ACC Football Week 7 Predictions

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 Georgia Tech football takes on Miami but there are plenty of other interesting matchups in the ACC this weekend.

Friday – 7:00 pm (ESPN): #2 Clemson Tigers (6-0) at Syracuse Orange (3-3)

The Tigers will keep their winning ways rolling on Friday night as they travel to upstate New York. The Orange have been impressive over the last few weeks but The Tigers present a whole new challenge for Dino Babers young team. There are bright days ahead for Syracuse but Friday night could get ugly fast for the Orange.

Saturday – 12:00 pm (ESPN2): Florida State Seminoles (1-3) at Duke Blue Devils (4-2)

Florida State is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Miami while Duke fell at the hands of the Virginia Cavaliers. Both teams know that they’re season could slowly slip away if they’re not careful this weekend. That being said, the Seminoles are the more talented team and despite the loss, looked decent against Miami. Duke will be able to put up some points on Saturday but not nearly enough to beat the Seminoles.

Saturday – 12:00 pm (CHSS): #20 North Carolina State (5-1) at Pittsburgh Panthers (2-4)

The Wolfpack dropped their season opener to South Carolina but have been on fire since then including two top-25 victories. On the other side is the Pittsburgh Panthers who have been an absolute dumpster fire in 2017, to say the least. Their lone victories of the season have come against Youngstown State and Rice. The Wolfpack should dominate this game from start to finish as they move closer to their showdown against Clemson.

Saturday – 12:20 pm: Boston College Eagles (2-4) at Louisville Cardinals (4-2)

The Cardinals are coming off a loss to N.C State and are in reality eliminated from the Atlantic divisional race, which has to be disappointing for Bob Petrino, Lamar Jackson, and the rest of the Louisville team. Boston College is coming off a loss to Virginia Tech where they defense proved to be a quality defense once again but their offense continues to hold them back. On Saturday, it should be all Louisville in what should be a game that the Cardinals take out their anger out on.

Saturday – 3:30 pm (CHSS): Virginia Cavaliers (4-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-5)

Virginia is off to a surprising 4-1 start this season and in week seven they face a depleted North Carolina team that has lost 16 players to season-ending injuries. Last week, the Cavaliers got a big win over Duke while the Tar Heels fell to Notre Dame. Virginia’s defense is playing as expected so far this season while the offense has certainly defied expectations. The Cavaliers should win on Saturday and move themselves to one win away from being bowl eligible which would be quite the turnaround for Bronco Mendenhall in his second year in Charlottesville.

Saturday – 3:30 pm (ABC): Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) at #11 Miami Hurricanes (4-0)

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a bye week and are rather healthy while the Hurricanes are coming off an emotional win over Florida State. The Hurricanes are also dealing with a few important injuries. Taquon Marshall will need a big game if the Yellow Jackets are going to pull off the upset. Miami will be able to move the ball better than opposing teams the last three weeks but the Jackets offense has been near impossible to stop as long as they don’t turnover the ball. The Jackets will pull off the upset tomorrow and hand the Hurricane their first loss.