Friday, November 4, 2005

Week 10 Predictions

#3 Virginia Tech (8-0) vs # 5 Miami (6-1)

Both teams come into this game with top notch defenses. The Hokies and Hurricanes together rank no lower than 9th in any one defensive category. Offensively, both teams use the running game and play action pass in a ball control scheme. Virginia Tech ranks very high in scoring offense due to their defense. Under Frank Beamer, the Hokies have scored 100 defensive TDs. Miami will rely on RB Tyrone Moss to lead their charge. The Hokies’ Marcus Vick is turning into one of the best QB’s in the nation with his crisp passing and scrambling ability. Despite, Miami’s efforts last week on Special Teams, the Hokies have a decided advantage in this category. The Hokies are +1.4 on turnover margin on the season; Miami is –0.14. This does not bode well for the Hurricanes, who have lost 7 of the last 10 in this series and the last 4 in Blacksburg.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 24 Miami 13

#8 Notre Dame (5-2) vs Tennessee (3-4)

Tennessee has been through alot this week with the upset loss against their old nemesis Steve Spurrier at home and the resignation of Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders. Philip Fulmer will call the plays in Sanders’ absence. The Fighting Irish boast one of the nation’s best offenses as QB Brady Quinn is making a case for the Heisman. Notre Dame is 5th in the nation in passing offense, 9th in total offense, and 11th in scoring offense. The Vols will counter with a strong defense, but their offense has been downright awful this year. No continuity at the QB position and missing your top tailback for the rest of the season spell doom for the Volunteers in South Bend. Notre Dame has too much firepower on offense for Tennessee to contain and despite ranking poorly on defense, Notre Dame will be able to contain an anemic Vol offense.
Prediction:Notre Dame 31 Tennessee 17

Georgia Tech (5-2) vs Wake Forest (4-5)

Wake Forest is a team most people would discount in this game, but the Demon Deacons have quietly recovered from an 0-2 start to put themselves in bowl contention. In past years, this game is a classic one for Georgia Tech to be looking beyond. Wake Forest brings in one of the nation’s best running attacks led by the school’s all-time rusher Chris Barclay. The Jacket defense is pretty stout against the run allowing a meager 103 yards per game. Georgia Tech’s offense matches up fairly evenly with the Deacon defense. The Jackets rely on the running game, but this happens to be Wake’s defensive strength. Tech’s defense has been a bend, but don’t break unit this season, who has created turnovers galore for their offense. Wake’s running game and underestimated overall talent will keep them close in this game, but Tech will squeak another one out at home.
Prediction:Georgia Tech 17 Wake Forest 14

FSU (7-1) vs NC State (3-4)

May be Chuck Amato’s last game against his old boss and FSU and NC State tangle in Tallahassee. The Pack have played FSU tough since Amato arrived in Raleigh. NC State comes into this game with one of the better defenses in the nation. Offensively, the Seminoles QB Drew Weatherford has improved as the season has progressed. FSU relies on the pass and they rack up an average of 325 yards per game through the air. FSU will be without starting tailback Leon Washington and guard John Frady for this game, putting added emphasis on the passing more than likely. NC State’s achiles heel on offense this season has been turnovers. The Wolfpack rank 113th in the nation with a minus 1.14 margin. However, with Amato’s job on the line and him playing against a system he is very familiar with, NC State should be able to keep it close with their caliber of athletes
Prediction:FSU 28 NC State 21

Arkansas (2-5) vs South Carolina (5-3)

The Gamecocks still come into this game as underdogs even after beating Tennessee on the road last week. Arkansas sports one of the best rushing attacks in the nation behind freshman Darren McFadden. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s rushing defense is giving up nearly 170 yards per game on the ground—good for 86th in the nation. Yet, South Carolina has won thier games this season because of their defense. Arkansas is at home, but Steve Spurrier is a master at exploiting the mismatch and Arkansas has plenty of them this season.
Prediction:South Carolina 27 Arkansas 21

Other ACC Games
#19 Boston College (6-2) @ North Carolina (3-4) 12:00ET JP
Duke (1-8) @ Clemson (4-4) 1:00
Temple (0-9) @ Virginia (4-3) 3:30

Other SEC Games
#17 Auburn (6-2) @ Kentucky (2-5) 1:00ET
#4 Alabama (8-0) @ Miss St (2-6) 3:30ET CBS
Appalachian State (6-2) @ #6 LSU (6-1) 8:00ET
Vanderbilt (4-4) @ #13 Florida (6-2) 7:15 ET ESPN2

1 comment:

  1. Other Games I Like:
    Texas -29 vs Baylor
    Michigan St -5 @ Purdue


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