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2017 Predictions

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Last Week:  One more week in the books and another victory for the scarlet and gray. In this case in the Buckeye scarlet and gray, not UNLV thank goodness. On a week where some of the top teams barely survived their game, the Buckeyes not only took care of business, they were able to get some quality playing time for the 2-deep and 3-deep roster. It will be interesting to see how the polls react to this recent improvement, as OSU continues to be the top rated one-loss team. As for our predictions, we did not fair a well as Ohio State. No one was 5-0 and only 3 were 4-1. When the dust settled, Brent and John moved to the top spots with a very respectable 16-4 record for the year.
This Week: As per OSU historian Jack Park, Urban Meyer's record at Ohio State is now 64-7 after the 54-21 victory over UNLV. Meyer is beginning his 6th season at Ohio State and this was his 20th OSU victory while scoring more than 50 points. Woody Hayes is second with games over 50. In Hayes' 28 seasons as OSU's head coach, the Buckeyes scored more than 50 points 17 times. No other Ohio State coach is close. This week against Rutgers, the Buckeyes may have their chance to get Urban is 21st 50+ win  ....  The biggest game to date this season in the Pac-12 will be in primetime this Friday as USC travels to Pullman to face Washington State. The winner will have a strong position in their divisional standing and stay in the running for playing in the conference championship. The loser will likely need help to stay in the playoff race  ....  Back in the Big Ten, Maryland and Minnesota square off in what should be an evenly matched barn-burner. The Terps are down to their third string signal caller but every Buckeye fan knows amazing things can happen with back-up quarterbacks.  On the other hand, the Gophers are trying to keep pace with the division leaders  ....  Once again, we are previewing the Mississippi State game, partly due to the importance of the game with Auburn but mostly because there are not many good teams in the SEC once again this year.  The Bulldogs need a win to redeem themselves and Auburn needs the win to stay on pace with the Tide  .... The big game in the ACC this week is in Blacksburg, where the Hokies are the next team up to try to dethrone the defending champs. No one has been able to slow down the Clemson offense for over a year, no matter who has been paying quarterback.  This might the last chance this season to challenge them. Then again, no one expected Pittsburgh to beat them last season either. 
Guest Buckeye: As with every week, we are proud and pleased to have Vaughn Broadnax providing his feedback and predictions for this week's games. 
Here are our Week 5 Picks, Good Luck to all - Gregg
 (9)Ohio State  @  Rutgers
(Favorite: Ohio State  - 28 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: OSU  The Buckeyes still have work to do, and they have yet to have a game where they are firing on all cylinders. The defensive backfield has to start getting better one of these weeks, or this Buckeye team may be in trouble when the Nits come to the 'Shoe in late October. But back to the task at hand....Rutgers is improved, but not enough to do more than throw a scare into Ohio State. I think it will be a little more competitive than it usually is, but the Bucks should go to 2-0 in league play.  The Call: OSU 38 Rutgers 13

Cory:  Despite thumping UNLV at home last week, the Buckeyes fell again in the polls. Doesn't appear there are many believers in the Buckeyes outside of Columbus right now, and that probably won't change after this week's game at Rutgers either. It has been a bad season thus far for the Scarlet Knights, who are 1-3 with their lone win coming over FBS Morgan State. A big problem is the offense. Rutgers can't pass - they have more interceptions than passing touchdowns - despite having two good receivers in Janarion Grant and Jerome Washington. It could be a tough day for Rutgers as the Ohio State defense took a huge step forward against the Rebels last week. The Buckeyes blitzed a lot and forced a lot of bad plays, and the defensive line is really turning into something special. The OSU offense is still a work in progress, but J.T. Barrett looked the best last week he has all season. Let's hope that trend continues.   Ohio State 45, Rutgers 10  

Dave:  OSU 62 - Rutgers 0

Gregg:  Excellent strides made last week by the Buckeye offense, but we need to continue those strides, we are not at a championship level yet. I am more concerned about the defense at this point though. We are just giving up two many yards, the secondary is still learning (need to turn around in coverage more) and can they please get a few three-and-outs this week. This group simply can't find a way to get off the field. Dobbins has another great game and watch for JT Barrett to get a couple more records today.   Ohio State 44  Rutgers 7  

Jason:  Another game where the Buckeye pass game can continue to regain form. It appeared as if they figured out a few things a week ago against UNLV and there should be more of the same in Piscataway on Saturday night. J.T. Barrett is coming off a five touchdown pass performance in under 2 quarters against the Rebels and backup Dwayne Haskins threw two more as the Buckeyes passed for a school record 474 yards with a school record seven TD’s to Big Ten record seven different receivers. 

