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ACC Football Week #12: Preview

High stakes game in Miami tonight.

All five matchups are interesting.  From the view in Chapel Hill, what happens between Virginia Tech and Miami is very likely the whole ball of wax as far as the Heels' roadmap to Tampa.  Virginia Tech will face Duke then Virginia to close out their season so the Thursday night tilt with the Hurricanes, over whom UNC owns the tiebreaker, is the last best chance for the Heels to get a clear path to the ACC title game.  Should the Hokies lose UNC would take the field against Maryland in control of their own destiny.  Granted if they give in to fear and anger it will forever dominate that destiny but one thing at a time.

On other fronts, Clemson would very much like to beat Duke and anyone who says they thought either of these teams would be where they are at now was probably engaging in illicit drug use.

Wake Forest still can win the Atlantic as can Florida State but both need to take care of NCSU and Boston College respectively.  NCSU has pass defense woes so maybe Jim Grobe will loosen Riley Skinner up to pass more.  BC is not fast enough to handle FSU so that should not be an issue for the Seminoles.

And UNC goes to Maryland to apparently play in front of a scant few UNC fans who will be too engrossed in the UNC-Penn basketball game on TV to worry about football. *end sarcasm*

Miami 21 VT 20
Clemson 28 Duke 20
Wake Forest 31 NCSU 10
FSU 38 BC 20
UNC 34 MD 28

Record Last Week: 3-3
Record This Season: 51-28