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Week 10
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Here are our Week 10 Picks, Good Luck to all - Gregg
Last Week:  I didn't like the script, but I love how the movie ended last week. The Bucks were down 14 seconds in the game and didn't have a lead until the 1:48 mark in the 4th quarter. This one may cost them a few points in the 'game control' category for the selection committee, but they did secure the 39-38 win. The victory keeps Ohio State in the playoff hunt, and all but eliminates the Nittany Lions. Penn State could still back into the top 4 but will need a ton of good fortune in the weeks to come. JT Barrett proved to be the quarterback we know he can be and likely put his name in the Heisman race once more. As for our predictions, John was the only one of us to see a Cyclone victory over the Horned frogs and was rewarded with a perfect 5-0 mark for the week. Five others went 4-1, and almost everyone else was 3-2 so our overall standings continue to be be very close from top to bottom. Should be a fun November.
This Week: For the rest of the season, our predictions will be focused on the key games that shape the playoff picture. So like it is for the football teams, it only gets harder. After their big comeback victory last week, Ohio State hits the road once again to take on the Hawkeyes. Iowa won the B1G West in 2015, and finished just one game back of Wisconsin last year, figured to be a big  player again this season. Their season has been up and down so far, can they be 'up' enough this week to knock off the Buckeyes?  ....  There are two Playoff shaping games in the ACC this week. First, Clemson travels to Raleigh to take on the NC State Wolfpack who have been playing well this season, in spite of the loss last week to the Irish.  A win over the Tigers would put them in the driver seat for the ACC Atlantic title  ....  The second big game in the ACC is Virginia Tech at Miami.  The winner will likely clinch the coastal division, something Miami has been unable to do since joining the conference over 10 years ago. Can they end that streak in 2017?  ....  In the Big 12, the big contest will be in 'Bedlam' as Oklahoma travels to Oklahoma State to play the Cowboys in the house that Pickens built. The winner will remain in the driver seat for the top spot in the conference  ....  In the SEC, Alabama finally plays a game that may be a little tougher than playing Mercer, but the outcome should probably be the same as they square off with LSU.  Good thing the Tide had that extra week to practice for this one.     
Guest Buckeye: Our web site continues to show that former players are still in touch with the college game, and Vaughn Broadnax proves that each week with his great analysis. Also joining us this week for his take on the Miami-VT is former QB/Receiver Rod Gerald. Rod has had some medical setbacks over the years, be sure Buckeye Nation keeps him in your prayers.
 (6)Ohio State  @  Iowa
(Favorite: Ohio State  - 20 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Ohio State - The fear of course is a Penn State hangover, and if that happens, Iowa is capable of pulling the upset. I am guessing Iowa stays close for a half, but is ultimately worn down by Ohio State's depth on both sides of the ball, much like OSU did to Penn St. The call: Ohio State 34 Iowa 13  

Cory:  This is a very dangerous game for Ohio State. Coming off an emotional, comeback win over Penn State, the Buckeyes now travel to Des Moines to take on a scrappy Iowa team. The Hawkeyes were one second away from upsetting Penn State earlier in the season, and their other two losses were close games as well. It's easy to think of Iowa as a team that gets it done with defense and a strong running game, but really the Hawkeyes are a passing team. Quarterback Nathan Stanley is playing very well as he's passed for 1,703 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Defensively the Hawkeyes are sound as usual. Only one team - Iowa State - has scored more than 19 points on Iowa this season. For Ohio State the theme this week is to just keep rolling. The Buckeyes are really hitting their stride on offense now, and it will be interesting to watch them go up against this Iowa defense. Ohio State should prevail, but don't expect an exciting game like last week.   Ohio State 31, Iowa 17  

Gregg:  Since October 7th, Ohio State had only one home game, it is not easy be on the road that much. I still think that last year part of the reason they lost to Penn State was having to play in Wisconsin and the Nittany Lions on the road back-to-back.  Those are two of the hardest places to play in the conference. Kinnick Stadium can be just as hard to escape with a victory. In 2010, the last time the Bucks were there, Terrelle Pryor (yes, it has been that long since OSU traveled to Iowas City) had a key run on a 4th in long which kept the drive going, leading to the winning TD. Another big win came in 1990, you can read Joe-S-U's great write-up on the game in his "Greatest Drives" series (link). Will it take a big comeback for Ohio State to survive Saturday, perhaps.  Keep in mind this is the same Iowa team that defeated Iowas State earlier in the season. The Scarlet & Gray need to be focused from the opening kick and take care of business. A steady diet of Dobbins and Weber should do the trick. There is no way JT can have the same kind of game he had last week but he will do well enough to keep the Hawkeye defense honest, and keep his name in the Heisman race.   Ohio State 31  Iowa 10

