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How long did it take you to catch your breath after that whirlwind second half of the FSU/Miami game?

It was definitely an instant classic.

What started as a possible route by Florida State turned into a thrilling come-from-behind victory for the Noles.

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And for those of you that missed it?  We’ll have both the highlights and the condensed game posted before for your viewing pleasure.

Game Highlights

Condensed Game

Let’s jump right into a couple games that are high on our radar this weekend.

#10 Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0) vs Clemson (7-3, 5-2) Preview

Why Wake Forest Will Win

Everything is still there for Wake Forest.

With the win over NC State, a spot in the ACC Championship can be locked in with a win this week, or a win over Boston College next week. But there’s more than that. Win out, and at 12-1 the pressure would be on to make the College Football Playoff committee not take a one-loss Power Five conference champion – it has only happened once.

The firepower is every Clemson wish it had.

It doesn’t matter who the Demon Deacons are rolling against, the attack is putting up 400 yards with ease, and it hit 600 yards in three straight games before NC State. Clemson’s defense might be fantastic, but even with a 44-7 win over UConn last week the offense still can’t run all that well and the passing attack hit 300 yards for the first time.

No, the Wake Forest defense isn’t anything great, but any sort of lead might be too much for this Tiger offense to deal with.

But …

Why Clemson Will Win

The Clemson defense really is that good.

The pass rush and defensive front is the best Wake Forest has faced, Pitt was only able to crank up 27 points even though the passing game worked, and more than anything, the defensive backs are in place to hang with the dangerous Demon Deacon receiving corps that keeps getting deep.

But it’s about the pressure. The idea is to get the ball out of the hands of QB Sam Hartman early, but he likes to hit the deep shot. Clemson’s pass rush should have a say in that.

What’s Going To Happen

By the way, if Clemson wins this it’s in the ACC Championship if Wake Forest loses to Boston College next week and with an NC State loss to either Syracuse or North Carolina. But …

Just how much do you believe in the Clemson defense?

The offense really, really can’t consistently move, but the Wake Forest defense has allowed over 500 yards in five of the last seven games and gave up 482 to NC State last week.

No, Clemson isn’t going to suddenly bust out, but it’ll get just physical enough up front to finally take control of a game – at least a little bit. Wake Forest will hit a few deep shots, but not enough of them to overcome the steady pounding.

Yes, Clemson will finally start generating a few third down conversions.

Broadcast Info

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ESPN

Florida State (4-6, 3-4) vs Boston College (6-4, 2-4) Preview

Why Florida State Will Win

Florida State should be able to run for over 200 yards.

Yes, BC didn’t face a slew of high-powered passing teams – it didn’t play Pitt or Wake Forest – in ACC play, but it allowed over 210 rushing yards in four of the last six games and lost three of them.

Florida State keeps on fighting, and it can get bowl eligible by winning this and taking down Florida – not as crazy a thought as it seemed a few weeks ago – and it happens on the ground. Sort of.

Boston College doesn’t do a lot to get into the backfield – the Florida State offensive line should catch a bit of a break – but it’s not just about the rushing attack lately.

Jordan Travis threw for 274 yards against Miami last week, hitting on a slew of deep plays to keep up the momentum from a good run in the middle of the season.

Why Boston College Will Win

Now that’s how it’s supposed to work.

It took a week to get back up to speed, but the Boston College passing game clicked in with Phil Jurkovec throwing for over 300 yards in the 41-30 win over Georgia Tech. Now the team is bowl eligible, and it can go for trying for one of the better games.

The pass defense continues to be strong – statistically, it helps to play Syracuse, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech – and now it gets a Florida State team that’s been better through the air, but has to run to win.

The Noles are 0-3 when failing to get to 100 yards and 1-5 when not running for 205 or more. Yes, Boston College has allowed a ton of rushing yards lately, but again, that was about playing teams that didn’t throw a ton.

What’s Going To Happen

As we speak, it’s around 80 in Tallahassee, Florida. It’s supposed to be in the low 40s in Chestnut Hill on Saturday.

Florida State might be playing better, but Jurkovec is making a big difference for a Boston College team that’s finally starting to score again.

The Eagles will pull this off, but to keep with the theme of the of the season, Florida State will play another interesting game.

Broadcast Info

Date: Saturday, November 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
How To Watch: ACC Network

Now on to our weekly picks.

Let’s see if our unbelievable fortune for perfection last week carries over to this weekend.

Without further ado here’s our Week 12 picks:

Thursday, November 18th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Duke vs LouisvilleLOU 38, DUKE 21

Saturday, November 20th

Match-UpOur Prediction
Clemson vs #10 Wake ForestCLEM 38, WAKE 34
Boston College vs Florida StateFSU 31, BC 27
North Carolina vs WoffordUNC 54, WOF 17
#8 Notre Dame vs Georgia TechND 45, GT 27
#18 Pittsburgh vs VirginiaPITT 31, UVA 14
#20 NC State vs SyracuseNCST 28, SYR 12
Miami vs Virginia TechMIA 31, VT 20

Last Week’s Picks: 8-0

Year-to-Date Record: 64-30 (68.09%)

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great slate of games and we’ll check back in next week and hopefully not cringe at the results.

And if you missed it, check out our latest episode of the “Laces Out” series here.

If you’ve signed up for our weekly ESPN College Pick ‘Em challenge then don’t forget to get your picks locked in.  Top entry at the end of the season will get a nominal cash prize!

Information for this post was obtained from College Football News.

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Raised to bleed Garnet and Gold, Mike’s first passion will always be Florida State football. Though he does enjoy watching just about any sporting event if given the opportunity.

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