Rutgers lost their top corner Blessuan Austin who injured his knee in the Knights loss to Nebraska a week ago and is done for the season so Ohio State should once again be able to attack through the air. As an added bonus, the Buckeyes will be sporting a two-headed monster in the backfield as running back Mike Weber returns from injury, only playing minimally the first month of the season after eclipsing 1,000 yards last season. He will complement the nation’s sixth leading rusher in freshman J.K. Dobbins who has rushed for 520 yards already on the young season.  

It doesn’t end there for the weapons Rutgers will face on Saturday. They will face a defensive line that is as talented and fast as any in the country. The defense recorded 13 tackles for loss a week ago so the Knights will be facing a stern challenge. The concern for the Buckeyes is certainly the secondary and though they didn’t have a lot of yards thrown on them a week ago, Ohio State was still flagged for 3 pass interference penalties but coach Urban Meyer sees it as a technique related problem that they are continually focused on. This week they will face Louisville transfer, QB Kyle Bolin, who is averaging 160 yards per game through the air, however top receiver Janarion Grant is in concussion protocol and may not play. It likely won’t matter. Ohio State will be too much on both sides of the ball and though Rutgers may have minimal success early, the Buckeyes are just far too talented and will run away and hide.  Ohio State 63 Rutgers 17   

Joe-S-U:  OSU over Rutgers - Seriously, someone wake me when it's Penn State week. In the meantime, Parris Campbell is due for a kick return score and could we get through one game without a penalty from the secondary?  

John:  This should be one of those name your score type games. Rutgers is just plain bad. Bucks win big.   Ohio State 49 Rutgers 17  

Josh:   Rutgers seems to have made improvements since last year, and could actually win a Big Ten game this season, just not this one. Since losing to Oklahoma, Ohio State has done what is has needed to do against inferior opponents, and they seem to have flexing their passing game muscles. I however am in the belief that they are not really going to be tested until the home game against Penn State on October 28. This game will be the Big Ten Networks night game of the week, and I get the feeling it will be much like last time Rutgers hosted Ohio State in 2015, where there will be plenty of scoring for the Scarlet...and gray, and very little for the Scarlet Knights. I think Barrett will achieve two record this coming game. The first, which is almost guaranteed, is that he will eclipse 10,000 total yards, which has never been done before from a Buckeye. (He is currently 14 yards shy.) The second record I think we will break is the most passing yards every by a Buckeye, in which he is is 278 yards shy of. The defense will once again be tested, and I think we will continue to clean up our secondary and linebacker play. We will need to.    Ohio State 56 - Rutgers 14  

Dr. Mark:  OSU 42-10 - this is like a weak non conference game-Rutgers has not been able to sustain a 4 star roster to complete with top 25 teams.  

PJSBuck:  Well, we looked halfway decent for a change. Glad to see JT playing better but couldn't help but see the spark the offense received when Haskins was in. This week will be a classic sisters of the poor game. Even though Rutgers is an improved team they still have only one win (1-3). I see this is almost a replay of last week's game against UNLV. It will be time for our offense to really improve this week while our defense plays a "regular" offense for a change.  Buckeyes win 53 17 in a game where we see more back-ups again (good thing!).

Pia Pete:  The Buckeyes defense trashes a weak Rutgers offense.   OSU 51 – RU 6  

Coach Rick:  Lets see, Nebraska sucks this year and they beat Rutgers, now who am I going to pick in this game. OSU still needs a lot of work done. but they win easily.   OSU 63 - Rutgers 0.

Steven:  This one could be held in a lion's den and be less of a bloodbath. Score, rinse, repeat.   OSU 59-3. 

