Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Week 10 ACC Preview

Week 10
Miami at Virginia, Noon on Raycom
Clemson at BC, 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
Duke at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN360
Florida State at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN
Bye: Maryland, UNC, NC State, Virginia Tech

This is a good week for the Hokies to have off. Obviously, there's the quarterback situation. Even with the bye week, it's looking very likely that Cory Holt will be the starter against Maryland. But, at least he has extra time to get settled in under center. The other reason is it allows the ACC craziness to continue while they watch in comfort from their own dorm rooms/apartments. You can't lose if you don't play!

If you're a fan of chaos, you're rooting for Miami and Georgia Tech this weekend.

Miami (2-2) at Virginia (3-1)

If UVa wins, it's in the drivers seat in the Coastal. If Miami wins, the division is suddenly as muddied as the Atlantic.

I think this game will tell us a lot about both teams. Miami has won three in a row, but the win over Wake doesn't look as impressive as it would have a week or so ago. The Hoos have won four in a row since losing to Duke by four touchdowns, including impressive wins against UNC and GT.

Clemson (1-3) at BC (2-2)

I actually think Clemson has a shot in this one. Bad Chris Crane reared his ugly head again the Tigers had an off week to let things calm down. You knew they wouldn't beat Georgia Tech after all the turmoil. And I think Dabo adding the Tiger Walk and emphasis on togetherness did more harm than good. He should have just let the kids play the first game and then started getting things together off the field.

Clemson needs a win to have a shot at going to a bowl. The Tigers have to go 4-1 in their last five games to do so. BC needs a win to have a shot at Tampa.

Duke (1-2) at Wake Forest (2-2)

It's a similar situation to the game above. The Devils need to win if they want to go to a bowl. Wake needs a win if it wants to keep its Tampa dreams alive.

BC and Wake can't win the Atlantic this weekend, but the two teams sure as hell can lose them.

Florida State (3-1) at Georgia Tech (3-2)

The Noles are suddenly looking like the best team in the conference. Which of course means they will lose this weekend in Atlanta. Florida State needs a win to stay in control of its own destiny while Georgia Tech needs a win to stay in the Coastal race.

The Yellow Jackets are still struggling with turnovers. They looked a lot better with Jaybo Shaw at QB and maybe they should try getting him back in there. They were a lot more efficient with him. Meanwhile, the Seminoles offense is starting to look pretty potent.

1 comment:

Winfield Featherston said...

Jaybo is slower than Nesbitt and may be fairly more accurate but his arm isn't strong enough. Also, Nesbitt is an athlete, Jaybo isn't there yet. The x factor is the offensive line. Our O-Line is Swiss Cheese. Jaybo wouldn't have been able to do anything with that either last week.