We’ll be the first to admit that we’re surprised how some of the games turned out last weekend.
Teams we didn’t expect to step up and have a big game did just that, setting the tone for their season early.
Other teams weren’t as fortunate as we had high hopes for their season opener only to watch in disbelief how they fell in key aspects of the game and walked away with a notch in the loss column.
And that shows in our record for the 13 opening games in the ACC as we put together a pitiful 8-5 opening weekend record. Maybe its a good thing that we’re not competing against an ACC Blogger from ESPN, as it seems that feature may have gone by the wayside this year.
Let’s not cry over spilled milk too much. It’s time to dive into this week’s games and get our picks locked in.
Every game this week falls on a Saturday so no need to tune in over the course of several days to get your ACC fix.
Not a single game pits a pair of ranked teams against each other, leaving out some of the marquee magic we enjoyed last week to start the season. But we can look forward to seeing how certain teams respond to adversity and how others will continue to build on their successes.
Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente knows his team will have a challenge facing William and Mary at home after a daunting road win Monday night and a short week to prepare.
Our kids are excited to get to play at home after going on the road last week. We have a tremendous challenge in front of us. We are behind, as of right now, in preparation because of the short week, and anxious to get on the field a find a way to get our guys feeling good and knowing what to do by kickoff on Saturday.
Speaking of Florida State, head coach Willie Taggart knows the uphill battle his team is facing after the sub-par performance on Monday night.
Had a tough game on Monday. Didn’t go out and play a smart, clean game against a really good football team. Went out and really stubbed our toe there in the game with five turnovers and not being able to get in the end zone, in the red zone. A lot of teachable moments, learning mistakes, things we can get better at and will get better at. Looking forward to a game this week.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora will have his hands full when his Tarheels travel to East Carolina. The Pirates have been a thorn in the side of ACC opponents in year’s past and this year may be no different. But he won’t publicly bite on what this game means to his team and players.
I’ll be honest with you. I really just focus on the next game at hand. It’s the next game. There’s nothing more to it than we’re going to go on the road and prepare a team to get ready to play a team that’s going to be in the state of North Carolina. That’s all there is to it. There’s no more motivation needed, in my opinion.
And probably the biggest match-up in the ACC this weekend is between #2 Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. These two greats had some epic games when Jimbo coached at FSU and now they meet in an ACC/SEC contest. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney know’s he will have to have numerous options to prepare for when facing this Aggie squad.
You have to prepare for what Jimbo did at Florida State. But you don’t really know. Jimbo has got a lot of versatility in his scheme. I mean, he can be a pro set. Next thing you know he’s out there in empty. So there’s just a lot to prepare for.
It should make for a great game, without a doubt.
Let’s rip off the band-aid and take a stab at this week’s games, hoping we come out with a better spread of picks than we did last week.
Saturday, September 8th
Duke at Northwestern: Duke 31, Northwestern 27
Georgia Tech at South Florida: GaTech 41, USF 29
Towson at Wake Forest: Wake 37, Towson 12
Georgia State at NC State: NC State 47, Georgia State 17
Holy Cross at Boston College: BC 24, Holy Cross 14
William & Mary at #12 Virginia Tech: VaTech 31, W&M 12
North Carolina at East Carolina: ECU 31, UNC 19
Wagner at Syracuse: Syracuse 27, Wagner 19
Savannah State at #22 Miami: Miami 27, Savannah State 14
#2 Clemson at Texas A&M: Clemson 31, A&M 21
Indiana State at Louisville: Louisville 31, Indiana State 21
Samford at Florida State: Discussed in our Game Preview
Virginia at Indiana: Virginia 21, Indiana 17
#13 Penn State at Pittsburgh: Penn State 27, Pitt 17
Last Week’s Picks: 8-5
Year-to-Date Record: 8-5
Here’s to hoping for a great slate of games and we’ll check back in next week and hopefully not cringe at the results.
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!