A Miami rally and an OT win by Pitt were all that kept me from back-to-back perfect weekends.
No use in crying over spilled milk at this point. Just time to hunker down and press on to another week of ACC Football.
With an even lighter slate of games on the schedule than last week there won’t be a whole lot to discuss. There are still a couple ranked opponents looking to further their dreams of a playoff spot, however.
The Pitt Panthers travel to South Bend on Saturday to take on the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish. Coming in at 3-3 on the season there’s no surprise that Vegas has Notre Dame favored by 21 pts in this contest. Pitt will have their hands full in making this game interesting for the full 60-minutes and head coach Patt Narduzzi and his team fully realize this.
“We face I think our third top-10 football team in Notre Dame, the best of all three. Talent wise maybe the best in the country. They’re big, they’re tall, they’re fast.”
In all honesty this game may be close for the first handful of series but don’t be surprised to see Notre Dame start to pull away just before the end of the first half.
Another big game on the slate this weekend is #16 Miami traveling to Virginia. How will the Hurricanes respond to a “mediocre” game after the emotionally thrilling rally against Florida State last weekend?
Miami head coach Mark Richt knows just how big that rally was against the Seminoles and what it could mean for his team’s mentality this season.
“Most people know that was the greatest comeback in the history of the series, being down 20 and coming back and winning it has never happened in the history of that series.”
On the flip side Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall knows just how good Miami’s defense is but there is a way to keep them out of rhythm.
“A lot of their turnovers come by hitting the quarterback or forcing early throws and interceptions. If you can keep them off balance, it gives you a better chance.”
If the Cavs studied what worked for FSU to build that big lead over Miami then the Hurricanes could find themselves in another “rally cry” situation. Especially if Miami hasn’t come off the high of last week’s win.
Time to pull the trigger and take a look at the slate of games for this week and make our picks. Hopefully we can rebound with a solid weekend but time will tell. How do you see this slate of games turning out?
Saturday, October 13th
Last Week’s Picks: 4-2
Year-to-Date Record: 46-15 (75.41%)
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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