The Atlantic Coastal Conference had a few close last week with one “upset” in the Miami Florida State game, depending on what team you were rooting for. Hopefully, they’ll give us that excitement again in Week seven.

We were all pretty close in picks for week six. Check out our picks for this week.

Clemson at Syracuse (7 p.m. Oct 13)

Shaquira Speaks: Clemson“Definitely going with the Tigers in this game. Even though they had a close game against Wake Forest last week, they’ll get a small breather with the Orange. We know that that had a little to do with quarterback Kelly Bryant going down as well. Here’s a little bit more about the matchup.

Chandler Beard: Clemson“I called an upset last week over Clemson because I believe they get upset at least once this season. It isn’t going to come this week though. The Tigers are going to cruise to an easy victory.”

Manus Clancy: Clemson“The Tigers won last years contest 54-0. Deon Cain had a breakout game in the Carrier Dome the year before. Expect a similar result, and a Clemson victory. The rest of their schedule is fairly light.

Sam Tschida: Clemson 38-17 – “Syracuse has an average defense and an average offense, and Eric Dungy could keep the Orange in the game for a few quarters, but Clemson eventually pulls away, even if Kelly Bryant isn’t at 100 percent.”

Logan Qualk: Clemson“Clemson wins, no questions asked. I know they’re coming off a pretty poor performance at Wake, but I think they might be a tad bit angry, so they’ll talk it out on the Orangemen. Should be a blowout.”

Florida State at Duke (12 p.m)

Speaks: Florida State – “FSU will bounce back from the late game loss to Miami last week with this “easy” opponent. James Blackman should make little to no mistakes on Saturday.”

Beard: Duke“Without (Deondre) Francois, the Noles have been struggling this year. I believe we will continue to see them struggle this week as the Blue Devils will hand them another L in Durham.”

Clancy: Florida State “Duke started hot, but lost it’s last two games. Florida State is having a rare down year for the program. Both teams need a win. Duke hasn’t been able to score and FSU has some elite talent on defense. Seminoles win on the road.”

Tschida: Florida State 31-17 – “I think Duke will go into the half tied for FSU or only down by a few points, but Florida State should get rolling in the second half and win comfortably. Look for a big game by the Seminole D-line, they will be all over Daniel Jones. Here’s what to watch for.

Qualk: Florida State“A Florida State loss might end in some coaches losing their jobs. Also, Florida State is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Hurricanes last week, which I think might be the difference maker with Duke struggling on both sides of the ball. Miami smoked Duke earlier this season, and I think the Seminoles will follow suit with a victory this weekend at Duke.”

No. 20 NC State at Pittsburgh (12 p.m)

Speaks: NC State“NC State has climbed up the ranks this season in the ACC and in national conversation. They’re lightyears ahead of the Panthers defense and offense.”

Beard: NC State“This game is between the two worst passing defenses in the ACC without a doubt. Which is why I believe this is going to be an offensive shootout. NC State will come away with a win.”

Clancy: NC State“NC State has been playing like one of the best teams in the ACC. Pittsburgh has fallen apart this season when facing good football teams. This meeting could spell disaster for the Panthers.”

Tschida: NC State 41-21 – “No matter who starts for Pitt, I don’t see them beating the Wolfpack. NC State’s defense is still very good, and Bradley Chubb will have a field day on Max Browne/ Den DiNucci/ Chandler Beard’s preseason predictions. Expect a few big plays given up by the State secondary though.”

Qualk: NC State“NC is looking to move up the College Football rankings this week against Pitt. NC State looks very strong on both sides of the ball, plus they’re coming off a very momentous victory over Louisville last week. I am going with NC state to have a fairly comfortable W this weekend.”

Boston College at Louisville (12:20 p.m.)

Speaks: Louisville“I mean, its Louisville and Boston College. Boston held Clemson to a close game until the fourth quarter. Might be the same for this game but Louisville will come out on top.”

Beard: Louisville“Boston College has been nothing less than horrible this year. Sitting at 2-4 with their only two wins coming against Central Michigan and Northern Illinois, I believe they will fall to 2-5 and are going to get absolutely manhandled by Lamar Jackson.”

Clancy: Louisville“Lamar Jackson versus Harold Landry will be a very exciting matchup. Besides that, I expect the Cardinals to get back on track with a win against the Eagles.”

Tschida: Louisville 31-17 – “BC’s defense is still good, and if football games were only three quarters, they’d be ranked tops in the country. Sadly for Eagles fans, games are three quarters, and teams tend to pour it on once the defense gets tired. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson may have trouble on defense, but last year’s Heisman winner will do enough on offense for a Cards win.”

Qualk: Louisville“Louisville needs a confidence W, and I think this is the matchup for them to get there. Lamar Jackson is going to be looking to show people why he won the Heisman Trophy last year, so I am going with Louisville to get it done this weekend at home.”

Virginia at UNC (3:30 p.m)

Speaks: UNC“Im just going for the upset in this one. A flap of a butterfly’s wings at the right time might be what is the difference maker in this game.”

Beard: Virginia“UNC is in a rebuilding stage right now and they aren’t going to beat anyone left on their schedule besides Western Carolina. Virginia will win this game and they will win it pretty easily too.”

Clancy: Virginia“North Carolina has won the last seven head to head matchups with Virginia. This year, that streak will be broken. The Tar Heels have fallen to 1-5 on the season. The Cavaliers are hitting their stride, sitting at 4-1 with wins over Boise State and Duke. Virginia leaves Chapel Hill with the W.”

Tschida: Virginia 38-21 – “The Tar Heels are not good, and it makes me sad. Virginia, on the other hand, could further put themselves into the Coastal Conversation (I’m trademarking that) with a big win. Look for UVA running back Jordan Ellis to have a huge game against a bad UNC rush defense that allows 241 yards per game on the ground. My man Kurt Benkurt will once again play well, and I’m taking the Hoos big.”

Qualk: Virginia“Virginia should get the win this weekend against a clearly struggling Tar Heel team.”

Georgia Tech at Miami (3:30 p.m)

Speaks: Georgia Tech“A week off may be a good thing for the Yellow Jackets seeing that they’re meeting up with a Miami defense that was kept on the field for a long time against Florida State. That triple option is going to be killer in this game.”

Beard: Miami“Containing Georgia Tech’s triple option offense is impossible, however, Miami will limit it. Malik Rosier is going to come up clutch in a game winning drive for the second week straight, I’m calling it.”

Clancy: Georgia Tech“This will be the best ACC game of the week. Miami is fighting for a spot in the top ten, Georgia Tech is close to breaking into the top-25. Miami is undefeated, the Yellow Jackets want a statement victory. I think Miami’s offense will be slowed by the loss of leading rusher Mark Walton to injury. Just slow enough for Georgia Tech to escape with a close win.”

Tschida: Miami 27 24 – “This is the definition of a trap game, aside from the fact that it’s a home. The Canes are coming off a huge win against Florida State and now are in the playoff conversation. Miami had trouble stopping the run last week, and playing the Georgia Tech rushing attack is just “assignment football” as Jon Gruden likes to say, which does not bode well for the Canes. Toss up, but I’ll take Miami.”

Qualk: Miami“This is easily the best ACC matchup of Week seven. Miami is looking very solid coming off their emotional win last weekend vs. the Seminoles, but they are missing some key players, such as Mark Walton and Ahmmon Richards. Miami is on upset alert, so let’s see how they handle that tricky Georgia Tech offense this week. I am sticking with the undefeated Miami Hurricanes to take the W at home. Here’s what to watch for.


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