To start off with our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by Hurricane Florence last weekend. If there’s anything you can do to help assist the victims we urge you to reach out.
With no major storms looming we should have a full slate of games to enjoy this upcoming weekend, including a handful of notable match-ups.
Let’s dive into a the match-up in Tallahassee first before discussing the other major games.
The honeymoon may be all-but-over for the Seminole Nation as this high-powered offense promised by new head coach Willie Taggart is having difficulty gaining traction in the Sunshine State.
GoFundMe campaigns have even started cropping up looking to buyout his contract.
But what people don’t understand is the process it takes to implement a new system. The results, for the most part, don’t show themselves overnight.
Coach Taggart said it best in yesterday’s ACC Football Coaches Teleconference.
“I think the world we live in, this great game of football, we all want things right now, including myself. But I think we all got to understand that sometimes they don’t come our way, but we got to find answers and stay the course. The strange thing about it, you never know what it’s going to click for you, all take off.”
This NIU team is known to give opposing teams fits so we’ll see just how well they’ve prepared for Saturday’s game and if the loss to Syracuse has any lasting effects.
Next up is Wake Forest who welcomes in a very tough opponent when the #8 Fighting Irish come to Winston-Salem, NC.
Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson knows his team will have an uphill battle this weekend.
“They’re undefeated. They’re playing really well on defense. They have yet to give up over 17 points. Offensively they’ve got a great O-line, an experienced quarterback, and really good skill. So we’re excited to be home again on a nationally televised game, but it’ll be a great challenge against a very well-coached and good football team.”
No doubt this will be a real test for the Deacs on how they can overcome that loss to Boston College last weekend.
Lastly the biggest conference match-up comes when #3 Clemson travels to Atlanta to take on an underappreciated Georgia Tech team.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows his team has lofty goals for the season and this weekend’s contest will be the cornerstone in that foundation.
“We know for us to achieve our next goal, which is to win the division, we’re going to have to play well on the road in this conference as we start this eight-game stretch coming up in conference play.”
On the flip side Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson knows the hurdles his team has faced this season and is looking to correct those issues sooner rather than later.
“The first couple games have been frustrating. The second game we played a good South Florida team on the road. Special teams and defense we weren’t very good. The last game, the first half, we didn’t bother to show up offensively. We were horrendous. We dug ourselves such a hole. We won the second half 19-3. We dug such a hole, we couldn’t get out of it.”
Clemson will provide a great measuring stick to see how his team responds to last week’s loss to Pitt.
That being said let’s jump into our picks for the week. We’re hoping to finally pull off a perfect weekend.
Saturday, September 22nd
Last Week’s Picks: 6-2
Year-to-Date Record: 26-9 (74.29%)
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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