It’s week five of the college football season and here are predictions for each ACC game.
In week five of the college football season, 13 of 14 ACC teams are in action with Virginia having the lone bye week. Out of those 13 teams, 10 of those teams are playing in-conference games. Without further adieu here are predictions for each ACC game of week five. For the Georgia Tech vs North Carolina prediction, check back tomorrow in the gameday preview.
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#14 Miami (FL) at Duke:
This one should be a close game throughout and could very well go down to the wire. Ultimately, the game should be decided in the battle between Miami’s offense and Duke defense. The Blue Devils have four games under their belt and have shown some strong consistency. For Miami, Duke will be their biggest test so far this season. Duke will get their revenge tonight for their loss in 2015.
Duke 27 – Miami 24
Rice at Pittsburgh: 12:00 pm
The Panthers are looking to finally get on track this season and going up against a weak Rice team may be their best shot for the rest of the season. Look for a potential breakout game from the Panthers offense against the Owls.
Pittsburgh 35 – Rice 13
Syracuse at North Carolina State: 12:20 pm
Both these teams showed some might last week as the Wolfpack knocked off Florida State and the Orange gave LSU a scare. This has a chance to be a good and well-played game but it’s hard to see the Orange be able to have enough huge week on the road. It could be close but the Wolfpack are looking to show that they are a contender in the ACC.
NC State 33 – Syracuse 17
Central Michigan at Boston College: 1:00 pm
This is a potential “trap” game for Boston College as the Chippewas are a pretty solid team overall. They defeated one power-five team already this season and if the Eagles aren’t ready, they could be the second. No matter how well Boston College’s defense plays it won’t matter if their offense continues to sputter. Chippewas will get their second power five victory of the season.
Central Michigan 23 – Boston College 16
Murray State at Louisville: 3:30 pm
There’s not much to be said about this game. Louisville should give their fans a distraction for a few hours on Saturday but if the Cardinals find a way to lose this game, the university might as well just shut down at that point. That being said, the Cardinals should dominate this game from start to finish and could very well win by 50+ points.
Louisville 61 – Murray State 10
Florida State at Wake Forest: 3:30 pm
Wake Forest could earn a huge win on Saturday but it will be a tough one, to say the least. That being said, Florida State has enough of a veteran presence to know that their game against Wake Foret is a must win. The Demon Deacons will try all they can to pull out a win but the Seminoles will find their way to victory.
Florida State: 30 – Wake Forest: 20
#2 Clemson at #12 Virginia Tech: 8:00 pm
The Hokies are as strong as ever in recent memory but this Clemson team seems to be on a whole other level. The Hokies should keep the game rather close for a while but the Tigers should pull away in the late 3rd or early 4th quarter. The Hokies will need a huge game out of Josh Jackson if they hope to pull off an upset.
Clemson 38 – Virginia Tech 24