Here are The Confidential’s football predictions for this week’s games featuring ACC teams:
ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Virginia Tech (11-1) v Clemson (9-3)
There is no compelling reason to pick Clemson here. After clinching the spot in this game, Clemson has gone on cruise control–only to be destroyed by a mediocre North Carolina State and handled by a decent, but not great, South Carolina team. Granted, Clemson beat Virginia Tech on the road. But that was a long time ago. Since then, Virginia Tech has been rolling, while Clemson has been struggling. Even Clemson’s wins down the stretch were of a questionable ilk. In contrast, Virginia Tech dominated Virginia. There are playmakers for both teams, but Virginia Tech’s just have that much more oomph, including ACC Player of the Year David Wilson. Prediction: Virginia Tech 27- Clemson 20.
BONUS GAME: Future ACC Member Syracuse (5-6) at Future ACC Member Pittsburgh (5-6):
Major bowl implications here. And, by major, I mean that the winner becomes bowl eligible and might get selected to a bowl game that is played next Wednesday or something. For the Big East, it is just pleasing that this is not their Championship Game. No 6-6 team will ever get a BCS bid out of the Big East. 7-5? Possible. Stay tuned for Louisville. Anyway, both of these teams are limping right now… Syracuse more so than Pittsburgh. Both teams have demonstrated anemic offenses, despite seasoned quarterbacks. Smart money says to go with Pittsburgh in a low scoring affair. Therefore, the prediction is Syracuse 33-Pittsburgh 30.
The Confidential apologizes in advance for not picking your team. Feel free to share why we are wrong.