There are bad beats......and then there’s whatever the heck happened at the end of the FSU-Clemson game. Down 4 in the game’s dying seconds, the Noles tried the toss-it-around-the-yard play. The result was Clemson picking up a fumble and crossing the goal line with the ball just before his knee touched. The result was Clemson winning by 10. FSU was +9. Massive. Yikes.
That kick in the pants highlighted a 2-5 week, which leaves my season total at 34-28-1. Really, REALLY need to get back to some winning ways. It’s been a minute.
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Virginia Tech at Boston College; UNDER 50.5 points. These two teams have struggled recently on offense. I’m surprised this one isn’t in the 40s. I hate unders, but I’ll take my chances on a lower scoring game here.
Wake Forest at UNC; OVER 76.5. Yeah, I hate going over on high numbers, but lordy, these teams are going to score early, score often, and score some more in between. Miami and UNC produced a 45-42 score in Chapel Hill; UVA and UNC posted 59-39. Those cleared this number by flying colors. Why won’t the best offense in the ACC do better than that???
Pittsburgh (-21) at Duke. U-G-L-Y. They ain’t got no alibi. This is going to get ugly. Pitt needs to win to stay in first place in the Coastal, and they’re looking to bounce back from a tough loss to UM. Duke is putrid. Kenny Pickett and the Pitt offense should be able to call their shot on offense while the defense puts the brakes on the Blue Devils. This smells like a trouncing to me.
Georgia Tech at Miami (-10). Sigh.....ok, Canes. I’m putting faith in you this one time to do more than eek out a conference win. If you are in ANY WAY FOR REAL, you will beat this Georgia Tech team by 3+ scores. I say they get it done (I think; I hope).
Penn State (-10) at Maryland. Penn State gave Ohio State all it could handle last week, while Maryland is a pushover, last week’s win over Indiana notwithstanding. The defense shuts down the Terps, while the offense gets into the 27-33 point range and covers.
Tennessee (pick) at Kentucky. Last week’s game against Mississippi State might have shown some warts on both sides of the ball for Kentucky. Tennessee leaves their defense on the field way, way too long, but their offense is still productive and will be on Saturday night.
NC State (-2.5) at FSU. The Noles have been plucky the past several weeks, showing their mettle in a come from ahead loss to Clemson last week. However, they get a good NC State team that can chuck it around the yard, can run it, and has a solid defense. The Pack win and cover here.