Trout:  Although the Bucks still have questions on the offensive side of the ball, they are still above and beyond the better team. They should have no problem putting up 40+ points on the Scarlett Knights. I see JT continuing to improve his passing game, while Dobbins dominates Rutgers with the ground game. Bucks should win this in a blowout.  (OSU, 49-14)  

Vaughn:  OSU beats Rutgers 45-10  

​Final Score:  Ohio State 56   Rutgers 0
                          (4-1)             (1-3)
 (4)USC  @  (16)Washington State
(Favorite: USC - 4 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: USC - Tempted to take the Cougars here, as this will be back-to-back road games for USC, and WSU is a legit top 25 team. Will root for WSU, but take USC here.  

Cory:  This week's game should be a terrific battle between two of the nation's best quarterbacks. Everybody knows about Sam Darnold of USC, but not many people outside of Pullman know about Luke Falk. In each of the last two seasons Falk threw 38 touchdowns. So far this year he's completing 76.9 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and just one interception. USC may be the stronger team but the Trojans enter this game banged up. Leading receiver Deontay Burnett has been dealing with a shoulder injury and has not been practicing, though he is expected to play. The edge in this game goes to USC. The Trojans have been tested in every game so far, but their schedule has been much more difficult than Washington State's. I'm rooting for the upset, but I just don't see it happening.   USC 35, Washington State 32  

Dave:  USC 28 - Wash State 21

Gregg:  I love to visit the lights of Vegas, really enjoy the big buildings and buffets, but I think they are wrong on this one. The Trojans should have lost to the Longhorns, and Sam Darnold is not having a great season.  If he can turn it around this week USC should be able to take care of business. But with WSU playing at home, and on  Friday night, I think all the indicators tell me that not only do the Cougars cover, they will win outright. My only concern is Washington State will jump us in the polls.   Washington State 41  USC 38  

Jason:  USC's Sam Darnold has struggled so far this season, throwing just nine TD passes with seven picks. His lack of consistency has led the Trojans to far too close wins over Texas and Cal. On the other side, lesser known Washington State QB Luke Falk has already thrown for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 TD’s with just 1 INT. He will be facing a Trojan D who has been very good at creating turnovers so far this season so Falk will need to be just as good. If the Wazzu D can force Darnold into bad decisions, the Cougar offense led by Falk can make life very difficult for the USC D and keep Darnold on the bench. USC must play much better and take care of the football if they want to go on the road and beat their toughest opponent so far this year. Unfortunately 4 games against mediocre competition is far too large of a sample size to think it’s not a trend and against a potent offense, they will need to avoid mistakes or the Cougar offense will make them pay. Washington State gets the win in front of the home faithful.   Washington State 35 USC 31  

Joe-S-U:  USC over Washington State - 'SC offense has cooled the last 2 weeks, but the Trojans keep winning. Everyone expected Darnold and Co. to move the ball at will like they did in the Rose Bowl, but it hasn't quite happened that way, but the Trojans keep winning. Luke Falk is tossing for 432 a game, 'SC is giving up exactly half- 216 passing yards a game. What gives?  

John:  Cal played SC tougher than I thought they would. I would think that the Trojans will take care of business Friday, but road games in the Pac 12 can bite you. Look for this one to be close into the fourth quarter.   USC 31 Washington State 24  

Josh:   This is an interesting game. USC hasn't necessarily been able to blow out teams, but the one number that matters most for them is zero, which is the number of losses they have this year. Washington State though has the same number in their loss column. This should be an interest match up, and I think USC has the talent over the Cougers, but I expect the Washington State faithful to be rocking the stadium. I see this one being another close game for the Trojans, but I think the Cougars deliver the horse and hand USC their first loss of the season.
Washington State 35 - USC 32  

Dr. Mark:  USC-35-28 - Darnold not looked like a superstar as billed but I think Trojans will win  

PJSBuck:  THIS, is going to be a really fun game to watch. I think it is possible for WSU to win in a perceived upset even though they are at home.  I say Cougars by 7

Pia Pete:  WSU keeps it tight but USC comes out on top.   USC 35 – WSU 28  

Coach Rick:  Washington State is home with one of the top passing teams in the country which gets them bonus points in my books. USC has allowed a few points this season, so it looks like I should go with the home team. What scares me about Washington State is the Boise St. game when they won by three and Boise St is having a down year for them. With this game alone, I will have to go with USC by 10 points.

Steven:  We've picked a lot of USC games this year, and they seem forever on the edge of being upset. Sam Darnold has been less than crisp and the defense is not top-tier. They may win ugly all year, but Wazzu can score enough to make it very tough on the Trojans. Gonna keep picking against them because they WILL lose, it is just a matter of when.   Wazzu 38-28.  

