Week Eight: ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

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It’s time for some scrapping in ACC college football. Week eight rolls out a schedule of games guaranteed to stir up some dust in the conference. The action gets underway in just a few hours as Pitt travels to the Dome to take on Syracuse. That’s right, Friday Night Lights and an opportunity for the Panthers to move up in the Coastal Division race. There’s an opportunity for the Orange as well. Not to slip further in the standings and be in contention for the 2019 cellar dweller.

In reality, it’s a shot for Pitt to demonstrate some consistency. Pat Narduzzi’s group has had some incredible games along the way against top flight competition. If this team wants to be taken seriously, well, they’ll have to shut down the Syracuse offense and roll over their defense. A repeat of last week’s NC State-Syracuse score for Pitt would be like a pin to a balloon for the season.

As the saying goes, there’s no D in Syracuse but there’d better be against Pitt if Dino Babers hopes to pull off a win. There’s been plenty of Dungey vs DeVito comparisons as of late. No doubt, there’s plenty of differences but that could all change at any moment if the Cuse offense can get their rear in gear.


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There are plenty of games on Saturday to hold your attention throughout the day. The folks over at ABC are banking on the Clemson at Louisville game to generate some buzz. The Tigers put the hammer down last week on Florida State and the Cardinals came at Wake Forest like a buzz saw.

We’ll get into the rest of the schedule and share some thoughts after taking a look at the week eight pigskin picks.

Week Eight

ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

Fearless ForecastersGame(s) (pick in bold)Record
Will Ojanen
Pitt @ Syracuse
Georgia Tech @ Miami
Clemson @ Louisville
NC State @ Boston College
Duke @ Virginia
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
Florida State @ Wake Forest
52-15
Xayveon
Pitt @ Syracuse
Georgia Tech @ Miami
Clemson @ Louisville
NC State @ Boston College
Duke @ Virginia
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
Florida State @ Wake Forest
41-26
Jim Quist
Pitt @ Syracuse
Georgia Tech @ Miami
Clemson @ Louisville
NC State @ Boston College
Duke @ Virginia
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
Florida State @ Wake Forest
50-17
Chris Bond
Pitt @ Syracuse
Georgia Tech @ Miami
Clemson @ Louisville
NC State @ Boston College
Duke @ Virginia
North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
Florida State @ Wake Forest
51-16

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College Football Saturday

Saturday’s schedule kicks off with Georgia Tech in Miami (televised on ACC Network) at noon. The key word in this game is, evolve. We’ll see if Manny Diaz can continue to cajole good performances out of his team and play to a higher level. Geoff Collins continues to help the beleaguered Yellow Jackets find their way, yes, evolve if you will into a team. On the face of it there might not be much to get excited about here (unless you’re a fan) but we think it’s worth keeping an eye on. Why? There are some individual efforts that will stand out.

Last week we would have thought the Clemson-Louisville game might be a trap for the Tigers. Not so much after a few days, serious caffeine and watching tape. We don’t think that the Cardinals are anywhere near this level (upper tier) in their journey. That doesn’t mean they can’t give Dabo Swinney a moment of pucker or two along the way. If that occurs, if you thought his yelling at a kicker was fun, well, keep watching. This is a game with possibilities so make sure it’s on your schedule.


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The third ‘noon-er’ involves NC State and Boston College. Both teams are struggling a bit and in ways we’d never would have imagined earlier in the season. The Wolfpack are on the downside of a personnel build by Dave Doeren. Meanwhile in Boston, we’re not sure what’s going on especially with an offense that’s loaded with potential. Maybe an bye week will do the trick for Steve Addazio and company. Any further slippage by the Eagles definitely puts coach on more than a warm seat in our opinion.

Mid-Afternoon Rumbles

The first 3:30pm game has Duke travelling to Virginia. The Blue Devils are popping and frankly, flying under the radar. On the other side, the Cavaliers bottomed out against Miami and need to find some answers. This won’t be an easy game for either team. Duke is leading the Coastal, Virginia is on their heels. Speaking of Heels, North Carolina is third in that race. It’s a must win for both teams. Period.

Now, back to North Carolina. The Tar Heels head to Blacksburg to take on the Hokies in what promises to be a fun rumble at Lane Stadium in week eight. Virginia Tech had to fight back to get a win over Rhode Island and are still searching hard for the magic. The start may have been found with Hooker at quarterback.

As for Mack Brown and the Heels, they’ve had a rest, some re-adjustments and time to prep for Justin Fuente and Bud Foster. If this team can come within mere feet of winning against Clemson (don’t argue) they can certainly give the Hokies a run. We’re all in when it comes to AC/DC but there’s got to be more for the fans than a few minutes of Enter Sandman.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday Night’s Alright

Since we’re digging into the dustbin for music (Enter Sandman 1991) why not go back three years before Florida State’s Willie Taggart was born (1976). We’ll throw some Elton John into the mix for fun. Speaking of fun, the Seminoles and Demon Deacons will churn up the waters in Winston-Salem Saturday night. Everyone hopes this isn’t a repeat (length-wise) of last week’s game but we’ll take a fight to the finish.

Dave Clawson will need to get Wake Forest’s defense in gear to stymie the Seminoles potential. On offense, if Wake can repeat the insanity they showed against Louisville this game should be in the bag. Oh, did we just jinx this whole thing? Stay tuned and find out.


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