Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tech Guaranteed a Win as BC Continues their Run

Another good week with a record of 4-1… like UVa, my luck is bound to change sometime… Hopefully not this week.

Thursday, Nov 1

7:30 PM

Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga.
ACC ISP Sports Radio Network
Call this one the Offensive Attrition Bowl (there are worse sounding bowl names). Georgia Tech is down to their third-string tailback after losing both Tashard Choice and Rashaun to injuries against Army. Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is scheduled to return to the Hokie lineup after missing the BC game with a high ankle sprain. Both teams are allowing less than 100 yards per game of offense and are ranked in the top 15 in total defense, so don’t expect any offensive fireworks. Last week, Va Tech’s special teams and defense let them down during the stretch of the heart breaking loss to BC. Don’t count on that happening again. VT’s special teams and defense one again outscore their offense. VT 23-14

Saturday, Nov 3

12:00 PM

Wake Forest @ Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.
The Deac’s played their own version of Beamer Ball against the Heels, while UVa came back to earth against the Wolfpack. Both teams likely need to win to keep pace in their divisional races. If the Deacs are able to contain Chris Long like the NC State did, the ‘Hoos are in for a long afternoon. UVa’s game notes point out the offensive success the ‘Hoos have had against the Deac’s in the last 20 years… This isn’t your grandfather’s Wake Forest defense. Look for the Deacs to further UVa’s return to reality. WFU 28-17

Clemson @ Duke
Durham, N.C.
Seriously!? ACC Select didn’t even pick this one up. Keep in mind, Duke has a win against Clemson in the Ted Roof era, but don’t look for a repeat. Clemson 42-20

NC State @ Miami
Miami, Fla.
The Pack has won two straight after their open date with the reemergence of the defensive line and some spectacular play from Daniel Evans. Miami is coming off of a bye week after a come from behind win against FSU. Miami specializes in forcing turnovers with 20 so far this season, while, with the exception of the last 2 games, NC State has specialized in turning the ball over. I’m not sure that Daniel Evan’s jump balls to Donald Bowens will be successful against Miami’s 20th ranked defense. If starting quarterback Kyle Wright is unable to go for the ‘Cane’s, this one could turn into a defensive battle. Miami 21-17

3:45 PM

Maryland @ North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Both teams are reeling after last week’s blowout losses, and need wins to keep out of their Divisions’ cellars. UNC’s special teams play coming off of their bye week was truly inspiring… for the Deacs. Maryland’s offense is suffering form the injury bug and their defense was absolutely shredded by Clemson’s offense. UNC QB T.J. Yates will need to keep the interceptions to a minimum in order for the Heels to have a chance. I would feel better about their chances if they had a running game. UMd 35-31

8:00 PM

Florida State @ Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Unfortunately for FSU, they're back in a spotlight game. Last week, they looked respectable against an undermanned Duke team, but I doubt their ability to avoid key mistakes against a quality opponent. BC has a lot to play for to say the least. The last 6 minutes of the VT game was truly the stuff of legends. Look for the Eagles to continue their run to Jacksonville. BC 35-21