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10/5/2012 2:33:00 PM
The ACC has proven to be one of the weaker conferences in college football.Time again, they get embarrassed in non-conference play and continue to prove that they’re not worthy of being in the conversation along with the Big 12 and SEC.
Betting – Saturday Three-Game Parlay
Nonetheless, there appears to be some good value in some
of the ACC conference games this week. Let’s have a look and see if we can
connect on a three-game parlay.
Yellow Jackets @ Clemson Tigers
It's true that Georgia Tech ambushed Clemson last year.
It's also true that Clemson will have only one week to prepare for Georgia
Tech's triple-option offense, which is a big reason why a number of teams
struggle against Georgia Tech – even on occasions when the larger calculus
suggests that the Yellow Jackets should get bombed.
However, with all of these things having been said,
Clemson's offense is operating at a very high level right now. The Tigers
haven't made a misstep on this side of the ball in 2012. They will probably
give up more than 24 points to Georgia Tech but they are likely to score more
Georgia Tech can play well in this game and still get
thumped, because its defense – which surrendered over 40 points in each of its
last two games – is awful at the moment. Conceding 49 points to a lower-tier
Sun Belt Conference opponent like Middle Tennessee shows that Georgia Tech's defense
is in no shape to defend the potent assemblage of talent that Clemson can put
on the field this weekend.
The Tigers are favored in the betting odds by 10.5 in this contest. Expect
them to run away with this game. Also, you might want to consider the over.
Free Pick: Clemson
@ Duke Blue Devils
There's going to be a lot of excitement in the air for
this off-the-radar ACC encounter between two lower-tier Coastal Division clubs.
The excitement, though, is not on Virginia's side of the divide.
The fascinating team in this matchup is Duke, which has
bolted to a 4-1 start under head coach David Cutcliffe and has a chance to gain
a 5-1 record by the midpoint of the season. That would put the Blue Devils one
win away from bowl eligibility. It would be a coup for Duke to make a bowl game
considering they have not played in a bowl game since 1994.
Duke has a chance in this contest because Virginia, which
won eight games and reached a bowl in a pleasantly surprising 2011 season, has
not been the same team. A weak defense and a flood of turnovers have derailed
the Cavaliers' plans for sustained achievement, putting this game in the
"toss-up" category. One has to think, though, that Duke has to show
it can win a big game before it can be trusted. Expect Virginia to make a few
key plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a road win in Durham, N.C.
Pick: Virginia +2
Seminoles @ North Carolina State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack have been a huge disappointment this season.
This was supposed to be Tom O’Brien’s best cast yet and quarterback Sean
Glennon was supposed to be a difference-maker. Instead, the Wolfpack are just
3-2 with the three wins coming against The Citadel, South Alabama and
Connecticut. Against borderline respectable teams like Miami and Tennessee, the
Wolfpack has lost both times while allowing a combined 79 points. Meanwhile,
Glennon has yet to prove that he can elevate the players around him.The Florida State Seminoles relaxed last week against South
Florida, drained by their big win over Clemson the week before. Florida State
should be mentally fresh for this ACC contest.
The Woflpack’s pass defense is a wreck right now and that
spells trouble considering they are facing the No. 3 team in the country. The
Seminoles are laying 14.5 points on the road and considering they had their let
down last week. Look for them to keep their foot on the gas in this one.
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