Time for the weekly picks after splitting six games a week ago. All games Saturday unless otherwise noted …
* Virginia Tech at Miami (Thursday, 7:30, ESPN): Hokies 31-28. Both teams are 4-4. Both teams have two division losses. And whoever wins tonight controls their own destiny in reaching the ACC title game. Folks, that’s the 2012 Coastal Division for you. Virginia Tech’s Thursday night mojo probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, though neither does Miami’s grand history. Truly a tossup game.
* Georgia Tech at Maryland (12:30, ACC Network split): Yellow Jackets 21-14. The Terrapins, nearly bankrupt at quarterback, couldn’t have picked a much better opponent if they had to break in a true freshman linebacker under center (which, as a matter of fact, they do). Georgia Tech has dropped four of five, fired its defensive coordinator during its bye week and very well may need to win the next three to become bowl eligible. It won’t be an instant classic, but there’s a real chance the game is so run-dominated it clocks in right around three hours.
* Virginia at N.C. State (12:30, ACC Network split): Wolfpack 38-10. N.C. State is coming off a loss. N.C. State is 10-1 over the last three seasons when coming off a loss. Virginia does not fall under anyone’s definition of “good.” Plan accordingly.
* Boston College at Wake Forest (3:30, CSN): Demon Deacons 27-21. This could actually be sort of fun as the pass-and-catch combos of Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest) and Chase Rettig and Alex Amidon (Boston College) take turns. It doesn’t have huge ramifications beyond the bowl hopes of these two teams, but there could still be some entertaining moments in the Dash.
* Florida Atlantic at Navy (3:30, CBS Sports Network): Midshipmen 42-17. Florida Atlantic has dropped 14 straight road games dating back to 2010. With Navy playing well since the switch to Keenan Reynolds at quarterback, look for that streak to survive —- and the Mids to earn bowl eligibility.
* Clemson at Duke (7, ESPN2): Tigers 48-24. Duke’s feel-good story ran into the Florida State buzzsaw last week. This Saturday, the Blue Devils must deal with Clemson. Duke is one of two teams in the league to have to face the conference’s two heavyweights in back-to-back weeks this season (Maryland is the other).
Week 9 record: 3-3 (2-2 conference)
Overall record: 59-19 (19-10 conference)
ACC record: 53-17 (19-10 conference)
Preseason ACC record: 50-20 (17-12 conference)
Navy record: 6-2
Preseason Week 10 picks changed: Virginia-N.C. State
—- Patrick Stevens