5 bold predictions for the ACC in Week 13: Can Wake Forest finish the job?
The final week of the regular season is finally here.
There’s still plenty to play for in the ACC, including the Atlantic title and bowl eligibility for several teams.
Here’s 5 bold predictions for how Week 13 will play out in the ACC:
1. NC State takes care of business
North Carolina State hosts North Carolina in the ACC’s only weeknight game this week. The Wolfpack are playing for a shot at the ACC Atlantic title this week, so they should be locked in vs. the Tar Heels. North Carolina is talented enough to pull off the upset, but Mack Brown’s squad doesn’t have much to play for at this point in the season. This is Devin Leary’s moment.
2. Wake Forest stumbles
Arguably the most important game of Wake Forest’s season, the Demon Deacons are getting Boston College at a bad time. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec is back and has this Eagles team playing well — they nearly upset Florida State last week and they had no issue with Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech in the two weeks prior. Wake Forest’s defense just hasn’t been good enough down the stretch of the season, and there’s no reason to expect that to improve on Saturday vs. BC.
3. Florida State makes a bowl
Florida is a mess after firing coach Dan Mullen this week, but Florida State looks like a team that wants to finish strong. The Seminoles have won close games vs. Miami and Boston College in order to get to this point, and they shouldn’t let a dysfunctional Gators team derail them at the last moment. This game is in Gainesville, but Florida State is still more than capable of securing this win.
4. Miami wins and saves Manny Diaz’s job
Duke has been non-competitive this season, so this is exactly who the Hurricanes want to see in Week 13. Miami’s offense has been amongst the most explosive in the country over the final six weeks, so a blowout win to end the regular season could do a lot for Manny Diaz’s job security.
5. Clemson gets a scare
Clemson has played well down the stretch, but so has rival South Carolina. The Gamecocks will be unexpected participants in bowl season and they might just have their sights set on their first win over Clemson since 2013. The Tigers are more talented and more experienced, but this South Carolina team has some fight. Clemson would be smart to not underestimate them.