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The picks: Week 7

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It’s been an ugly couple of weeks in trying to figure out both Navy and the ACC.

The Midshipmen manage nothing against San Jose State … then rally past Air Force for a riveting victory.

Florida State looks like a national title contender … then doesn’t bother to come out for the second half against N.C. State.

Virginia Tech … well, the less said there, the better.

And what about Boston College losing on the banks of the Hudson? Yikes, Frank Spaziani.

With a third of the ACC on the bye, the schedule is a bit lighter than usual. Let’s get to them after an unremarkable 4-4 outing last week.

* Navy at Central Michigan (Friday, 8, ESPN2): Midshipmen 35-27. Central Michigan ranks 114th nationally in rushing defense, which bodes well for Navy as freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds makes his first career start. A win evens Navy’s record after a 1-3 start.

* Duke at Virginia Tech (12:30, ACC Network):  Hokies 24-20. If the Blue Devils win, it will truly mean the world of ACC football has turned upside down. It will also make them bowl-eligible. Which, when you think about it, really means the same as turning the world of ACC football upside down.

* North Carolina at Miami (2:30, ESPNU): Tar Heels 21-6. No, no, no. Just kidding. The pick is Carolina 38-35. But any chance to reference Butch Davis’ favorite area code in a game featuring the two college programs he’s led must be taken advantage of.

* Maryland at Virginia (3, CSN): Terrapins 21-13. The road team has won five of six in the series, and Virginia just looks lost at this point. A win would give Maryland its first 2-0 start in league play since 2001 – and this one would be even more improbable than that early surge in Ralph Friedgen’s first year.

* Boston College at Florida State (5:30, ESPN2):  Seminoles 42-17. Florida State isn’t going to follow up its crushing loss to N.C. State with one of its patented home no-shows, is it? Don’t count on it, especially against a Boston College team that can’t seem to stop anyone.

Week 6 record: 4-4 (3-2 conference)
Overall record: 45-15 (8-7 conference)
ACC record: 42-13 (8-7 conference)
Preseason ACC record: 41-14 (8-7 conference)
Navy record: 3-2

Preseason Week 7 picks changed: North Carolina-Miami, Maryland-Virginia

Patrick Stevens

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