It is week number three for college football, and Armchair All-Americans takes a gander at what to look for in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Clemson vs. South Carolina State (12 pm kickoff)
Clemson has neither performed to expectations nor have they wowed anybody with their offensive production. Last week against Troy, Clemson was hoping to play multiple guys at every position and use the game as a way to clean up anything that was not working. Clearly, that did not happen. However, look for Clemson to make short work of the Bulldogs from Orangeburg. Clemson should compensate for a weak performance last week.
Florida State @ Louisville (12 pm kickoff)
This game the premiere matchup for both the ACC and the country. College Gameday is making a stop in Louisville to cover this game. This is the second ACC team that College Gameday will have covered in a row. Florida State made a historic rally against Ole Miss in Week 1, and Louisville made a very clear statement in Week 2 against Syracuse – to the tune of 800 yards of offense. The winner of this game will control their destiny in representing the ACC Atlantic in the ACC Championship game (wherever the NCAA might decide to host it). Deondre Francois and Lamar Jackson electrified the nation these last two weeks. This game has it all. Exciting quarterback play. Major ACC implications. Rankings implications. Playoff implications. Get ready. This game is going to be awesome.
Miami @ Appalachian State (12 pm kickoff)
This matchup is assuredly a pick’em game – and don’t rush to pick Miami. Brad Kaaya is a talented quarterback. But the Appalachian State team is one that took Tennessee to double overtime. Also, Michigan 2007 – never forget. Hail to the Mountaineers. This team from Boone will put up a fight and may even prove to be too much for Miami to handle. The Hurricanes are the four point favorites in this game.
Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt (12:30 kickoff)
The Commodores from Vandy travel to Atlanta as the seven point underdog. Vanderbilt has a loss to a bad South Carolina team and a win over Middle Tennessee. Georgia Tech has a scrappy win over Boston College and a convincing win over Mercer. Both teams have little yards gained and many yards allowed. It may become a defensive battle. Both teams find it difficult to move the ball and put points on the board.
Virginia @ UConn (1:30 kickoff)
UConn is the favorite in this game. Virginia is not a superb football team. Yet. Bronco Mendenhall has a proven track record and knows how to win. Unfortunately, he stepped into a situation that will need some serious love before there is any real growth. The Cavs better not be sleeping on UConn. They can very easily lose this game.
Boston College @ Virginia Tech (3:30 kickoff)
Va Tech lost an intense game against Tennessee in front of a record-breaking crowd in a massive stadium. They sputtered against Tennessee, and they will probably have some difficulties scoring against a Boston College team who always seems to have a pesky defense. Boston College rarely puts points on the board, but hang around and wear down an offense. Virginia Tech is favored to win the game by a touchdown. A pick against the spread wouldn’t be a terrible idea either, though.
North Carolina vs. James Madison (3:30 kickoff)
North Carolina should have no problem taking care of business against James Madison. Mitch Trubiski (I always want to say Mitsubishi) is a talented quarterback and has a dynamic playmaker in wide receiver Ryan Switzer to catch the ball. I like North Carolina’s chances in this football game.
Pittsburgh @ Oklahoma State (3:30 kickoff)
Pittsburgh is not getting much love for this matchup. Having to travel is always hard for a football team. But Oklahoma State is just not as good as Pittsburgh, even though the spread has Pitt as the 6 point dog. Look for James Conner to bust the Cowboys’ defense wide open. Okie State is out for blood, though. After getting hosed by the officiating crew at the end of the game and finding themselves at the losing end of an upset, Oklahoma State cannot be euphoric at the moment. This game will be close.
Syracuse vs. South Florida (3:30 kickoff)
Syracuse needs redemption. Not just from the loss against Louisville, but as a team. The Orange is 2-3 in their last five games. The manner in which they lost to Louisville has to be stinging still. Lamar Jackson ran through and around their line like it was his job. South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers can throw well and can hurt a team with his feet if he needs to. Vegas is not showing any love to Syracuse as they are a 14 point underdog to the Bulls.
NC State vs. Old Dominion (6:00 kickoff)
NC State needs a win here as bad as Syracuse. Old Dominion should be able to give them just that. NC State is a 22 point favorite to win the game, and Ryan Finley will show them exactly why. NC State will not have many wins this year. Most fans should be hoping that they are at least able to be bowl eligible. This is a must win if they want to ensure a bowl appearance.
Wake Forest vs. Delaware (6:30 kickoff)
Wake Forest will be one week removed from upsetting Duke in Durham when they host Delaware of the FCS. The good thing for Wake Forest is that nobody predicted them to win many games this year, and now they are on the way to being 3-0. Hopefully, this game can add to the momentum, and they can finally make some moves in the ACC Atlantic.
Duke vs. Northwestern (8:00 kickoff)
This is a hard game to pick. Neither team is performing to the way in which they would like. Duke just lost to Wake Forest, and Northwestern is looking for their first win this season. Daniel Jones is a reliable enough quarterback to get it done this week. But Northwestern will not go down without a fight.
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