Last week’s picks definitely took a major hit. Congrats to the Old Dominion Monarchs on breaking Las Vegas and pulling an amazing upset over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
With losses to Purdue and Old Dominion the conference took a small hit to their “street cred” for out-of-conference games. Luckily NC State, Syracuse, Duke, Miami, and FSU took care of business.
No offense to the Demon Deacons but their loss to Notre Dame is an acceptable loss, and was expected. So it doesn’t really do any damage to the ACC’s football reputation.
There are a couple big story lines for the Week 5 slate of games.
To start with Clemson has lost their veteran QB Kelly Bryant, who decided to transfer after coach Swinney did not select him to be the starter in this weekend’s game against Syracuse. As you can imagine that was the hot topic on this week’s ACC Football Coaches Teleconference.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had this to say before any questions could come his way for a statement.
“[We’re] saddened and disappointed that he’s chosen to leave the team, but I really have absolutely nothing bad that I can say about Kelly Bryant. He’s one of the best young people I’ve ever been around, and even though I don’t think this is a great decision, I certainly respect it, and it doesn’t change anything that I feel for Kelly. I love him, care about him. I wish him nothing but the best, and, again, sad that he has made this decision.”
There were no other topics thrown at coach Swinney for comment during yesterday’s teleconference, not surprisingly. Time will tell how this affects the mentality of the team as Syracuse is no team to sleep on. Just ask FSU. Saturday will show if Trevor is up to the task of leading this team the remainder of the season.
This contest is slated for a noon ET kickoff on ABC.
The other big story line coming out of the ACC will be the biggest non-conference match-up of the weekend as Pitt (2-2) travels to #13 UCF (3-0).
Pitt’s head coach Pat Narduzzi knows the challenge his team will be facing, especially having to rebound from their close loss to UNC last week.
“[They’re] an electric football team that’s got a lot of speed, a lot of toughness. They play with an attitude. Josh Heupel has got them rolling, and we’re in preparations now and getting ready to head down there in a couple days.”
Don’t expect the streak of wins that UCF is piling up to come to a halt this weekend against Pitt. The contest may start out close but could get out of hand in a hurry if the Panthers aren’t careful.
This contest is slated for a 3:30pm ET kickoff on ESPNU.
Lastly our favorite team to cover will include a match-up against the Louisville Cardinals.
It’s no secret the rocky start that head coach Willie Taggart and the Seminoles have had this season.
The win against NIU last week did start to point the program in the right direction and this weekend’s road game will be another litmus test to gauge just how far the team has progressed.
We’re sure that the Seminole Nation is thankful that they won’t see Lamar Jackson lining up against the Seminoles this weekend, but don’t count out this Cardinals offense without their stud QB under center.
Both teams are looking for their first conference win and trying to correct shaky starts to their 2018 season.
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino knows there is work to be done after last week’s loss to the Cavaliers.
“We’re coming off of a very disappointing loss at Virginia, one where we didn’t feel like we played the way we’re capable of playing, particularly on offense, so we’ve got a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to fix. We’ve got to start moving the ball and get the ball in the end zone and score points.”
On the flip side FSU head coach Willie Taggart knows what it would mean to get a win against a team that has owned this Noles squad the past couple of seasons.
“Had a good week of practice so far this week, back to conference play against a good football team, well-coached by Coach Petrino, and a team that’s beaten us the last two years, so our guys know what we’re up against on the road. It’s going to be a challenge for us, but it’s a challenge that we’re up for and looking forward to.”
This contest is slated for a 3:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN2.
After going 7-4 last week we really hope we’ve gotten our “bad weekend” out of our system and can attain our perfect weekend. Time will tell but here’s our picks for this weekend’s match-ups.
Thursday, September 27th
Saturday, September 29th
Last Week’s Picks: 7-4
Year-to-Date Record: 33-13 (71.74%)
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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