ACC Picks Week 14
My breakdown for the SEC vs ACC games are the same as the SEC Picks, so if you have already read them you can skip down. There isn’t many big games outside of two games, the Florida at Florida State game and Georgia Tech at Georgia. Both games have huge implications and should be very good games.
Florida will be playing for Will Muschamp in his final game as the Gators head coach and they will try to halt Florida State’s undefeated season. Florida has done a great job of running the ball lately and especially in the Georgia game earlier this month. Florida State has struggled to stop the run this season, if the Gators expect to compete in this game they will have to control the running game. I think that Florida’s defense can stop Jameis Winston and to be honest the Gators defense is the best Florida State has faced this season. If the Seminoles play like they have in recent weeks, this game might get out of hand like the Georgia game. I’ve picked against Florida State a lot this season because I don’t think they’re a great team. I expect big games out of Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor to have big games leading the Gators to a victory in Tallahassee.
Georgia is still on the outside looking in for the playoffs and it would take a miracle for the Bulldogs to sneak in there. Georgia knows there is nothing they can do about their division race. With that being said they will need to take care of business against Georgia Tech, who is already in their conference championship game. Like the Arkansas and Missouri game, this game will feature a lot of the ground game. The Bulldogs are currently averaging 260 yards per game which is 13th in the country. They did lose Todd Gurley for the season a few weeks back and will have to rely on freshman sensation Nick Chubb. Chubb has been great this season with 1,152 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. The Bulldogs held Auburn, who is known for their powerful offense, to just seven points two weeks ago. Georgia’s defense is ranked 18th in the country allowing just over 20 points per game, but they have struggled at times this season. Georgia has not lost at home this season. Georgia Tech has won four straight, since losing two straight to Duke and Miami. The Yellow Jackets are averaging almost 328 yards per game, which is somehow just fourth in the country. They run an option offense and teams have struggled to stop their attack. Georgia Tech is averaging around 38 points per game and are coming off a bye week, while Georgia played Charleston Southern last week. I think this game will be a high scoring one and don’t be surprised if the two teams run for over 700 yards combined. I got Georgia pulling this game out based on home field advantage, but it will be a close game.
17 Virginia at Virginia Tech 13
17 Kentucky at #22 Louisville 34
21 South Carolina at #21 Clemson 31
35 #16 Georgia Tech at #9 Georgia 38
17 Syracuse at Boston College 28
31 North Carolina State at North Carolina 37
31 Florida at #3 Florida State 20
16 Wake Forest at Duke 45
13 Pittsburgh at Miami (FL) 24