ACC Football Outside the Triangle: Week 8 Previews

Boston College (1-5, 0-3) at Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3)

Of Paul Johnson’s many faces, “Haughty Paul Johnson” might be the best.

Moments in Boston College-Georgia Tech history: These two ACC foes have only met seven times (Georgia Tech leads 5-2), and not since 2008 when Georgia Tech won 19-16 in Chestnut Hill. The teams have only met twice since expansion, and BC won the first meeting in 2007, 24-10. So there aren’t a lot of moments to pull from, but here’s this great moment in Paul Johnson/ACC officiating history involving both teams:

And this video of Johnson touching a fan’s baby is kind of hilarious:

For Boston College? It’s the simple pleasures in life, I guess. Although one guy did win a Nintendo Wii.

Prediction: Georgia Tech, 34-24. Hard to know what to expect here. But you can’t bet against Georgia Tech coming off of a bye. Wait, what? It’s the other way around? Anyway, Boston College was quite literally beaten up last weekend by Florida State, and at least Georgia Tech has had a week of rest. Besides, Boston College’s defense is not good.

No. 12/10 Florida State (6-1, 3-1) at Miami (4-3, 3-1)

ACC defenses miss you, Jacory Harris.

Moments in Florida State-Miami history: In 1987, Bobby Bowden showed why he was awesome. In a battle of two top-four teams facing off in late October, FSU led 19-3 early, but Miami came back and took a 26-19 lead in the fourth. FSU scored a touchdown with 42 seconds left but rather than kick an extra point to tie, Bowden went for the win. The pass was incomplete, and FSU lost. But what cajones!

We all know about the missed field goals in this rivalry. But it’s still stunning to see that there are four Wide Right games and one Wide Left game, all of which were misses by FSU kickers. It’s just uncanny.

The only close comparison on the Hurricanes’ side is 2005’s Miami Muff.

An 18-minute clip of bad calls by ACC officials from last year’s Miami-Florida State game, made by an FSU fan, in a game FSU won. Never change, FSU fans.

Prediction: Florida State, 37-17. Miami’s defense played pretty well last week against North Carolina, and Florida State’s offense has shown that it can sometimes slow itself down better than any opponent could. But the Florida State defense is still dominant, and Miami will be without starting quarterback Stephen Morris.

Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1) at No. 14/13 Clemson (5-1, 2-1)

This pretty much sums up Virginia Tech’s season to date: Logan Thomas literally having to take on an entire team by himself.

Moments in Virginia Tech-Clemson history: One of the more interesting angles is Daniel Rodriguez, a sophomore wide receiver for Clemson. He was a war hero, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 24-year-old grew up a Virginia Tech fan and wanted to walk on there, but he was still short a credit from community college and Virginia Tech didn’t want to apply for an NCAA waiver. Clemson did. He will lead Clemson out of the tunnel on Saturday.

This Clemson fan mad (NSFW: language).

Stick it in.

Prediction: Clemson, 44-30. Virginia Tech’s offense got going last week against Duke, scoring 41 unanswered points against the Blue Devils. Their defense still has a lot of issues, though, and Clemson’s offense is No. 13 nationally. And the Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country put it better than I could:

Hokies Win If: They continue playing the way they did in the second half against Duke. That and if Clemson’s entire team breaks a mirror walking under a ladder chasing a black cat.

Wake Forest (3-3, 1-3) at Virginia (2-5, 0-3)

Moments in Wake Forest-Virginia history: Scott Stadium has not been kind to Wake Forest: the Deacons have lost 11 of their last 12 trips there. But Wake has only played there once since expansion (2003) and just three times since 2001. Wake has lost their last two games there (in 2003 and 2007) by a combined four points. The two teams haven’t played at all since 2008, when Wake won 28-17 at home.

Somehow, I missed that UVa trotted out a “Wahoo”(?) mascot that Virginia Tech blog The Key Play describes as “the laboratory lovechild of a horse and black bear”. Thankfully, it was short-lived.

This has nothing to do with either team, but it came up during another YouTube search, so here is Mike Patrick in all his glory:

Prediction: Wake Forest, 24-17. In a battle of two teams in a free fall, someone has to win. I’ll go with Jim Grobe and the Deacons, even if it is on the road.

Week 7: 3-1 (3-1 ACC)

Total: 38-11 (11-5 ACC)

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