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The picks: Week 13

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Zipping through the last week of the ACC regular season …

* Georgia Tech at Georgia (Noon, ESPN): Bulldogs 38-20. The Yellow Jackets have done well to salvage their season, winning four of five to secure bowl eligibility. It’s probably a bit much, though, to expect a victory in Athens against the SEC East champions.

* Virginia at Virginia Tech (Noon, ESPNU): Hokies 28-21. A victory will extend – or prolong, given your point of view about this Virginia Tech bunch – the season for Frank Beamer’s team. As disappointing as the 5-6 Hokies have been, it would be especially miserable to surrender the Commonwealth Cup as well.

* Miami at Duke (12:30, ACC Network): Blue Devils 31-24. You can’t help but to wonder how the Hurricanes handle news of their self-imposed bowl ban. Last year, Miami effectively rolled over in its finale with nothing on the line. Meanwhile, Duke is eager to secure a winning season even before it gets to its bowl game.

* Boston College at N.C. State (3, ESPN3): Wolfpack 35-17. The end of the line comes for Boston College coach Frank Spaziani against his old boss, while N.C. State effectively secures first-in-line status among ACC bowl teams after Florida State and Clemson.

* Maryland at North Carolina (3, CSN): Tar Heels 38-7. Both teams close out the season at Kenan Stadium, with Maryland’s linebacker-at-quarterback-by-necessity situation finally coming to an end.

* Florida at Florida State (3:30, ABC): Seminoles 20-7. If Florida State does win, it will give Seminoles fans even more reason to wonder just what the heck happened in the second half of that loss to N.C. State.

* Vanderbilt at Wake Forest (3:30, ESPNU): Commodores 42-14. Vanderbilt can secure its first eight-win season since 1982 and close the regular season on a six-game winning streak with a victory in the Dash. Hats off to former Maryland assistant James Franklin on the job he’s done in Nashville. Wake needs the victory to become bowl eligible for the second straight year.

* South Carolina at Clemson (7, ESPN): Tigers 35-31. No one in the ACC – not even Florida State – has played so well as consistently as Clemson. The Tigers could close out a regular season worthy of a BCS bid and also avoid only the second four-game skid to the Gamecocks in the in-state series’ history (1951-54).

Week 12 record: 8-0 (5-0 conference)
Overall record: 75-24 (30-14 conference)
ACC record: 67-21 (30-14 conference)
Preseason ACC record: 65-23 (29-15 conference)
Navy record: 8-3

Week 13 preseason picks changed: South Carolina-Clemson.

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