Anyone honestly call the Cavaliers putting the defensive shutdown on the Hurricanes last week?
No one? Bueller?
Neither did we, hence the one pick that ruined another perfectly good weekend for us. It just would have been much sweeter had it happened the weekend before.
We won’t dwell on that too much as a loss to Miami should be celebrated regardless of who caused it.
Let’s jump into a pair of games that should help tell the tale of where the programs seem to be headed into the final full month of the regular season.
#3 Clemson vs #16 North Carolina State
The Tigers still have their sites on winning the Atlantic Division, ACC, and cementing a spot in the College Football Championship Playoffs. And why shouldn’t they? This is one of the most complete teams in the nation and will be tough to give them their first loss.
The Wolfpack may be just the team to do that as they come in without a blemish on their record and set to face off against their toughest competition of the season.
What more can you ask for between a pair of Atlantic Division foes, both undefeated, and one of them is celebrating their Homecoming.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren knows what it would mean for his defense to step up early and keep the Tigers in check.
“Obviously want to be able to put them away. Try to make it a four-quarter game, make the key plays at the key moments. You have two teams that are battling, I know that. It means a lot to both programs.”
On the flip side Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney knows that NC State will once again come into Death Valley firing on full cylinders ready to give his team 60 minutes of grit.
“There’s not a lot of room for error. I don’t doubt Saturday will be another very competitive game. They’re 5-0, we’re 6-0 and division rivals and both want the same things. Just think both teams will put their best foot forward.”
It’s sure to be an epic battle but one we see Clemson making a key stop late to pull away big time in the fourth quarter.
Florida State vs Wake Forest
FSU is coming off a bye week after an emotional 1-point loss to longtime rival Miami. This team is still searching for an identity under Taggart’s first year as head coach. Will a visit from the Deacs be just what they need to regain some footing and finish the season strong?
FSU head coach Willie Taggart knows his D-line and secondary will have their hands full against a stout Wake Forest running game on Saturday.
“We have to get our guys to the ball when they do run the football. That’s something they do and they do it well. We’ve got to get guys to wrap up.”
Wake Forest is also coming off a bye week and is eager to get back to playing football. Are they coming into a hostile environment at Doak Campbell?
Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson isn’t underestimating this Seminoles squad one bit.
“They beat Northern Illinois, then beat Louisville, really should have beaten Miami, had them beat.”
He knows the Noles can be a lethal foe if everything is working for them. But that can be said of any team.
Look for this to be another close game for FSU but they find a way to pull it all together in the end.
Saturday, October 20th
Last Week’s Picks: 4-1
Year-to-Date Record: 50-16 (75.76%)
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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