5 Bold predictions for Week 11 in the ACC
Week 11 in the ACC is here.
Pitt got things started on Thursday night with an overtime win over North Carolina — a predictable final result that took a windy path to get there.
But how will the rest of the ACC’s slate play out this week? There’s plenty at stake, between Miami-Florida State’s rivalry, NC State-Wake’s fight for the Atlantic and several teams pursuing bowl eligibility. Virginia faces Notre Dame, too, in a final tune-up of sorts before the Cavaliers face Pitt in crucial ACC Atlantic division matchup next week.
Here are five predictions for Week 11 in the ACC:
NC State will comfortably beat Wake Forest
Both these teams excel on the offensive end, but the Wolf Pack have the closest thing to a competent defense. The Demon Deacons’ defense might be the worst in the ACC right now, and quarterback Devin Leary is more than good enough to take full advantage. The most points NC State has given up this year is 31. Wake Forest hasn’t allowed fewer than 31 points against a non-Duke opponent since Sept. 24. NC State is the more complete team and should win handily.
Tyler Van Dyke will throw for over 400 yards again
The Miami quarterback has emerged as one of the ACC’s best passers over the last three weeks. He’s thrown for 1,140 yards and has eclipsed the 400-yard mark once — in a win over Pitt on Oct. 30. His chemistry with Charleston Rambo has proven to be fruitful for the Hurricanes’ offense, and that should be expected to continue vs. a struggling Florida State defense.
Brennan Armstrong will rest vs. Notre Dame
With Pitt defeating North Carolina on Thursday night, Virginia’s meeting with the Panthers is that much more important to determining who will make it to the ACC Championship Game. That means Armstrong’s health for that game on Nov. 20 is paramount and could make or break the Cavaliers’ season. Armstrong is still recovering from a rib injury he suffered in a loss to BYU in Week 9. A win over Notre Dame would mean a lot to Virginia — but not as much as an ACC title. The latter becomes extremely attainable with a win over Pitt next week.
Boston College starts a winning streak
The Eagles upset Virginia Tech last week, which ended a four-game losing streak in ACC play. Jeff Hafley’s squad has a great chance to start a new streak this weekend against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets played well vs. Miami last week, but Boston College plays at a higher level when quarterback Phil Jurkovec is on the field.
Syracuse upsets Louisville and becomes bowl eligible
The Cardinals are favored by a field goal on Saturday vs. the Orange. However, this is a tough spot for them coming off an emotional loss to Clemson last week. They’re at home, yes, but they’re facing a tough Syracuse team that likes to run the ball and control the clock. That means keeping Malik Cunningham off the field — which is bad news for Louisville. At nearly 248 yards per game, Syracuse has the most prolific rushing offense in the ACC by a wide margin.