Trout:   I think the Cougars might have what it takes to beat the Trojans. They have shown that they can put up some points. While the Trojans have had a few stunbles against less opponents. It will be close however. Both teams scoring tons of points. But I think Washington State does just enough to skirt by USC.  (Washington State, 37-34)  

Vaughn:  I will go with the upset. Washington State Trims the Trojans 34-28.

​Final Score:  Washington State 30   USC 27
                               (5-0)                    (4-1)
 (45)Maryland  @  (32)Minnesota
(Favorite: Minnesota  - 13 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Minnesota - Maryland loses 38-10 to UCF? What happened to the Maryland team that beat Texas? I think the 12 1/2 pt spread is a bit high here, but gotta take the Gophers at home.  

Cory:  Not much attention will be paid to the game this week between Maryland and Minnesota, but I find it to be an interesting matchup nonetheless. Maryland started off the season with a bang, upsetting Texas in Austin. Since then, the Terrapins beat FBS Towson before losing pretty handily to Central Florida. Minnesota, on the other hand, struggled to beat Buffalo in the opener, then went on to cruise in wins over Oregon State and Middle Tennessee State. Minnesota gets it done with the running game and defense: Golden Gophers starting quarterback Conor Rhoda has attempted just 46 passes in three games. The biggest problem for Maryland is the Terrapins are now on their third-string quarterback. Previous starters Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill are both out for the season with ACL injuries. It will be interesting to see if the Terrapins can rally around new starter Max Bortenschlager. Because of the injuries at quarterback for Maryland, Minnesota should find its way to its first Big Ten win of the season.   Minnesota 24, Maryland 14 

Dave:  Minnesota 28  Maryland 24

Gregg:  Maryland had a great start to the year taking it to Texas on the road.  I was thinking the Terps may be the number four team in B1G East. Unfortunately they are better this year but they are still not as deep as the power teams in the conference. Too many injuries already and the Gophers should have no issue taking care of business at home.   Minnesota 27   Maryland 10 

Jason:  Maryland is now on its 3rd string QB and struggling mightily after their season opening win at Texas. Minnesota is at home and will be too much for the Terps in a battle of teams going nowhere.   Minnesota 31 Maryland 14  

Joe-S-U:  Minnesota over Maryland - Maybe I'm just bitter that the Terrapin injury bug helped to put a big bullet hole in my spot card last weekend. Gophers favored by 13- sounds about right.....although I may not touch that one  

John:  Some were starting to talk up the ‘Terps, after the first couple of weeks of the season, then reality smacked the turtles between the eyes. PJ was a great hire for the Gophers. Minnie rolls.   Minnesota 35 Maryland 10  

Josh:  ​Minnesota is quietly undefeated still and coming off a bye week to open up Big Ten Play. Maryland finished off their non conference with a bad loss to UCF. You know they want to get that bad taste out of their mouth. The Gophers want to continue rowing the boat, and I am sure the oars will be out for this noon kickoff. What is surprising is that Maryland is the underdog in this game, because I think they have the talent and hand Minnesota and PJ Fleck their first loss of the season.   Maryland 31 - Minnesota 21

Dr. Mark:  MINN 38-31 -  AS Pat said - big game for both as they both try to climb competitive ladder of Big 10  

PJSBuck:  For me, the Big Ten Game of the Week even though both teams are middle of the pack. Minn. is playing much better and more inspired under PJ Fleck and Maryland under DJ Durkin is also much improved. This is so close it is a pick'm for me.  I am going with Minnesota by 3 in a close, fun game to watch!

Pia Pete The Land 24 – The Soda 20  

Coach Rick:  This is going to be a great Big Ten opener for both teams. Maryland has played the more difficult schedule of the two team going 2-1. I am going with the upset and see Maryland winning on the road by 7.

Steven:  DJ Durkin had the Terps looking like they had turned a corner and could be a legitimate contender in the B1G East. And then UCF came to town and smacked them upside the head with a little dose of reality. Maryland could rebound or crawl back in a hole. It will be tough to bounce back on the road against a decent Gopher team. Look for the Gophers to overpower the Terps and rack up a ton of yardage through the air.   Minny 44-24. 

