I’m getting this out there early this week because I’ll be heading up to Blacksburg soon for the Hokies game tonight and I won’t be online much tomorrow, but this weekend doesn’t appear to be all that exciting and a lot of teams are playing out the string
(Thurs) Florida State @ Virginia Tech #FSUvsVT – ESPN (XM 85 :: SIRIUS 85) – 7:30 p.m. ET
Miami @ Virginia #MIAvsUVA – ABC (XM 192 :: SIRIUS 136) – 12:00 p.m. ET
Georgia Tech @ North Carolina #GTvsUNC – ACC Network (XM 190 :: SIRIUS 123) – 12:30 p.m. ET
Wake Forest @ NC State #WAKEvsNCSU – RSN (XM 191 :: SIRIUS 132) – 3:00 p.m. ET
Maryland @ Clemson #MDvsCLEM – ESPNU (XM 192 :: SIRIUS 136) – 3:30 p.m. ET
Notre Dame @ Boston College #NDvsBC – ABC (XM 194 :: SIRIUS 113) – 8:00 p.m. ET
FSU/VT – A game near & dear to my heart, but it’s not likely to turn out well for the Hokies this year. VT is a double digit home underdog for the first time since 2001 (Miami) and based on recent performances, do not show any signs of keeping this one close. Looking at the Hokies with the most positive of views one could argue that if they eliminated the red zone mistakes on offense and tightened up on special teams, a win could be had… but when those problems persist all season, it’s not an aberration, it’s a pattern. A pattern that won’t be broken tonight.
GT/UNC – The first of two local home games this weekend finds the disappointing Yellow Jackets visiting Chapel Hill. They got off the schnide last week against a Maryland team with a LB for a QB, but a win’s a win. UNC will need this one if they want a chance to claim a asterisked Coastal title. Due to GT being so terrible on D, UNC should be able to score and this game will come down to how the Heels handle the GT triple option.
Wake/NCSU – The seat is getting really warm in Raleigh as the Pack tries to right the ship. An Atlantic title is unlikely at this point, but TOB is going to need to rally the troops to insure that he keeps his job next year and gets the Pack to a decent bowl game this season. Wake is Wake… they could make a game of this, but really, NCSU has to win, don’t they?
The rest of the ACC slate has Miami visiting UVa (yawn), Maryland headed to slaughter at Clemson, and Notre Dame taking on BC in a Catholic showdown. No out of conference games this week *wink wink*
Duke gets a bye so they can prepare to finish up against GT & Miami, as they keep their hopes alive for their first ACC title since 1989.
Who do you have winning all the games this weekend? Are there going to be any upsets?