Week Two: ACC Nation Pigskin Picks

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As week two of college football gets underway don’t expect any of the dust from the previous week to settle. There are quite a few games that carry substantial weight across the country. We don’t have to look much further than the ACC for one or two. First things first as we take a quick look back to get an idea of where we’re headed.

Before the guys throw on their tin foil caps and sit in the corner we’ll look at a few of their picks and overall records.

What games provided the miscues in Week One? For the most part they stand out like a sore thumbs. No more so than for coaches, players and especially fans.

Game 1 – Florida State/Boise State. This game had everything except for a win for the Seminoles. The threat of a hurricane moving the game from Jacksonville. An offensive collapse in the second half. Willie Taggart exhorting his staff to do a better job of hydrating players.


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Admittedly, Florida State held much promise going into this season. Bad apples were tossed, adjustments made and the team (on paper) screamed, ‘we’ve returned’. For a half everyone believed and then?


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Game 2 – Virginia Tech/Boston College. Those in the know said this would be a game of points. We weren’t disappointed. It was the messy nature of the game we could have done without. The Hokies aren’t quite back yet and the Eagles are a team to contend with. That’s our take.


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Game 3 – North Carolina/South Carolina. Even if you are a die-hard hater of all things Tar Heels you must admit beating an SEC team has a certain ‘tastiness’ to it. It may be another year before Chapel Hill becomes a threat to win a division title but sleep not on Mack Brown’s men in Carolina Blue. The fun has just begun.

This Week’s Picks

Fearless ForecastersGame(s) (pick in bold)Record
Will Ojanen
William & Mary @ Virginia
Wake Forest @ Rice
Ohio @ Pitt
ODU @ Virginia Tech
Syracuse @ Maryland
WCU @ NC State
S. Florida @ Georgia Tech
Texas A&M @ Clemson
Richmond @ Boston College
LA-Monroe @ Florida State
NC A&T @ Duke
E. Kentucky @ Louisville
Miami @ North Carolina
8-3
Xayveon
William & Mary @ Virginia
Wake Forest @ Rice
Ohio @ Pitt
ODU @ Virginia Tech
Syracuse @ Maryland
WCU @ NC State
S. Florida @ Georgia Tech
Texas A&M @ Clemson
Richmond @ Boston College
LA-Monroe @ Florida State
NC A&T @ Duke
E. Kentucky @ Louisville
Miami @ North Carolina
7-4
Jim Quist
William & Mary @ Virginia
Wake Forest @ Rice
Ohio @ Pitt
ODU @ Virginia Tech
Syracuse @ Maryland
WCU @ NC State
S. Florida @ Georgia Tech
Texas A&M @ Clemson
Richmond @ Boston College
LA-Monroe @ Florida State
NC A&T @ Duke
E. Kentucky @ Louisville
Miami @ North Carolina
9-2
Chris Bond
William & Mary @ Virginia
Wake Forest @ Rice
Ohio @ Pitt
ODU @ Virginia Tech
Syracuse @ Maryland
WCU @ NC State
S. Florida @ Georgia Tech
Texas A&M @ Clemson
Richmond @ Boston College
LA-Monroe @ Florida State
NC A&T @ Duke
E. Kentucky @ Louisville
Miami @ North Carolina
8-3

Contrarians

Where to begin? The first pick that goes against the grain (at least among this group) comes from Will. The Syracuse/Maryland game offers up a clear challenge to the Orange and one that will/or will not prove their chops. At the conclusion of this game we’ll know whether they are deserving of their ranking in the AP Top 25 and the ACC Nation Power Poll.

The second against the grain pick comes from Xayveon who goes all in on Old Dominion knocking off Virginia Tech. This may be more of a personal preference pick so we’ll leave it at that. Should the Monarchs knock off the Hokies for the second year in a row we’ll never hear the end of it.


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Next up on our list we find a split with Will and Xayveon going with Southern Florida and Jim and Chris picking Georgia Tech. Neither team had a particularly good open to their season. Oddsmakers are giving a slight (emphasis on slight) nod to the Bulls. Jim and Chris believe home field advantage may be one of several factors to bring Geoff Collins his first win.

The final match up, Miami/North Carolina finds Chris out on an island. Again, this might be more of a personal preference thing. If the Tar Heels pull off what the other three consider to be an upset Mr. Bond will still be crowing about his pick a decade from now.


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