ACC Picks and Spreads: Week 12

A.J. Black

It's bye week number one for the Boston College Eagles, so if you are like me you are going to sit down and watch a smattering of other college football games this weekend. To make things interesting I selected 12 games on Tallysight, which helps compares my picks against scores them against other analysts and experts. Last week I had a phenomenal streak, going 8-2 and finishing 29th out of 169 pickers. 

This week I picked the entire ACC slate, and a handful of other games. 

Syracuse at Louisville (-19), 7PM Friday, ESPN

Two teams that have underperformed this season. Cardinals just lost Javian Hawkins their star running back who had seen enough and opted out. I would pick Louisville to win this straight out, but nineteen seems like an awfully big spread for a team that has struggled like they have. I expect Jacobian Morgan to settle down even more and put up a few nice drives to keep this game close. 

Pick: Syracuse (+19)

Clemson (-35.5) at FSU, noon, ABC

Trevor Lawrence is back, and so are the Tigers, two weeks removed from their first regular season loss in three years. They get FSU, a team that has had almost a half dozen starters either opt out or quit the team in the past two weeks. Dabo Swinney is going to want to make a point, so expect Clemson to win by a lot. 

Pick: Clemson (-35.5)

Virginia Tech (-3.5) at Pitt, 4pm, ACCN

The health of Kenny Pickett will be the big factor in this game. Pat Narduzzi says he isn't 100% yet but getting closer. VT has been in a bit of a free fall of late, but this looks like a good place to bounce back. 

Pick: VT (-3.5)

Liberty at NC State (-3.5), 7:30, ESPN3

The Flames have played the role of ACC killer winning against Syracuse and Virginia Tech so far this year. I don't expect anything different here, expect Liberty to win straight up.

Pick: Liberty (+3.5)

Other Picks:

Purdue at Minnesota (+2.5): Pick Minnesota
Florida (-31.5) at Vanderbilt: Pick Florida
Iowa (-2.5) at Penn State: Pick Iowa
Wisconsin (-7) at Northwestern: Pick Northwestern
Michigan (-10.5) at Rutgers: Pick Rutgers
Mississippi State (+25) at Georgia: Pick MSU
Missouri (-6.5) at South Carolina: Pick Missouri
Indiana (+20.5) at Ohio State: Pick Ohio State

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Comments (1)
No. 1-1

Quite an upset with Pitt whomping V-Tech.

It's coming down the home stretch and the impact on the bowls will be interesting.

Here's how I look at the bowls today.

ND - Sugar
Clemson - Rose
Miami - Orange

If these 3 win out, then this should be the lineup.

UNC - Cheez-It - But they have an opportunity to Shake the World, with playing ND and Miami. If they do, they are 9-2 and should knock Miami out of the Orange. Beating ND and Clemson winning the ACC, will drop ND out of the playoffs and wind up at the Peach Bowl.

NC State - Mayo - They seem to like going to the local bowl in Charlotte. But I can see them also in the Gator or Peach Bowl at 8-3.

BC - Sun - At 8-4, I think they will be heading to El Paso.

Pitt - Pinstripe - But they shook the world yesterday and they have opportunities to do it again against Clemson. At 7-4, I could see them in the Gator.

V-Tech - Military. My how the mighty have fallen. I believe they will continue their losing streak and lose to Clemson and UVA. I know a few UVA fans down here in NC that will be very happy. UVA may even knock them out of going to any bowl at 4-7.

Wake Forest - 1st Responder - Will they get to play 11 games?

UVA - Gasparilla - BUT they have a chance to Shake OUR World. At 7-4, they might be heading to the Sun Bowl.

Lets win the next 2 handily and enjoy watching this all play out. I hope Hafley is carried off the field in Charlottesville (and El Paso)!