After taking a few weeks to assess the teams in the ACC, the CuseNation.com staff is ready to pick all of the games on the conference slate for week four.
Boise State at Virginia
Mike McAllister: The Cavs need a quality win desparately after nearly upsetting Notre Dame and then struggling with FCS William & Mary last week. Boise State is flying across country and will have to adjust to the time difference. Not to mention Virginia's defense is talented. Expect the Cavs to play with a lot of intensity, and are able to pull off the upset in front of their home crowd. Virginia 20 Boise State 17.
John Garcia Jr: The fighting Kellen Moore's lost a tough one to BYU Saturday but should have plenty of grit to travel to the opposite coast and take on the ACC's most inconsistent football program. Nearly upset UCLA then survive William and Mary? Broncos should roll in a battle of blue and orange, 30-17.
Georgia Tech at Duke
Mike McAllister: After a disappointing performance against Notre Dame, Georgia Tech is ready to bounce back. Duke's offense has really struggled this season, and their defense will have fits trying to stop the triple option. Expect a big day from Justin Thomas. Georgia Tech 27 Duke 17.
John Garcia Jr: Both programs are not only looking to jockey for position in the Coastal, but are coming off of tough losses to ranked teams they had the upper hand on. Tech's offense is running pretty smoothly but its secondary seems suspect. Good news for them is that Duke is nowhere near as efficient through the air as it has been (Jamison Crowder is now a Washington Redskin), so they want to pound the rock as much as GT does. This one comes down to which ever defense makes the biggest, latest play, and my money is on Jeremy Cash at home. Blue Devils deal Tech a second straight loss, this time 21-20.
LSU at Syracuse
Mike McAllister: If Dungey was playing in this one, I would have Syracuse giving LSU a pretty strong fight. I believe the Orange defense will play well, though they will not be able to contain Leonard Fournette for the entire game. Honestly, who can? Syracuse stays close early, but LSU pulls away and their defense shuts down Mahoney and the Orange offense. LSU 38 Syracuse 13.
John Garcia Jr: Oh boy. I've had the chance to cover most of LSU and Syracuse's last few recruiting classes and the talent level and size is obviously a bit off. However, SU has been stout against the run early on and has shown great grit to get off to a somewhat surprising 3-0 start given its injury issues. I don't think either roster has a (healthy) QB capable of taking over the game, so can the Orange compete with Leonard Fournette? He won't put up Auburn-type numbers, but he'll do enough in a 31-20 triumph. SU saves face.
Delaware at North Carolina
Mike McAllister: UNC is rolling after their season opening loss. The offense is putting things together and defense starting to gel. Delaware is no match for the Tar Heels in this one. UNC 48 Delaware 14.
John Garcia Jr: Joe Flacco ain't walkin' through that door and UNC has looked better each week, on both sides of the ball. 41-17 Heels.
Indiana at Wake Forest
Mike McAllister: Wake really struggled last week against Army, and Indiana can flat out score. The Hoosiers, however, cannot stop anyone. Their defense does them in on the road as they face their first real test of the season. The Decons defense does just enough to thwart Indiana's offense. Kendall Hinton steps in for John Wolford and has a big day both through the air and on the ground. Wake Forest 42 Indiana 38.
John Garcia Jr: Tevin Coleman ain't walkin' through that door, but it's actually just how IU drew it up as Jordan Howard leads America in rushing. The Deacons have a solid defense once again and frosh QB Kendall Hinton is a dual-threat that can give the Hoosiers fits in his first start ala A.J. Long vs. Wake last year. History repeats itself and Wake's rebuild continues with a 24-21 win.
Northern Illinois at Boston College
Mike McAllister: The Eagles were shut out last week at home by Florida State. While that will not happen again this week, they face a Northern Illinois team that seemed to have Ohio State on the ropes multiple times last week. Huskies quarterback Drew Hare and wide receiver Kenny Golladay prove to be too much for the Eagles, who cannot muster enough offense and fall for the second consecutive week. NIU 24 BC 21.
John Garcia Jr: Gritty game here. Will NIU remain phased by nearly upsetting the best team in the land or will BC crumble because of its QB instability after hanging with the Noles? Neither. The Huskies will jump out to an early lead and hold off Syracuse native Tyler Rouse and the Eagles 27-17.
Virginia Tech at East Carolina
Mike McAllister: Last season, the Pirates upset Virginia Tech after many declared the Hokies "back." This year, the Hokies have to hit the road to face an East Carolina team that has struggled in 2015. Beamer Ball prevails in this one. Virginia Tech 27 ECU 14.
John Garcia Jr: Tech has perhaps the best secondary in the ACC and ECU likes to chuck it all over the yard. That matchup will tell us all and the Hokies have revenge on their collective mind in a 30-20 win.
North Carolina State at South Alabama
Mike McAllister: NC State faces yet another inferior opponent as they look to start 4-0 for the second consecutive year. This one won't be easy, however, as USA has underrated talent. They give the Wolfpack all they can handle, but come up short as Matt Dayes is the difference in this one. NC State 35 USA 24.
John Garcia Jr: NCSU recruited best among ACC teams not named Florida State and Clemson in 2015 and it's helped them to a nice start. The Jags of USA have plenty of middle-tier talent as well, but probably not enough to slow the backfield combo of Dayes and Brissett for very long. Pack prevails 37-20.
Samford at Louisville
Mike McAllister: Some had Louisville as a darkhorse in the Atlantic division coming into the season. An 0-3 start has quelled those thoughts and suddenly the Cardinals are scrambling. Samford comes in at a perfect time and Louisville takes out their frustrations in this one. UL 45 Samford 13.
John Garcia Jr: Louisville somehow does not have a win. Regardless of who the quarterback is, they need to get off the shnide this week and they will. Louisville wins 36-10.