ACC Predictions: Week Five

Week five of ACC play features several intriguing matchups. The CuseNation.com staff predicts each game, including Syracuse/Notre Dame, inside.

Should be another fun week of ACC action, with the Orange having the spotlight game in the conference. Once again, Mike McAllister, John Garcia Jr. and homedawg are here to prediction each game.

Current Standings

McAllister: 26-8
Garcia Jr.: 25-9
homedawg: 25-9

Colorado State at Boston College

McAllister: Colorado State always seems to give power five teams problems, and they should play well in this one. That said, the Eagles are on a roll and should continue that behind Tyler Murphy. B.C. 28 CSU 17.

Garcia Jr.: The Rams are improved on both sides of the ball, but B.C. had a bye week to sit on their big win over Southern Cal. They'll be ready to host, but former 'Bama running back Dee Hart and company have the good the pull off the upset. He runs for 100-plus and the Rams make us scratch our heads more than we already do, 37-27.

homedawg: Not sure how BC gets all these West coast teams to fly out East, but more power to them. What I had originally thought was a rebuilding year for the Eagles is starting to look more and more like another bowl season for Addazzio. Colorado St isn't bad, but the Eagles are too physical and should wear them down. Boston College 31 Colorado St 21.

Western Michigan at Virginia Tech

McAllister: The Hokies should control this one with their dominance up front on both sides of the ball. Look for Beamer Ball to be in full effect with a special teams touchdown and dominant defensive effort. Virginia Tech 31 Western Michigan 13.

Garcia Jr.: Virginia Tech can't afford to lose anymore than they already have over the last two weeks, and it won't. Bud Foster has to regroup from the contrasting offenses he's faced over the last two weeks, and he will with the Broncos in town. VT 35, WMU 17.

homedawg: What in the world has happened to the Hokies? There was so much potential after beating Ohio St, but now they have to guard against letting their season go into a tailspin. W.Michigan should provide a welcome win, but I still don't think the performance will make the Hokie fans feel any better. VT in a close one. VT 28 W. Michigan 24.

Akron at Pittsburgh

McAllister: A big mismatch in this one as the Voytik/Boyd combination will dominate the Zips. The Pitt defense holds Akron at bay throughout. Pitt 38 Akron 14.

Garcia Jr.: The zips can do some things, but Pitt is the better blue and gold team, and they're at home, and they're coming off of a loss for the first time this fall. The anger should only help Tyler Boyd and company to a big win, 42-21.

homedawg: I was pretty disappointed how the Panthers closed out against Iowa last week. They let one slip through their fingers that they seemingly had in control. This week they should get back to business however as Akron is pretty terrible. Pitt should be able to run all over the Zips. Pitt 42 Akron 17.

Wake Forest at Louisville

McAllister: Wake Forest leaves little doubt that they are the worst team in the conference as the Cards physically dominate the Demon Deacons. Louisville 45 Wake Forest 7.

Garcia Jr.: Wake is the clear bottom-feeder in the league this time around, and Louisville is coming off of an embarrassing loss to Virginia. Advantage: Michael Dyer and the Cardinals, who will run all over the Deacons in a 38-10 rout.

homedawg: Wake is probably the worst team in the ACC. Catching Louisville after a road loss to Virginia isn't the perfect time to have to travel to their place. While i'm not as crazy about Louisville as some people, I still think they should take care of business in a big way. Louisville 37 Wake Forest 14.

Florida State at N.C. State

McAllister: The Wolfpack are 4-0, but it is a bit of smoke and mirrors with a plethora of subpar non-conference opponents. They open the conference slate with Jameis Winston coming off of a suspension. He has a huge day as the Seminoles dominate on the road. Florida State 42 N.C. State 13.

Garcia Jr.: It was no-Winston, no-problem for the 'Nole last week, barely, but he's back and the poor Wolfpack is the opponent. Sure, he'll overcompensate early and NC State's offense is nothing to sneeze at, but the defense is. This will be the game that makes people say, 'Oh, yeah, they're pretty good down the field.' FSU 41, NC State 20.

homedawg: Time for NC ST to come back down to planet Earth. After padding their schedule with 4 cream puffs they finally get matched up with a real opponent. Florida St on the other hand has to try to avoid the let down game after a dramatic victory over Clemson. Jameis Winston has to be careful to try to do too much, but either way FSU has far too much talent. FSU 31 NC ST 9.

