John Garcia Jr: 12-4
Mike McAllister: 7-9
NC State at Virginia Tech
Mike McAllister: Both teams are coming off of disappointing conference losses and both are looking to get back on track. Home field advantage is the difference in this one as Beamer Ball strikes with a defensive and special teams score. Tech wins at home 27-21.
John Garcia Jr: It turns out the Wolfpack wasn't back, as we predicted, last week in a loss to Louisville. Tech isn't exactly contending for league titles, either, so this one may be another gritty ACC game. In these types of scenarios it's about ground game and defense, and Matt Dayes may be the best player on the field. Pack pulls one out, 24-20 despite another great Lane Stadium night atmosphere.
Duke at Army
Mike McAllister: The Blue Devils' defense is among the best in the country and will be too much for a limited Army offense to handle. Duke is able to get back on track against an overmatched Cadets' D. Duke 42 Army 7.
John Garcia Jr: Army has improved in the academy game, but Duke has the best defense in the ACC. It will again be physical and again Jeremy Cash and company will rise to the occasion. The DU offense will catch up this weekend in New York, too. Blue Devils 31, Army 10.
Virginia at Pittsburgh
Mike McAllister: Virginia is on the verge of completely falling apart while the Panthers are looking to gain some momentum as they get into the meat of their conference slate. Qadree Ollison has a big day for the Panthers who get a solid win at home in front of Chris Clark. Pitt 24 Virginia 10.
John Garcia Jr: Mike London remains on the hot seat and he takes hit team into a suddenly playing-well Pitt squad? The balanced Panther offense will be too much for the Cavs in a 27-14 ballgame.
Wake Forest at Boston College
Mike McAllister: Two teams with solid defenses and inconsistent offenses collide in Chestnut Hill. If Wake was the home team, they would probably be the pick here. But with the Eagles hosting this one, they have the edge. Their rushing attack does just enough as Wake loses yet another close conference clash. BC 20 Wake 9.
John Garcia Jr: A pair of young offenses tangle, each equipped with better-than-you-realize defenses on the other side. That will keep the scoring down as Wake QBs again struggle and probably turn the ball over in a 17-7 Eagle win.
Syracuse at South Florida
Mike McAllister: Syracuse gets Eric Dungey and Ervin Philips back from injury and that is just too many playmakers for the Bulls to handle. The South Florida defensive line is good and will test the Orange front five. However, their ability to be more consistent in the passing game will be the difference. An intriguing matchup within the matchup is a very good Syracuse run defense against a strong USF rushing attack. The Orange should do enough to contain the Bulls. Syracuse wins on the road to improve to 4-1. Syracuse 27 USF 17.
John Garcia Jr: This one will be the best game of the day among our picks, because the strengths of one team offset the other. Syracuse is balanced offensively, but relies on its QB a bit. The Bulls rush the passer well with a semi-dominant defensive line. On the flip-side, SU's front-seven is an athletic group that can run, which will be needed to slow Flowers and Mack in the Bull backfield. But when Flowers has to lead them with his arm, he often comes up short. That, and SU turning him over twice, will be the reason the road team wins 21-13.
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Mike McAllister: Once a darkhorse to win the ACC, Georgia Tech has lost three straight and is on the verge of the season spiraling completely out of control. It doesn't get any easier traveling to Death Valley. DeShaun Watson and company control this one from start to finish. Clemson 35 Tech 20.
John Garcia Jr: This looks like a CU blowout or a narrow Tech win. I'm shocked GT has lost three in a row, but Clemson is the league's best bunch. Go with Watson and the blowout as Wayne Gallman runs wild in a 34-17 Tiger win.
Miami at Florida State
Mike McAllister: The best rivalry in the conference has been one sided of late, but that changes this season. Miami is still not where they were in their hay day, but Florida State's struggling passing attack will do them in. The Hurricanes rushing attack behind Joseph Yearby controls time of possession and the defense is able to turn over Everett Golson. Miami wins in a somewhat surprising upset 27-24.
John Garcia Jr: The ole rivalry is nowhere near what it used to be -- in talent or entertainment.Miami pushed Winston and company a season ago, but you just knew FSU would pull it out. Everett Golson hasn't been half the play-maker the No. 1 pick was, and that could hurt the Noles here. Dalvin Cook's health certainly will, enabling Miami to hang close until Brad Kaaya throws a late interception. Again. Noles 27, Canes 20.