressive in their week one win over Georgia Southern. Old Dominion comes in as a capable program as well. They feature defensive end Poncho Barnwell, a onetime Syracuse commit, who had two sacks in their opener. Look for him to cause some problems, but ultimately the depth of N.C. State to be the difference. N.C. State 27 Old Dominion 21.

Garcia Jr.: It took some time, but Brissett and the Pack figured things out against a tough Georgia Southern program to prepare for. ODU, on the other hand, is in its FBS infancy, and it will show with little time to prepare for State’s new look offense. It shows up and rolls the Monarchs, 41-17.

homedawg: Another ACC snooze fest. Last week NCST barely escaped Georgia Southern, who is newly transferred to the FBS level. This week they face another school who is in their first full season at the FBS level. I think we will see again why they aren't exactly testing themselves against better competition. NC ST slimes by ODU 24-20.

Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest

McAllister: Wake Forest may end up being the worst team in the conference this season. Their roster lacks playmakers on both sides of the ball, but they have a big edge in this one. Look for the Demon Deacons to win against a lower level team and even their record at 1-1. Wake Forest 28 Gardner-Webb 10.

Garcia Jr.: Not the sexiest ACC slate of games, I see. This in-state battle could be one of the better games of the weekend with Wake desperate for a victory. A pair of young rosters will make their share of mistakes, but the Deacons will get a win! Hopefully, for their sake, it’s not the lone “W” for the 2014 campaign. WFU 27, GW 10.

homedawg: Wake Forest vs. Gardner-Webb...Now here's a matchup I can't wait to see!!! Both teams are coming off losses to historic powers; Louisiana Monroe and Richmond. Clawson needs a W here since you would be hard pressed to find many more looking at their schedule. Wake in a barn burner 7-6.

Duke at Troy

McAllister: Duke hits the road early in the season but against a team they should be able to handle. The Blue Devils receiving corps will create major mismatches against the Trojans as they put up a big number on the scoreboard. Troy is blown out for the second straight week. Duke 48 Troy 14.

Garcia Jr.: Don’t sleep on Troy. Yes, I cover the state of Alabama and they have some serious talent coming in, but their JUCO enrollees are why I’m higher on the Trojans than most. However, Duke’s offense is so polished and Anthony Boone is in such control that the second half could become laughable. Blue Devils 38, Trojans 17.

homedawg: Who would have ever thought that Duke Football would be emerging as the new "it" school? The David Cutcliffe and Anthony Boone duo will continue to wreak havoc on the underbelly of the FBS. Ok I’ll give it to them, at least this one is on the road. Duke 42 Troy 14.

Murray State at Louisville

McAllister: Few teams looked as good as Louisville did in week one. Will Gardner was awfully impressive against Miami and will continue his strong play against an overwhelmed Murray State squad. The Cards defense will step up again as well. Louisville 42 Murray State 9.

Garcia Jr.: What’s your question? Another sloppy in-state battle where the home team will overpower its opponent. Cards 49, Racers 7.

homedawg: What could be a good battle on the basketball court probably won't be as much on the gridiron. Murray St may feel what poor Union Kentucky College felt like last week when the Racers had 52 hung on them by half, and 73 total points for the game. As for the Cards I’m not sure if it was there defense being that good, or true Freshman Brad Kaaya being that bad, but either way I think we will have to wait at least one more week to find out. L'ville puts the full court press on 59-17.

Florida A&M at Miami

McAllister: Miami is coming off of a disappointing performance against Louisville on Monday. They will take out their frustrations against A&M in the home opener for the ‘Canes. Duke Johnson runs wild and Miami gets back on track. Miami 38 Florida A&M 13.

Garcia Jr.: If this was a battle of the bands, the Canes would have zero shot, but it’s about what happens before and after the halftime efforts, and UM didn’t take advantage of its opportunity Week 1 against Louisville. They make up for mistakes on Saturday in an easy win, 45-3.

homedawg: It's that time of year again. It's collection week for Florida A&M. What's the cost of funding your athletic programs? Is it 76-0? 69-13? 70-17? 45-0? The annual paycheck game now counts as a moral win if they can actually finish the game without having to go to the running clock rule, something they haven't done since a 45-0 loss in 2011 to this same Miami team. Brad Kaaya wishes this was the season opener Miami 59 Florida A&M 7.

The Citadel at Florida State

McAllister: Does this game really need analysis or some sort of breakdown? Florida State is much better than The Citadel. Enough said. Florida State 55 Citadel 6.

Garcia Jr.: The ‘Noles didn’t look like the best team in the land Week 1, but it won’t have to do half as much against the Citadel. It’s the home opener, so there will be some kind of ceremony, and it’ll be all the motivation that the champs need early in a 55-0 drubbing.

homedawg: I'll give The Citadel the benefit of the doubt. Last week they fell to Coastal Carolina 31-16. They must have been looking ahead to Florida St!! This week they should be able to give a fully focused effort. FSU 77 The Citadel 0.

San Diego State at North Carolina

McAllister: North Carolina beat Liberty in week one, but not quite as impressively as expected. They gave up 29 points, which was a bit of a surprise. The Aztecs will provide more of a test, but ultimately the Tar Heels are the better squad. The defense stiffens a bit and the offense continues to produce. North Carolina 38 San Diego State 24.

Garcia Jr.: Another ACC squad that left our collective heads scratched was the Tar Heels. Returning so much fire power, it needed a second-half surge to get by Liberty last week. Larry Fedora will have his team better prepared for the Aztecs, but neither defense will perform very well anyway. Heels 40, Aztecs 20.

homedawg: Finally a decent matchup! San Diego St has what it needs to go on the road and pull an upset: experience at the QB position, strong rush defense, and good corners. Still it probably won't be enough as Larry Fedora has built an extremely talented roster. UNC gets the win, but closer than some would think. UNC 27 SDSU 20.

Virginia Tech at Ohio State

McAllister: Easily the game of the week in the conference, Tech has a chance to make a statement for the ACC as well as further push down the Big-10 in the minds of the national media. The Hokies will keep this one close behind a strong defensive effort, but J.T. Barrett will make enough plays to help the Buckeyes improve to 2-0. Ohio State 24 Virginia Tech 20.

Garcia Jr.: Ohio State didn’t look great against Navy, but as we say about Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, that flex-bone, triple-option attack is a nightmare to prepare for. Virginia Tech’s offense is a bit more vanilla, but it’s defense could be the best in the ACC. Whichever running game performs better will win out, and with the Bucks at home, it will. OSU 28, Va. Tech 21.

homedawg: VT has the opportunity to carry the ACC flag in the only game of the weekend where the ACC team isn't favored. Ohio St, who is trying to replace their leader Braxton Miller, looked very beatable opening weekend vs Navy. I think Virginia Tech has a very good chance to pull the upset, and as much as I want to choose them, I just can't bring myself to do so. Ohio St 21 Virginia Tech 20.


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