Trout:   This will be a close game. Both teams have been better than expected, but are still not world beaters. I see this game being a hard fought, low scoring, sloppy game. And in the end, I see Maryland winning. Although Texas has proved not to be a good team, the Terps availability to put 51 points on them makes me think that they have the better offense than the Gophers.   (Maryland, 21-20)

Vaughn:  The Gophers over the Terps 14-10.  

​Final Score:  Maryland 31   Minnesota 24
                       (3-1)               (3-1)
 (24)Mississippi State  @  (15)Auburn
(Favorite: Auburn - 7 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Auburn - Hard to get a read on many of these SEC teams, but have to go with the Auburn at home.  

Cory:  Mississippi State let me down last week as I picked the Bulldogs to upset Georgia. They were crushed 31-3. Now I'm not so sure what to think of Mississippi State. On the other hand, I'm not exactly sure what to think of Auburn, either. The Tigers weren't able to do much of anything in their loss to Clemson, and wins over FBS Mercer and a struggling Missouri team haven't shown me anything. Both teams seem to have problems on offense so this game could turn out to be an ugly one. Though the Bulldogs are coming off a loss, it was to a very good Georgia team. In a battle of attrition, I think the Bulldogs will be able to make more plays than the Tigers.   Mississippi State 23, Auburn 14  

Dave:  Auburn 28  Mississippi State 17

Gregg:  The Bulldogs are a bit wounded after that pounding they took at the hands of Georgia last week.  That might be enough to motivate them to have a big game this week but I think it will take more than that to beat Auburn. The Tigers keep rolling on their path to this season's Iron Bowl.   Auburn 24  Mississippi State 21  

Jason:  Mississippi State laid a big rotten egg in Athens a week ago, getting beat in every aspect of the game in a 31-3 loss to Georgia. The Bulldogs, led by dynamic QB Nick Fitzgerald were completely outclassed and Georgia has proven to be a very good football team but a loss like that for a team that wants to be considered a player in the SEC is unacceptable. Coming off a nice home win over LSU, this will be their second of back to back road games against a ranked opponent. Auburn hasn’t only allowed more than 14 in any game including a close loss to Clemson and QB Jarret Stidham has begun to find his rhythm and will lead the Tigers to a big home win.   Auburn 21  Miss State 14  

Joe-S-U:  Auburn over Miss. St. - AEE (Alabama and Everyone Else) is getting about as hard to pick as the NFL....you don't know who's gonna show up week to week.  

John:  Tigers are just too much for MSU to handle.    Auburn 35, Mississippi St 24  

Josh:  What happened to Mississippi State? I think they want to rebound after a very bad loss to Georgia, but two road games in a a row is not easy. Meanwhile, Auburn comes off a big win against Missouri, who seems to be the SEC East punching bag. Auburn has their offense humming right now and I think they are going to take over late in this game to hand Mississippi State its second straight loss.   Auburn 24 - Mississippi State 17  

Dr. Mark:  Miss St 24-21  Auburn lacks confidence in the O- Miss st lapses on D at times  

PJSBuck:  OK, it's give SEC some love time - NOT! My weekly who gives a SH %*&@ T Bowl game.  I am going with Auburn simply because A comes before M.

Pia Pete:  Auburn defends its home turf.   AU 36 – MSU 27  

Coach Rick:  Not sure what happened to Mississippi State last week, but I think they will continue that level of play this week and Auburn wins by 21.

Steven:  Mississippi State has turned a corner. Unfortunately, it is the one down a dimly lit alley, where a group of angry muggers dressed as tigers awaits.    Auburn throttles the Dogs 37-19.

Trout:  This game really depends on which teams actually show up. Both teams have looked great in some moments, and terrible in others. I tend to give the slight advantage to the Bulldogs. Although this isn't saying much, they have looked better offensively this year. It will be another close game, but the Bulldogs win it.   (Mississippi State, 17-14)  

Vaughn:    Auburn hold the MSU offense back and wins 24-13.

GameDay:  Desmond Howard, guest picker Bruce Smith, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit all think the Tigers will take care of business.

​Final Score:  Auburn 49   Mississippi State 10
              (4-1)                    (3-2)
 (2)Clemson  @  (12)Virginia Tech
​(Favorite: Clemson - 7 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick:Clemson - The Tigers were probably caught looking ahead against Boston College, as the game was tied with 12 minutes left in the game. But I think Clemson will be up for this one and get it done in Blacksburg.  

