After a perfect week 7 (sure, all those byes in the ACC helped), it’s time to move along to this week’s seven games …
* Virginia Tech at Clemson (Noon, ABC/ESPN2): Tigers 38-17. Not to make this too complex, but Clemson mauled the Hokies twice last season. Rationally, there isn’t much reason for a more vulnerable Virginia Tech bunch to do noticeably better in Death Valley this season.
* Wake Forest at Virginia (12:30, ACC Network): Demon Deacons 20-17. A vital game for the bowl hopes of both reeling teams, and really not much more than that. Virginia’s regression was obvious a week ago, especially with regard to self-inflicted mistakes. Whoever wins, don’t expect an instant classic.
* Boston College at Georgia Tech (3, CSN+): Yellow Jackets 45-31. Al Groh is gone from the Yellow Jackets’ program. Soon to depart is a three-game losing streak as the Frank Spaziani farewell tour makes another stop.
* N.C. State at Maryland (3:30, ESPNU): Wolfpack 20-10. N.C. State has dropped 16 straight division road games, but if ever there was time to snag one it would be coming off a bye against a struggling offensive team. Don’t look for a ton of scoring in this one as N.C. State seeks its first victory in College Park since 2004.
* Indiana at Navy (3:30, CBS Sports Network): Midshipmen 31-27. Navy needs to copy its blueprint from last week, when it dominated time of possession and kept a potent Central Michigan passing attack in check. Indiana, though, doesn’t care all that much about milking the clock. It should be a fun contrast of styles in Annapolis.
* North Carolina at Duke (7, ESPNU): Tar Heels 38-28. Duke has won the Victory Bell once in the teams’ last 22 meetings, though this promises to be more entertaining than many recent meetings. It’s the first time Duke and Carolina have played before November since 1943, a scheduling quirk the ACC would be wise to avoid going forward.
* Florida State at Miami (8, ABC): Seminoles 48-17. The Hurricanes will likely go with Ryan Williams, a backup quarterback who stepped in last week for Stephen Morris in the latter stages of a loss to North Carolina. Williams is making his first Miami start. Florida State is ranked in the top six nationally in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense. This could get ugly – maybe not Florida State-Boston College ugly, but close enough.
Week 7 record: 5-0 (4-0 conference)
Overall record: 50-15 (8-7 conference)
ACC record: 46-13 (11-7 conference)
Preseason ACC record: 43-16 (10-9 conference)
Navy record: 4-2
Preseason Week 8 picks changed: Florida State-Miami