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This Week in ACC Football: Week 12

Will last week’s upsets over Clemson, VaTech, and UNC carry over or have those top-tier programs had the wake-up call they needed and are focused heading into the final two weeks of the regular season?

This Week in ACC Football: Week 12

Please raise your hand if you saw the number of upsets in the ACC (or the Top 5 for that matter) happen last week?

Anyone?  Bueller?  Didn’t think so.

It definitely took a hit on our weekly picks to see Clemson, UNC, and VaTech all drop on the same weekend.  And while it didn’t drastically change the layout of the respective divisional races it did greatly lessen the margin of error these teams have if they want to punch their ticket to the ACC Championship Game next month.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney likes the response he’s seen in his team since their loss to Pitt and in preparation for traveling to Wake Forest this weekend.

“Coach Clawson has done a fantastic job. They’re 6-4, and have competed and played everybody very, very tough. So it’s going to be a big challenge, but we’re looking forward to being able to get back out there and play again. Whenever you lose a game, you can’t wait to go play again. So I like the response from our guys this week, and looking forward to the trip up there and see if we can find a way to win,” stated coach Swinney on this week’s ACC Football Coaches Teleconference.

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson is excited for the challenge in taking on a top tier opponent at home, as he stated in the teleconference yesterday: “We’re looking forward to get back home this week and play one of the very best teams in the country in Clemson. They’re having another outstanding year, explosive on offense, very athletic and talented on defense, and it will be another great challenge for us two weeks in a row of playing one of the very best teams in the country.”

As it stands right now Clemson is still in the driver seat in the Atlantic Division and can punch their ticket to the conference championship game with a win on Saturday.  But if they lose then Louisville will claim the division title and punch their ticket to Orlando to face the Coastal Division champs.

On the flip side both Virginia Tech and UNC are 5-2 in conference play and both are playing non-conference foes this weekend.  Currently the Hokies hold the head-to-head tiebreaker but that division won’t be decided until next weekend when both teams play their in-state rivals.

So not only will bragging rights be on the line but a potential trip to Orlando as well.

And if last weekend taught us anything is that any team can win on any given Saturday (or Thursday).

On to this week’s picks, where I hope we can bounce back after a rough 4-3 record that slips our season record below 70%.

Thursday, November 17th
#5 Louisville squeaks by Houston 41-31

Saturday, November 19th
Georgia Tech over Virginia 31-21
Miami barely gets by NC State 24-20
UConn tops Boston College 37-24
Pitt over Duke 34-20
UNC rebounds against The Citadel 37-21
VaTech eases by Notre Dame 28-20
#17 FSU rolls over Syracuse 41-17
#4 Clemson tops Wake Forest 41-27

Last Week: 4-3 (57.143%)
Overall Record: 65-29 (69.149%)

I’ve pulled ahead of ESPN’s Matt Fortuna after the dust settled in last week’s upset-fest.  Here’s to hoping for a complete sweep this weekend!

  • Shanker: 71-23
  • Adelson: 69-25
  • Hale: 68-26
  • Fortuna: 64-30

Don’t forget to sign-up for our weekly ESPN Pick ‘Em challenge.  Top entry at the end of the season will get a cash prize!

We’ll see you all on the flip-side and hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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