Conference Play In Full Swing: ACC Week 6
All but two ACC teams are engaged in conference play in Week 6. Only Boston College and Virginia will face out of conference opponents. Here is what is in store for Saturday:
25)Maryland at 8)Florida State (Saturday, 12 noon)
Two unbeaten teams will square off in a game that has big implications in the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles have two conferrence wins in hand while the Terps will play their first game in conference.
Florida State may be one of the more balanced teams in the Country boasting a solid offense and defense.
On offense, they are led by Jameis Winston who has thrown for 12 touchdown passes. But the Noles have two running backs who help take the pressure off of the Freshman quarterback in Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams who lead the 20th ranked running attack.
Florida State averages over 51 points a game but has a defense who only allows 15.0 points per game.
The Terps have some balance as well. They are led by quarterback C. J. Brown on offense, who has thrown for 7 touchdown passes and rushed for 6.
Meanwhile, the Maryland defense has only given up an average of 10.3 points a game, good for 3rd in the Country. It is a classic case of "Something has to give" in this game.
Prediction: Florida State by 6
Ball State at Virginia (Saturday, 12 noon)
The Cavaliers step outside of the conference hoping to rebound from a tough loss to Pittsburgh last week. But they are facing a 4-1 Ball State team.
Virginia will look to Kevin Parks on offense. Parks has rushed for 3 touchdowns and 294 yards on the season.
Ball State likes to throw the ball all over the field. They bring the 10th ranked passing attack into the game. Keith Wenning has put up some lofty numbers with 9 touchdown passes and 1650 yards passing.
Wenning will look to Willie Snead who already has 35 receptions for 611 yards and 4 touchdown receptions this season.
Prediction: Virginia by 2
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
Carolina looks to right the ship after giving up 55 points to East Carolina last week in a home loss. But they are facing a team with momentum in Blacksburg.
The Hokies will look for an effort from quarterback Logan Thomas, similar to last week where he managed the game nicely. They will rely on running back, Trey Edmunds to carry a load in the game. Edmunds has rushed for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns thus far this season and will look to bulk up those numbers against a defense who has struggled against the run.
Bryn Renner will lead North Carolina on offense. Renner has passed for over 1100 yards and 7 touchdowns already but will be facing a defense who has only given up 15.8 points a game.
The Tar Heels have two true weapons on offense in tight end Eric Ebrom and wide receiver Quinshad Davis. Davis has 3 touchdown receptions this year.
A loss by North Carolina would devistate their chances at a Coastal Division title.
Prediction: Virginia Tech by 3
Army at Boston College (Saturday, 1pm)
Boston College returns home after a gutsy effort against Florida State last week, that came up short. They will be facing an Army team who will run, run, run.
Andre Williams has been a work horse on offense carrying the ball for 505 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, quarterback Chase Rettig has thrown 8 touchdown passes this season.
Army is the second leading rushing team in the country with 325.4 yards per game on the ground. With two running backs who have combined for nearly 750 yards this season and 6 touchdowns, look for a huge dose on the ground once again.
Army broke a three game losing streak last week against Louisiana Tech and hope to even their record up in this game.
Boston College is looking to improve their record to 3-2 with a win.
Prediction: Boston College by 8
N.C. State at Wake Forest (Saturday, 3:30pm)
The Wolfpack could improve their chances in the Atlantic Division with a win and improve their overall record to 4-1.
Wake is hoping to better their record to 3-3 and log their first conference win.
Tanner Price has thrown 6 touchdown passes and has an impressive target in Michael Campanaro, who has racked up 429 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns for the Deacons.
N.C. State will turn to running back Matt Dayes who has 4 rushing touchdowns on the season. Pete Thomas has struggled somewhat at quarterback throwing 5 interceptions to just 1 touchdown pass but has 906 yards passing on the season.
State's defense has been solid and will look to smother a Wake team who has struggled to score. But the Deacons always seem to get up for the Wolfpack.
Prediction: Wake Forest by 3
3)Clemson at Syracuse (Saturday, 3:30pm)
The third ranked Tigers look to remain unbeaten at Syracuse on Saturday. With a huge game looming with Florida State in three weeks, the next two weeks could be trap games for Clemson.
But with Tajh Boyd running the ship, Clemson is in good hands. Boyd has thrown for 9 touchdowns and rushed for 4.
Sammy Watkins has 355 receiving yards and a couple of touchdowns, regaining his form from a couple seasons ago.
The Tigers have a stubborn defense to go with their offensive attack and will face a Syracuse team who has averaged 37.5 points per game this season.
Jerome Smith has rushed for 6 touchdowns and Christopher Clark has 3 receiving touchdowns on the season.
The Orange will face their second ranked opponent on the season in the game, after meeting Northwestern earlier in the season.
Prediction: Clemson by 17
Georgia Tech at 14)Miami (Saturday, 3:30pm)
In what could be the most interesting game of the day, Georgia Tech will look to rebound from a tough loss to Virgina Tech at home last week and strive to give the Hurricanes their first loss of the season.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 in the conference while Miami will play their first conference game.
Stephen Morris has been gimpy in his last two starts having to leave each game with an injury. He looks to bounce back against a hungry Tech team. Duke Johnson has 388 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on the season for Miami.
The Yellow Jackets feature quarterback Vad Lee who has thrown for 7 touchdowns and rushed for 3 this season. David Sims has notched 4 touchdowns and averages 5 yards per carry in the Georgia Tech spread offense.
Possibly an overlooked aspect of the Yellow Jackets team is their defense who only gives up 12.8 points per game, 8th best in the country.
Prediction: Georgia Tech by 3