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ACC Football: Week 7 Staff Predictions

As wild as the rest of the NCAA was last weekend, the ACC was rather predictable.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was, to put it bluntly, exactly what we expected it to be with one exception — Virginia found a way to take down Miami, which gave each member of our staff at least one loss going into this week. UVA’s victory was shocking to say the least, but it by far and away wasn’t the most shocking win in college football this past weekend. You can read more about that in our AP Top 25 piece here.

This coming week is going to be an interesting one. There are only four games on the ACC schedule this weekend, and when it comes to the Tar Heels specifically, there is a lot of divide amongst our staff as to whether or not they found something this past weekend that might carry over into the Carrier Dome when they take on Syracuse. The bad news is that Cade Fortin, the redshirt freshman that sparked a lot of what happened this past weekend, will be out for the game. The good news, however, is that Michael Carter was finally given the chance to produce in a way that UNC has so desperately needed. We’ll see how things play out.

Let’s take a look at this week’s predictions from our staff:

Aside from the UNC game, the most disagreement amongst the staff is in the Wake Forest game against Florida State. Florida State still doesn’t seem to have an identity, while Wake Forest is coming off of a beating suffered in week 6 against Clemson. In the remaining two games, Jake seems to be convinced that Virginia will carry their momentum into their game against Duke, while Jacob thinks the Wolfpack will be able to get that elusive win in Clemson.

As far as standings go, I managed to hit the 60-win mark to continue running away with first place. Jacob isn’t far behind, as he has cracked 50 wins with Akil, Christian, and Joe on his trail. Will I be able to keep this up until the end of the season, or will one of my colleagues be able to pull an Aaron Rodgers-like comeback and take me down? Stay tuned to find out.

Go Heels!