Instead of Texting Pick ‘Em: Week 7

For weeks, the Instead of Texting team had Saturday, Oct. 17, circled on its virtual calendar. It promised to be a momentous day, as Maryland and Virginia payed one of the most significant conference games of the season. Finally, we’d know definitively who the worst team in the Atlantic Coast Conference is.

But fate conspired with the Cavs and Terps. Our Bottom-Feeder Bowl has become a game with actual ramifications for the rest of the league. A Maryland win, coupled with a Wake Forest loss, would put the Terrapins atop the Atlantic Division. Virginia would remain in a virtual first-place tie atop the conference with a victory, regardless of the other Week 7 outcomes.

Meanwhile, the true tests of ACC futility lie elsewhere. Thursday night’s North Carolina-Florida State game will pit two ACC-winless teams. It’s conceivable the Seminoles and N.C. State could still be seeking their first conference victories when they meet on Halloween. We’ll have our pillow fight yet.

The top conference game this week has some national consequences. Virginia Tech visits Georgia Tech in a matchup of one-loss ACC teams. This is probably the Hokies’ last regular-season chance to bolster their BCS resume. The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, could enter the big-bowl conversation with a win today.

Elsewhere, Clemson seeks to regain a spot in the Atlantic Division race when it hosts Wake Forest. N.C. State will try to stop the bleeding in a visit to Boston College, where the Eagles are having an identity crisis. Are they the team that gave Wake its only loss or the hapless group that got drilled by Clemson and FSU?

Miami continues its break from actual competition with a trip to play Conference USA’s Central Florida. It’s a well-earned respite for the Hurricanes after their murderous season-opening stretch.

Last week, Jeremy gave back the game he gained on me in week 5. We only differ on one contest this week: Wake Forest-Clemson. I think Wake will continue separating itself from teams 6-12 in the conference standings. Jeremy expects Clemson to bring the Deacons closer to the pack.

Jimmy’s Picks (37-15) Jeremy’s Picks (33-19)
Wake Forest at Clemson Wake Forest Clemson
N.C. State at Boston College Boston College Boston College
Virginia at Maryland Virginia Virginia
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech
Miami at Central Florida Miami Miami
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