ACC Week 13 Preview
With only a few weeks remaining, the finish line is in sight and several ACC teams are positioning themselves for bowl appearances. In Week 13, some will take a step in that direction. Here is a look at Saturday action in the conference:
Old Dominion at North Carolina (Saturday, 12 noon)
North Carolina will face an out of conference opponent with a chance to become bowl eligible, on the line. A win would give the Tar Heels a sixth victory and would keep them in the Coastal Division race.
UNC enters the game on a 4 game winning streak. Marquise Williams leads the Tar Heels with 8 touchdown passes. Williams took over for injured Bryn Renner a few weeks ago. He has added 4 rushing touchdowns as well.
The Monarchs bring an 8-3 record to Kenan Stadium, led by Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. Heinicke has thrown 32 touchdown passes and 3892 yards passing.
Old Dominion comes into Chapel Hill having won 8 of their last 9 games.
Prediction: North Carolina by 13
Duke at Wake Forest (Saturday, 12 noon)
The Blue Devils travel to Winston-Salem having gained control of the Coastal Division. They control their own destiny. If the Blue Devils win out, they will play for the ACC Championship in Charlotte.
Duke is 8-2 and 4-2 in the ACC, led by Jamison Crowder at receiver. Crowder has 73 catches for 956 receiving yards. The Blue Devils have won 6 straight games.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest needs two wins to finish the season at .500 but have lost their last 3 games. Tanner Price has thrown for 12 touchdown passes on the season.
Prediction: Duke by 7
Citadel at 7)Clemson (Saturday, 12 noon)
Clemson steps out of the conference before facing rival South Carolina in their last ball game. The Tigers have won 3 straight games since falling to Florida State.
Tajh Boyd has recovered as well, he has thrown 24 touchdown passes on the year. Sammy Watkins has caught 9 of those passes leading the Tiger receiving corps.
The Bulldogs, from the Southern Conference, enter Death Valley with a 5-6 record having won 3 straight.
Prediction: Clemson by 42
Virginia at Miami (Saturday, 12 noon)
After a 7-0 start, the Hurricanes have lost 3 straight games falling to 7-3. They look to rebound against a Cavalier team who is 2-8.
Stephen Morris has thrown 16 touchdown passes while Dallas Crawford has rushed for 10 touchdowns and has filled the void left by the Duke Johnson injury.
The Cavaliers have lost 7 straight games and are still looking for their first conference win. Kevin Parks has rushed for 10 touchdowns to lead Virginia.
The Miami defense who was so strong in the early part of the season have given up over 40 points in their last three games.
Prediction: Miami by 20
East Carolina at N.C. State (Saturday, 12:30pm)
The Pirates are the 7th ranked passing attack in the Country , led by Shane Carder who has thrown 29 touchdown passes They have won 6 out of their last 7 games.
N.C. State has lost 6 straight games. Their defense has given up an average of 27.9 points per game.
Shadrach Thornton has rushed for 606 yards to lead the Wolfpack.
Prediction: East Carolina by 8
Pittsburgh at Syracuse (Saturday, 12:30pm)
The two new members of the conference square off in Syracuse with the winner in a position for a bowl bid.
The Panthers have lost 3 of the last 4 while Syracuse has won 2 out of their last 3.
Jerome Smith has rushed for 10 touchdowns for the Orangemen. Tom Savage has tossed 18 touchdown passes for Pitt.
The Panthers boast two of the top receivers in the conference in Devin Street and Tyler Boyd. The pair have combined for 13 touchdown receptions and over 1600 receiving yards.
Prediction: Pittsburgh by 3
Alabama A&M at Georgia Tech (Saturday, 1:30pm(
The Yellow Jackets still have their eye on the Coastal Division at 5-3 in the conference. But this week, they host an out of conference opponent from the SWAC.
The 4-7 Bulldogs will attempt to contain Vad Lee and the Yellow Jackets spread offense. Lee has passed for 8 touchdowns while rushing for 6.
David Sims has rushed for 10 touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech.
Prediction: Georgia Tech by 55
Idaho at Florida State (Saturday, 3:30pm)
Florida State is in the drivers seat to gain a spot in the National Championship game. This week, they face a Vandal team who have just one win on the season.
The explosive Seminoles average over 52 points a game while only yielding 11. Led by Jameis Winston who has the inside track to the heisman trophy, Florida State has scored over 40 points in every game.
Idaho's lone win came against Temple.
Prediction: Florida State by 63
Boston College at Maryland (Saturday, 3:30pm)
Two 6-4 teams face each, with both bowl eligible. Boston College has won 3 straight games while Maryland rebounded last week from a three game losing streak, defeating Virginia Tech.
C.J. Brown leads Maryland at quarterback. The multi-purpose threat has returned from injury throwing two touchdown passes last week.
For Boston College, it is all about Andre Williams. Williams has had a stellar season rushing for 1810 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season.
Chase Rettig has 14 touchdown passes to just 4 interceptions on the season for the Eagles.
Boston College by 3
Week 12 Results:
Clemson 55 Georgia Tech 31
Boston College 38 N.C. State 21
North Carolina 34 Pittsburgh 27
Maryland 27 Virginia Tech 24 OT
Florida State 59 Syracuse 3
Duke 48 Miami 30