Week Nine: ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

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By now, most people familiar with ACC football must be thinking this is kind of like last year. You wouldn’t be too far off track. Instead of Syracuse in the Top 25, it’s Wake Forest. Instead of Pitt heading toward a Coastal Division title, it’s Virginia. Certainly, things couldn’t go any further into the alternate universe (a euphemism) when it comes to conference football, could it? Time to examine week nine of ACC Nation Pigskin Picks.

Well, sure it could. One peek at the latest football polls and you will find a disturbing trend. There’s one team that hasn’t lost a game that is slipping in the AP Top 25. Other polls and opinion pieces are bumping said team down to No. 6 by the time the CFP rankings come out. That’s without a loss, mind you.

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Now, to be fair some of these articles also have another previous national champion level team getting bumped down several notches to make room for Ohio State and LSU. That may be in part because of the loss of their starting quarterback. College football. Stay tuned.

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ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

Fearless ForecastersGame(s) (pick in bold)Record
Will Ojanen
Miami @ Pitt
Syracuse @ Florida State
Virginia @ Louisville
Duke @ North Carolina
Boston College @ Clemson
Notre Dame @ Michigan
56-18
Xayveon
Miami @ Pitt
Syracuse @ Florida State
Virginia @ Louisville
Duke @ North Carolina
Boston College @ Clemson
Notre Dame @ Michigan
45-29
Jim Quist
Miami @ Pitt
Syracuse @ Florida State
Virginia @ Louisville
Duke @ North Carolina
Boston College @ Clemson
Notre Dame @ Michigan
55-19
Chris Bond
Miami @ Pitt
Syracuse @ Florida State
Virginia @ Louisville
Duke @ North Carolina
Boston College @ Clemson
Notre Dame @ Michigan
53-21

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In week eight Chris went out on a limb and came up short with 5 bad picks which dropped him into third place.

Will continues to plug away and holds a one game lead over Jim. That’s not likely to change this week as both have identical picks.

Will, Xayveon and Jim are all going in the same direction so our odd duck out is Chris who goes against the grain in one game. Chris picks against the Seminoles in their match-up with Syracuse.

The Games – Week Nine

There are six games on the ACC Nation schedule in week nine with only a few making our ‘must watch’ list.

  • Virginia at Louisville
  • Duke at North Carolina
  • Notre Dame at Michigan

Before we get to our thoughts on these games we’ll examine the others.

There are two things about this first game that make it a ‘prove it’ match-up. Miami is looking for some kind of a bounce back this week after the debacle against Georgia Tech. It’s simply a pride game. If the Canes can recover with a win it would go a long way to bolstering this program.

For Pitt, a win keeps them in the conversation for the Coastal Division. It’s also an opportunity to demonstrate that they can deliver on a consistent basis. The Panthers wishy-washy performance record needs to go away. Pat Narduzzi needs to get some consistency out of this squad.


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The absolute epitome of inconsistency is found in the next two teams. Syracuse travels to Florida State where hopefully one or other decide they’ll play for pride and leave it all on the field. As a fan there’s nothing worse than having your team play with your loyalty. Up one week and down the other. Who will prove that they know how to play with heart?

Boston College heads to Death Valley where the assumption is that Clemson will roll to a big win. The picks this week seem to reflect that same idea. But, what if…..? We’re not seeing anything here to indicate the Eagles pull off an upset unless Clemson literally implodes. Keep your eyes on A.J. Dillon and how effective the Tigers defense is against the run.

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Virginia seems to have made the necessary corrections and produced a respectable win over Duke in week eight. Louisville gave Clemson a first half run for their money. This is where the rubber hits the road for both teams. The Cardinals are hungry and they’ve come to realize they are a worthy opponent. Will the Cavaliers arrive famished and look to feast on Louisville?

Watch out, if the Cardinals run up the score early Virginia could be in trouble. Can the Cavaliers turn the tables and then let their defense take them home? How this game plays out in the first half may send us back to watch the Clemson-Louisville tape.


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There are plenty of things that say the Duke-North Carolina game will be close. But, (sorry Blue Devils fans) the other side of the argument clearly puts the Tar Heels in the driver’s seat. The emotional side of this game will be the deciding factor. Who wants it more? The loss can be redeemed on the basketball court.

These big Mid-West football match-ups, well, there’s nothing quite like them. The problem being in recent years that the teams just haven’t been all that good. This year’s Notre Dame-Michigan game should deliver on several fronts. We think this has the potential to be closer than anticipated. Don’t get us wrong, there’s no way Michigan pulls off an upset. It’s just that the Wolverines only lost to No. 6 Penn State by a touchdown and may be looking for a revenge type of win. Keep your eye on the score if you’re not watching and be prepared to switch channels.

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