ACC Week 7 Preview
As the halfway point of the college football season is upon most teams, games take on more importance in terms of vying for conference titles and bowl games. With six games on the schedule in Week 7 of the ACC, here is a look at those games as we turn the corner into the second half of the season:
Pittsburgh at 24)Virginia Tech (Saturday, 12 noon)
In a match up that features two one loss teams, the Panthers travel to Blacksburg to face a hot Hokie team.
Virginia Tech has not dropped a game since falling to Alabama in Week one, rattling off 5 straight wins. With a win, the Hokies can stay ahead of Miami and put distance from the rest of the Coastal Division.
The Hokies, who only yield 16 points a game, bring in a solid defense to slow down Tom Savage who has thrown 10 touchdown passes on the season.
Meanwhile, with Logan Thomas improving each week at quarterback, Virginia Tech has become more consistent on offense.
Trey Edmunds has 4 rushing touchdowns on the season to go along with 380 rushing yards for the Hokies.
Pitt will counter with James Conner who has 4 rushing touchdowns himself and a pair of top notch receivers in Devin Street and Tyler Boyd who have combined for 7 receiving touchdowns.
Prediction: Virginia Tech by 6
Navy at Duke (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
The Blue Devils, who were able to get back on track last week, will meet a one loss Navy team in Durham.
Duke has rolled up the scoring, averaging 36 a game but have not been able to slow down their opponents in their losses this season.
With multi-threat quarterback Brandon Connette leading the charge, Duke should light up the scoreboard against the Midshipmen. Connette has thrown for 11 touchdowns on the season and keeps defenses honest with his ablity to run, as well.
Jamison Crowder is putting up all conference type numbers with 530 receiving yards and a couple touchdown receptions for Duke.
Navy comes into the game with only a loss, to Western Kentucky, on their schedule. Look for a heavy dose of rushing from a team who averages 288 rushing yards a game. Keenan Reynolds leads the rushing attack from the quarterback position, with 385 yards and 7 touchdowns thus far this season. He has thrown for 2 touchdowns, as well.
The Midshipmen have held opponents to an average of just over 10 points a game in their last 3.
Prediction: Duke by 3
Virgina at Maryland (Saturday, 3:30pm)
Two old rivals meet in College Park on Saturday. The Terps will look to get back on track after a drubbing at the hands of Florida State last week. Meanwhile, the Cavs hope to end a two game skid and even their record up.
Aside from losing the game to the Seminoles last week, Maryland lost all purpose quarterback C.J. Brown due to injury. He is doubtful for this week. Caleb Rowe is likely to start against Virginia. Rowe, a sophomore, is a passing threat and will offer a different look than teams who faced the Terps early in the season saw.
The Cavaliers will feature Kevin Parks at running back. Parks has rushed for 5 touchdowns on the season and takes pressure off of quarterback David Watford.
Without Brown, Maryland will likely lean heavily on running back Brandon Ross who will have to shoulder a larger load without the running presence of the Maryland starting quarterback.
Neither team has had tremendous success on defense, both averaging over 20 points allowed this season.
Prediction: Maryland by 3
Syracuse at N.C. State (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
Both teams enter the game coming off of a conference loss last week.
Syracuse will rely on running back Jerome Smith who has scored 7 rushing touchdowns on the season.
The Wolfpack will be looking for an improved effort from quarterback Pete Thomas who has only thrown 2 touchdowns this year.
In a game that pits the two teams at the bottow of the Atlantic Division standings, one of these teams will walk away with their first conference win of the season.
Prediction: N.C. State by 9
Boston College at 3)Clemson (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
The Tigers look to stay unbeaten on Saturday against a scrappy Boston College team, from Death Valley.
Tajh Boyd has put up potential Heisman Award numbers early with 14 touchdown passes and 1449 passing yards. He has rushed for 4 additional touchdowns, as well.
With Sammy Watkins receiving and Rodeick McDowell rushing, the Tigers have a balanced attack on offense. And Clemson averages over 44 points a game.
Boston College has one of the best running backs in the Country in Andre Williams who has 768 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns.
Chase Rettig has thrown 9 touchdown passes for the 3-2 Boston College team.
The Tigers are tied with Florida State atop the Atlantic Division with the Eagles of BC one game behind both teams. A win by Clemson practically ensures that the Atlantic Division should be a two team race in the second half of the season.
Prediction: Clemson by 27
Georgia Tech at BYU (Saturday, 7:30 pm)
The Yellow Jackets step out of conference and travel to Provo to face the 3-2 Cougars.
Georgia Tech and the 7th ranked rushing attack in the country will look to break a two game losing streak.
Vad Lee has thrown for 7 touchdown passes and rushed for 3 to lead the Ramblng Wreck. David Sims has rushed for 6, along with 325 rushing yards.
While Georgia Tech boasts the 7th best rushing offense, the Cougars aren't far behind at 11 averaging 277 yards a game on the ground, themselves.
Quarterback Taysom Hill has rushed for 579 yards and 6 touchdowns and has passed for 4 touchdown passes.
With Hill and Lee playing in this game, two of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the Country will be featured.
Prediction: BYU by 4