Cory:  This week's game between Clemson and Virginia Tech looks terrific on paper, and the winner becomes the early favorite for a spot in the College Football Playoff. The thing is, I'm not sure this will be much of a game at all. Virginia Tech enters 4-0 but the Hokies have had an easy schedule so far. That schedule includes wins over Delaware, Old Dominion, and East Carolina. So far the only challenge Virginia Tech had was in week one in a narrow win over West Virginia. Meanwhile Clemson continues to roll. Clemson looked asleep for the first three quarters of their win over Boston College last week. It was until the fourth quarter when Clemson got four rushing touchdowns to pull away. Though the Tigers do have some issues in the passing game, their defense and running game are both good. Expect Clemson to continue to roll this week.   Clemson 28, Virginia Tech 10

Dave:  Clemson 42 - Virginia Tech 17

Gregg:  This is a game where I am going with a Tiger victory but hoping I get this one wrong. If the Hokies can win this game it will be Bud Foster and his defense getting to Kelly Bryant.  

Jason:  Virginia Tech has been playing very well this season, blowing teams out of the stadium and this game is at the friendly confines of Lane Stadium, however, the Hokies haven’t faced anyone anywhere near as good as Clemson. The Tiger defense may be the best in the country led by a ferocious front seven and they will put pressure on the young freshman Hokie QB Josh Jackson. 

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has been getting better every week throwing the football and can also pull it down and create with his feet, already rushing for over 200 yards. He has shown he can win in a hostile environment after going to Louisville and getting it done. There is nothing here that shows he can’t do it again. The Clemson D will smother the Tech offense and the offense will do more than enough to get the win. 

Clemson 34 Virginia Tech 17  

Joe-S-U:  Clemson over Virginia Tech - Statistically, two very balanced teams on both sides of the ball. But good grief, Clemson is probably already the most battle-tested team in the country and we're only a month in. 

John:  It wouldn’t shock me if Va Tech pulls off the upset at home over the Tigers. It wouldn’t shock me, but it would surprise me.    Clemson 31 Virginia Tech 24  

Josh:  ​Clemson is rolling right now after big wins against Louisville and now Boston College. I think Lamar will be the toughest quarterback Clemson will face this regular season, however, this is a rematch of the ACC championship game where the Hokies were a late fourth quarter drive from tying the game. Clemson's defensive line will be on the move and Bryant will be running a lot in this game to try and keep his team in it. I think though that Byrant, as good as he is, is not a complete quarterback, and the Hokies challenge the Tigers until the 4th quarter. I am calling the upset (I know, early in the season in the picks challenge to be doing an upset, but this is a bizarre football season already.)   Virginia Tech 28 - Clemson 24

Dr. Mark:  Clemson 35-17 - I didn't think they would be as good as last year at this point ,but Tigers look solid in all aspects- not sure who is going to beat them in ACC  

PJSBuck:  Maybe the last chance for a Tiger loss before the playoffs. Should be another fun game to watch but Clemson is too tough - how old are these guys anyway?    Clemson by 21

Pia Pete:  My money is with Clemson until they prove me wrong.   Clemson 44 – VT 21

Coach Rick:  This is a must see game this weekend as Virginia Tech has two shut outs and been a scoring unit as well. On the other hand, Clemson is improving each week, which is a bad note for the rest of the country being they are already a great team. I do not think Clemson will lose this game. I have them winning by 17.

Steven:  It is tough to find any chinks in Clemson's armor. I have to keep picking the Tigers until they give me a reason not to.   Clemson 31-21 

Trout:  The Hokies have been a pleasant surprise this year, but I do t think they have what it takes to beat Clemson. Although the Tigers have looked sloppy in some games, they are still a top 5 team. It won't be a complete blowout, but I don't think Virginia Tech makes this a game. Clemson pulls away in the second half and wins comfortably.   (Clemson, 38-21)

Vaughn:  Clemson rolls at Virginia Tech 35-14.

GameDay:  Desmond Howard and guest picker Bruce Smith predict a home win from Virginia Tech.  Lee Corso put on the Tiger headgear for Clemson.

​Final Score:  Clemson 31   Virginia Tech 17
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