ACC Football Predictions for Thanksgiving Weekend 2012
The Confidential’s football predictions for this week’s games featuring ACC teams. Not sure whether there should be analysis of Louisville or UConn…. ha ha ha. Anyway, last week the Confidential went 6-2, improving the overall record to a respectable 78-30. On to the week 13 predictions:
Friday, November 23, 2012
Syracuse (6-5) @ Temple (4-6), 11:00 a.m. You’ll have to stop your Black Friday shopping a bit early to catch this one. Syracuse showed that its football is definitely on the upswing with a win on the road against Missouri, who was itself desperate for a win. The Orange are banged up and this is Temple’s final game of the season. An upset would not be shocking, but the Confidential will lean toward the ‘Cuse keeping the momentum going. Prediction: Syracuse 33, Temple 21.
Saturday November 24, 2012
Georgia Tech (6-5) @ #3 Georgia (10-1), 12:00 p.m. Maybe rivalry week allows teams to throw out the records. But it is hard to really feel like Georgia Tech can win this game. They have been playing a bit better lately. Still, this one has a chance to get ugly. Prediction: Georgia 30, Georgia Tech 17.
Virginia (4-7) @ Virginia Tech (5-6), 12:00 p.m. As much as the Hokies have struggled all year, they are one win away from a bowl. Virginia is an enigma still–no idea which version of the team will show up from week-to-week. The Hokies have home field advantage, which has to be worth something. Prediction: Virginia Tech 21, Virginia 17.
#21 Rutgers (9-1) @ Pittsburgh (4-6), 12:00 p.m. This has been a great week for Rutgers and a 10th win would just be the icing on the cake. Pitt must win to have a chance at a bowl. No matter what happens, Rutgers gets to play Louisville for the BCS bowl berth next week, so perhaps the Scarlet Knights will come out flat. Upset special here. Prediction: Pittsburgh 24, Rutgers 20.
Miami (6-5) @ Duke (6-5), 12:30 p.m. The Blue Devils have been coasting. Miami has been another hard team to figure out. With the Hurricanes pulling the plug on the post-season, it will be interesting to see whether they show up. If Al Golden can get them motivated, Miami should win. For Duke, this game presents the opportunity to regain some much needed momentum. Prediction: Miami 31 , Duke 28.
Maryland (4-7) @ North Carolina (7-4), 3:00 p.m. The only thing more surprising than Maryland leaving the ACC is the lack of anyone really caring. Somewhat odd, really. The Terps should have rivalries after all these years, but seemingly do not. For Randy Edsall, a win here would be a great way to celebrate the offseason. For the Tar Heels, bowl ineligibility means that this is their last chance to play football for several months. Prediction: North Carolina 30, Maryland 10.
Boston College (2-9) @ North Carolina State (6-5), 3:00 p.m. Well, another version of the Tom O’Brien Bowl. Give credit to Boston College, they have played tough two weeks in a row. A coaching change is inevitable, but the team has not quit at all. An upset to send the coaching staff off would be a great way to finish the season. The Wolfpack could really use another win though. If they can’t beat BC…. well, do you really deserve a bowl? Prediction: North Carolina State 24, Boston College 20.
Vanderbilt (7-4) @ Wake Forest (5-6), 3:30 p.m. The Demon Deacons are desperate for a win to get bowl eligible. Vanderbilt has its bowl game locked up. Another reason for Vandy to be comfortable is that they are coming off the high of beating Tennessee. Badly. At the same time, Wake Forest has been as unimpressive as possible in getting to 5 wins. It’s just hard to envision Wake pulling this one out. Prediction: Vanderbilt 24, Wake Forest 17.
#6 Florida (10-1) @ #10 Florida State (10-1), 3:30 p.m. The game of the week–two top 10 teams battling to see who gets to 10-1. Florida has now been impressive in his recent cupcake wins. Florida State has been only slightly better. Neither team is peaking right now. If the Seminoles want to be considered “back,” this is a game that they have to win. In a pure homerism pick, the Confidential thinks it will happen. Prediction: Florida State 28, Florida 21.
#13 South Carolina (9-2) @ #12 Clemson (10-1), 7:00 p.m. The ACC regular season finale ends with a bang, as Clemson looks to avenge its disappointing loss to the Gamecocks last year. This Clemson team has been scoring at will of late. Unfortunately, last week the Tigers allowed North Carolina State to pretty much do the same thing. South Carolina has to be licking its chops. Homerism prevails again here. Prediction: Clemson 35, South Carolina 24.
The Confidential apologizes in advance for not picking your team. A lot of close games here. Feel free to share why we are wrong.