Saturday, February 3, 2007

Saturday Predictions

Boston College vs Virginia Tech 1:00 Raycom/Lincoln Financial
I was shocked when Virginia Tech lost at home to NC State; and it was not even that close as they lost 11. This Hokie team is tough to figure out. Were they still celebrating that win from Sunday over Georgia Tech? Were they looking ahead to this weekend? Meanwhile, BC is trying to hang on to a second place tie in the ACC. I don't think BC has the athleticism to hang with the Hokies, so it will come down to how Seth Greenberg's club shoots the ball. I like Virginia Tech in a mild upset.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson 1:00 Raycom/Lincoln Financial
This is Georgia Tech's season. They are 2-6 in the ACC and already have losses to Wake Forest and Miami. If they want to make any kind of run at the postseason it has to start today with the team who beat them on a last second shot just a few weeks ago. The Tigers have had a week to let the Virginia debacle sit with them. This is going to be a hard fought game, but the Yellow Jackets are very tough at home. I like Georgia Tech in a squeaker.

NC State vs North Carolina 3:30 ABC
Right now, North Carolina looks unbeatable in the ACC. Starting with Georgia Tech a few weeks ago, the Tar Heels have ran through their ACC competition bringing wave after wave of talent off the bench. The Wolfpack and their home crowd will be pumped for the chance to knock off the #3 ranked Tar Heels, but I don't see it happening.

Virginia vs Miami 8:00 ESPNU
The Cavaliers are still in a state of euphoria after a come from behind, overtime win over Duke on Thursday. But they really should not be because this Virginia team is much better than people thought (myself included) and Duke is a bit overrated at #8 in the country. Dave Leito must keep his team focused and not just think Miami will roll over for them. This Hurricane team went into Maryland a few weeks ago and came out with a win. I like Virginia, but close.

Arkansas vs Kentucky 1:00 Lincoln Financial
Both teams had the week off after convincing victories last weekend. Arkansas has rebounded from a rough start to the conference season with victories over Alabama and LSU though these victories are looking less impressive each day. The East has dominated the West so far this season. Arkansas is 10-1 at home this year with the lone loss on a buzzer beater. Houston Nutt likes my Arkansas pick as well.

Florida vs Tennessee 3:00 Lincoln Financial
Joakim Noah already had a national title, all the girls (
except UCLA cheerleaders), but he came back to beat Tennessee. The Vols defeated the Gators twice last year and handed them their last home loss. Tennessee will again be without Chris Lofton, but that did not seem to bother them against Georgia - Florida is much better than Georgia. If the Gators want to, they can stomp the Vols by 20 in this game.

Vanderbilt vs Georgia 6:00 FSN
The Vanderbilt magic carpet ride continues despite a loss to Florida where they led for the entire first half. The Commodores starting this whole "beating teams better than them" after a close loss to Georgia in Athens a few weeks back. The Bulldogs did not play well against Tennessee this week and need this victory to avoid falling in the middle of the pack. Vandy has been very tough at home and I like the Commodores.

Quick and Dirty:
VT over BC
GT over Clemson
UNC over NC State
Virginia over "The U"
Arkansas over Kentucky
Florida over Tennessee
Vanderbilt over Georgia
"Quick and Dirty at its finest "

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