Kent State at Virginia

McAllister: Virginia continues their ascension as a viable contender in the ACC with another strong performance led by their stout defense. The Cavs do enough offensively to pull away from the Golden Flashes. Virginia 30 Kent State 9.

Garcia Jr.: Is UVa. onto something? It's defense has given everyone fits, led by some young Scout.com five-stars from the 2014 class, and it will be more of the same on Saturday. The Golden Flashes would need alum Antonio Gates to have a shot in Charlottesville, which is increasing weird to type.

homedawg: Despite being 2-2 Virginia may be one of the surprise teams of the season in the ACC. They have looked game in all 3 big match ups this season vs UCLA, BYU, and Louisville, who they managed to score the upset over. Kent St on the other hand just plain isn't good. Quite possibly could be one of the worst teams in the FBS bad. Virginia should have an easy one here. Virginia 34 Kent St 6.

North Carolina at Clemson

McAllister: This could be a fun one as the Tar Heels look to bounce back from giving up 70 to East Carolina last week. While their defense is not quote as porous, the Tigers should have their way behind frosh sensation Deshaun Watson. Clemson 38 North Carolina 24

Garcia Jr.: Anyone up for a shootout? Hope so, because that's what we're going to get with these cross-division rivals meet in Death Valley. The DeShaun Watson era is officially underway, and the dreadful Tar Heel defense will be his first victim as a starting quarterback in college. Larry Fedora's offense will hang for a while, but not nearly long enough. Clemson can't afford any more losses if it wants to play in a big-time bowl game, and they'll play like it. Tigers 42, Heels 28.

homedawg: I'm pretty interested in this match up. Both teams need a win in a bad way. UNC got absolutely embarrassed last week against in state rival ECU, while Clemson let one slip away on the road against the #1 team in the country. The UNC game was an eye opener for me last week. I thought they had the talent to take their division...not so anymore. As for Clemson I think they made the right choice going with DeShaun Watson full time, and it should start to show this week. Clemson 45 UNC 20.

Duke at Miami

McAllister: This should be another fun one, and could go a long way towards deciding who wins the Coastal division. Duke’s offense comes to play and uses their fantastic wide receivers to make big plays against a Miami defense that has struggled this year. The Blue Devils pull it off on the road. Duke 34 Miami 31.

Garcia Jr.: The biggest game in the conference will be played in front of the smallest crowd down at the home of the Dolphins, but it won't matter. The U will look like it's back in this one, with a stunning upset of the most efficient offense in the league. Duke is beat-up on both lines of scrimmage, where Miami still has some of the best in the business. Canes 31, Blue Devils 28.

homedawg: Duke joins NCST this week in finally challenging themselves. Unlike NCST I actually think Duke has some talent, and even better coaching. Miami, who never seems short of talent just can't seem to put it together. It has to all go back to qb play. Duke has a big time advantage at the position, and it should allow them to get the win on the road. Duke 28 Miami 21.

Notre Dame at Syracuse

McAllister: Syracuse will keep this one close for much of the game and will limit the mistakes that cost them against Maryland. Terrel Hunt plays well through three quarters, but the more talented Notre Dame roster takes over in the fourth and pulls away from the Orange. Everett Golson is a problem all night and the Irish keep their playoff hopes alive. Notre Dame 38 Syracuse 27.

Garcia Jr.: Will SU shock the world in prime time? I say yes. Notre Dame hasn't looked very impressive in any of its games thus far, and the Orange is coming off of its worst performance of the year. I can only imagine how the week has been for Shafer's squad, and they'll take it out on the Irish and its one-dimensional offense. Expect a lot of running from the Orange, including from Hunt, in a slow-down shocker, 21-14.

homedawg: What a difference a week makes. What could have been for Syracuse....well isn't. I still think the Orange have a chance to bounce back strong against the Irish. Maybe i'm crazy, but I think the Cuse has a chance for a major upset. Syracuse 21 Notre Dame 20.


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