We had a rather decent showing in our picks last week, with only a couple misses. Glad to see the teams lived up to our expectations, for the most part.
On to Week 3 where the slate of games is dwindling due to Hurricane Florence making landfall on the eastern seaboard.
It is a comfort that the conference made the decision to cancel some games as well as bump up the kick-off time for the BC/Wake Forest match-up tomorrow night.
Because of that, Miami and Clemson are the only ranked teams to see action this weekend. The rest of the games will have minor television appeal outside of their respective fanbase.
One of the better match-ups of the weekend will be between the Eagles and Demon Deacons tomorrow night.
Both teams playing in their first conference game of the season after dispatching their first two opponents with relative ease, minus Tulane forcing Wake Forest to get the win in overtime in Week 1.
Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson knows just how hot his opposition has been of late and will make sure to have his team ready for a sixty minute battle tomorrow night.
“Boston College as a team and a program presents a great challenge to us. They’ve been one of the hottest teams in the ACC over the last second half of last season and this year.”
But don’t let the hype fool you. Boston College’s head coach Steve Addazio won’t let his Eagles underestimate the Deacs, who have been known to pull off several upset wins over the years.
“We’re looking forward to heading down and playing our game against Wake Forest. They have a fine football team. Obviously very, very talented, very good coaching staff, very well-coached, put together. Great respect for their program.”
It should be a great match-up as both teams are looking to get a leg-up in the divisional race.
The best out-of-conference match-up sees the Duke Blue Devils face off against the Baylor Bears of the Big 12. While neither team is considered a juggernaut they can still put together some impressive drives and turn this into an entertaining contest.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe knows the challenge the Bears will bring and to respect the talent his team will be facing on Saturday.
“This Baylor team is balanced, play a great kicking game, got good talent there. They have the ability and a lot of people on defense that are chasing the ball and running to the ball. Then offensively a lot of play-makers.”
It is definitely one of our more difficult games to pick this week. Almost a toss-up.
And what to do about the Seminoles? They head north, away from any natural disasters, to face divisional-foe Syracuse in a noon ET match-up.
The Orange had a rough going in Week 1 winning a shootout over Western Michigan then dominated Wagner last week but the Noles will bring a different kind of challenge.
Syracuse head coach Dino Babers knows just how talented the Noles and what kind of challenge they will bring.
“We know we’re going to have our hands full. Florida State is very, very talented, and we all know what kind of coach Coach Taggart is. He’s one of the hottest coaches in the country, and the reason is because they do a fantastic job.”
On the flip side FSU is still looking to find its rhythm after a .500 start to the season.
FSU head coach Willie Taggart knows his team is still working on finding its technique and hopes to come out with a better start earlier in the game on Saturday.
“I’d like for our guys not to be as passive as we were early in the game and being better technique wise on the deep ball. I thought from a technical standpoint we wasn’t good at all, and we’ve got to be better. We worked on it quite a bit this week, and I look forward to our guys going out and improving.”
This game will definitely help dictate the type of season FSU can expect to have as they look to climb their way out of the basement with a divisional win.
So without further ado, here’s our picks for Week 3.
Thursday, September 13th
Saturday, September 15th
Last Week’s Picks: 12-2
Season-to-Date Record: 20-7 (74.07%)
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.
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