As is often the case with the holiday season, the last weekend of regular season ACC football seems a little anti-climactic.
Clemson clinched a spot in the conference title game last week, joining Georgia Tech for a rematch of their highly competitive game from week 2. Georgia Tech won the first half of that game, 24-0. Clemson took the second half, 27-6. The comeback wasn’t enough in a contest we’ll be revisiting next week.
Tech and Clemson take two final stabs at defending the ACC’s honor this week. The Yellow Jackets host nemesis Georgia, while Clemson travels to Columbia to play arch-rival South Carolina.
Elsewhere, the intraconference games largely match bottom- and middle-feeders. Duke and Wake Forest will meet in a matchup of two of the conference’s most prolific quarterbacks, eighth-year seniors Riley Skinner and Thaddeus Lewis. Maybe it only seems as though they’ve been playing college football that long.
Boston College seeks its second road win against Maryland.Virginia Tech seems likely to give Al Groh a rousing sendoff in what will probably be his last game coaching Virginia. Miami plays at South Florida in what may be the best matchup of the weekend.
Finally, we have the rotting husks of two rivalries: North Carolina plays at N.C. State, while Florida State travels to Gainesville to play Florida.
Closer to home, my lead in the IoT season standings is officially insurmountable. Jeremy and I differ on two games this week; sweeping them would only get Jeremy to within three games of me. I’d like to thank Boston College for nailing this one down for me by mailing in the Carolina game last week. At this time (midday) next week (Dec. 4), I’ll be getting ready to eat a steak in New York, courtesy of Jeremy. Or, chicken on a stick from a street vendor. Depends on my mood.
|Jimmy’s Picks (63-24)||Jeremy’s Picks (58-29)|
|Clemson at South Carolina||Clemson||South Carolina|
at N.C. State
|North Carolina||North Carolina|
|Wake Forest at Duke||Duke||Duke|
|Florida State at Florida||Florida||Florida|
|Virginia Tech at Virginia||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|Georgia at Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
|Miami at South Florida||Miami||South Florida|
|Boston College at Maryland||Boston College||Boston College|