Three Conference Games on tap in ACC, Week 4
As the college football season moves to week 4, more conference games are on tap in the ACC. Although most schools are still playing out of conference opponents. There are some intriguing games within the league. Here is a look at what's ahead this weekend:
3)Clemson at N.C. State (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.)
Two undefeated teams clash on National Television. One has looked like the 3rd ranked team in the nation while one was lucky to escape last week.
The Tigers will bring plenty of weapons to Carter-Finley Stadium in their first true road game. Tajh Boyd leads Clemson with 439 yards passing and three touchdowns while rushing for 3 touchdowns as well. Sammy Watkins looks to be back in his old form with 9 catches for 146 yards receiving and a touchdown in the two games thus far.
The Wolfpack will depend on a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Pete Thomas who has yet to throw an interception. With two running backs who have rushed over 100 yards and two receivers who have caught 12 passes, he has his share of play makers to throw at the Tigers.
Clemson enters the game off of a bye week with two weeks to prepare for the road test.
Prediction: Clemson by 17
North Carolina at Georgia Tech (Saturday, 12 noon)
Spread offense meets spread offense in this ACC Conference Game. The Yellow Jackets look to stay unbeaten while the Tar Heels look for their first road win.
The Heels will ride quarterback Bryn Renner who has racked up 533 yards passing in two games. Romar Morris has been solid paired with A.J. Blue in the backfield, scoring 2 touchdowns on the season.
The Georgia Tech spread offense has added more passing to the mix with Vad Lee running the show. Lee leads the team in passing and rushing and has accounted for 8 touchdowns in two games.
The Yellow Jackets lead the country in scoring defense to go with the 3rd ranked rushing offense which present great problems for the Tar Heels.
Prediction: Georgia Tech by 9
Pittsburgh at Duke (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.)
David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils on the right path and out to a 2-1 start on the season. Interestingly, they are underdogs at home against the Panthers.
Brandon Connette has done a solid job at quarterback for the injured Anthony Boone. He has tossed 4 touchdown passes and has a legitimate big time receiver in Jamison Crowder who has already caught 23 passes on the young season.
With both teams at 0-1 in the coastal division of the ACC, a loss would likely dig a hole too large for either to crawl out of for any chance at a spot in the ACC Championship.
Prediction: Duke by 1
NON CONFERENCE GAMES
Marshall at Virginia Tech (Saturday, 12:00 p.m.)
Both teams come into the contest at 2-1 and the Hokies have recovered nicely from their week one loss to Alabama. They will look to ride running back Trey Edmunds who has 242 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
The Thundering Herd will look to the ground as well, with a pair of running backs leading the way. Steward Butler has 282 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with Essray Taliaferro who has 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Virginia Tech by 7
Wake Forest at Army (Saturday, 12 noon)
A struggling Demon Deacons squad travels to West Point to face an Army team who will give them a steady dose of rushing. The Black Knights average 314 yards rushing, per game. Larry Dixon and Angel Santiago both have over 200 yards rushing in just three games.
Wake will counter with quarterback Tanner Price who will fill the air with footballs. Price has thrown for 720 yards passing and 4 touchdown passes.
Prediction: Wake Forest by 4
Tulane at Syracuse (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.)
The Orangemen are still looking for a win against a team in the FBS. Tulane brings a 2-1 team to Syracuse coming off of a win against Louisiana Tech.
The Green Wave have a real weapon in receiver Ryan Grant who has 348 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns on the season.
Syracuse will look for production from Jerome Smith at running back. Smith has 5 touchdowns on the season.
Prediction: Syracuse by 14
West Virginia at Maryland (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
In the most intriguing out of conference game for an ACC team, surprising Maryland looks to go to 4-0 on the season with a win over the Mountaineers.
Maryland brings dual threat quarterback C.J. Brown to battle and his early season numbers are phenomenal. Brown has thrown for 833 yards and 6 touchdowns and has rushed for 257 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Terrapins defense has been stingy and will face a West Virginia offense that features Paul Millard at quarterback. The junior has only thrown one touchdown pass on the season. Charles Sims has rushed for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year for WVU.
Prediction: Maryland by 3
VMI at Virginia (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)
The Cavs are coming off of a bye week and will look to rebound from their thumping at the hands of Oregon two weeks ago. They have struggled offensively and look to right their ship against a team who has given up over 30 points in each of their two losses on the season.
Prediction: Virginia by 40
Bethune-Cookman at 8)Florida State (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.)
The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season but should be no match for a Seminole team that features an offense that is top 5 in the country in scoring and top 10 in the nation in points against, on the defensive side of the ball. Jameis Winston is only one of many play makers on the Florida State team. Winston has thrown the ball for 570 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Prediction: Florida State by 44
Savannah State at 16)Miami (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.)
Duke Johnson and the 2-0 Canes face a 1-2 Tiger team in this match up. This game has a chance to become very ugly, very fast with Savannah State giving up 77 points to Georgia Southern in week one and 66 to Troy in Week 2. Now, they must face a Hurricanes team with a number of weapons on offense.
Prediction: Miami by 60
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