Jason:  Ohio State is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East after the dramatics a week ago against Penn State. The Buckeyes are dominating the rivalry with the Hawkeyes, winning 13 of the last 14 meetings but this will be Urban Meyer’s first trip to Kinnick Stadium which is the only stadium in which he has not won nor played in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are back in the national championship chase after coming from behind to beat Penn State last week 39-38 as quarterback JT Barrett directed the Buckeyes on two quick touchdown drives in the last 6 minutes combined with a defensive stop that sealed the win. The Buckeyes dominated every aspect of the game except the scoreboard, outgaining the Nittany Lions 529-283 and outrushing them 201-91 and holding Heisman candidate Saquon Barkley to just 67 yards from scrimmage, 36 of which came on one play. The win also solidified J.T. Barrett as a legitimate Heisman candidate as well as he accounted for over 400 yards of offense with 4 TD passes. The Hawkeyes bounced back from an overtime loss to Northwestern two weeks ago to beat Minnesota last week 17-10. Iowa only totaled 315 yards of offense but held Minnesota to 281. On the season, the Hawkeyes' three defeats have come by a total of 16 points. The strength of the Hawkeye offense is RB Akrum Wadley who has rushed for 643 yards and 5 scores on the year and has caught 19 balls out of the backfield for 268 yards and 3 TD’s. He will be challenged to run it this week as Barkley found out. I expect Ohio State to dominate the line of scrimmage and have little trouble moving the ball as the explosive offense continues its assault on Big Ten opponents. While some may view this as a trap game, Urban Meyer just has to put on the tape of Penn State’s visit to Iowa to get his guys focused. Look for Ohio State to control the game early and roll to an easy win.   Ohio State 42  Iowa 10  

Joe-S-U:  Ohio State   

John:  Ohio State  

jOShUa  I am still suffering from emotional fatigue after that crazy comeback by our Buckeyes to beat Penn State. I feel like in the game we weren't just playing against Penn State, but the zebras and ourselves. Too many mistakes early, including the kickoffs. Urban even mentioned that both kickers can't kick the ball into the end zone efficiently. i think there needs to be more communication on kick offs because Barkley noticed our strategy and moved over to become a lead blocker, which helped with the 52 yard return. Despite all of that, JT Barrett was almost flawless in the 4th, going 16 of 16 for his last passes, and 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Iowa has me fighting chance still to compete for the Big 10 West, but I think the Buckeyes will roll into Iowa City for the first time since 2010 and take win. They know what is at stake and the continual parallel of the 2014 season continues. Iowa has a solid defense, with 2 players named semifinalists for the Berdinark, and a solid running game with Wadley, but that's all they have.   Ohio State 42 - Iowa 14  

Dr. Mark:  OSU 34-20,  have to win out from here  

PJSBuck:  The afterglow of the Penn State victory is alive for me. But, we must move on. We will beat Iowa but they are always tough, well-coached and fundamentally sound. I hope our guys don't let down their guard. After being rated 6th in the playoff rankings that should provide some motivation to show the college football world we are for real. I can easily see a close game in the first half but Iowa doesn't have a lot of big-play makers. I will go with: Ohio State 35 Iowa 24. Can we PLEASE see some improvement in special teams, please??

Pia Pete:  OSU will not escape this game if the special teams and turnovers don’t improve.   OSU 49 – UI 17  

Coach Rick:  I think that this will be a good game for one quarter.  I have OSU winning 49 to 10.

Steven:  After last week I'm through predicting the how. That was almost too much craziness for most diehards to take. We'll gladly take the angina, ulcers and the occasional uncontrollable screaming if it ends up with results like Saturday's, but jeez, it may be time for a slightly less tense game. The Hawkeyes are just what the doctor ordered. Not to say this will be a cakewalk. Iowa is always tough in Kinnick Stadium. On the OSU side, there has to be a bit of a comedown from such a big victory, so let's just hope for a pedestrian outing from JT, 200 in the air and 50 on the ground and just let JK Dobbins and Mike Weber do the rest. I'd hate to see it, with Heisman Trophy implications, but if we're up enough, sit JT in the second half. The black alternate unis on the other side will be interesting to watch, but that probably will be about it.  OSU 44-20 

Trout:  The Buckeyes will win this game. I don't think it will be a cake walk, but I do think the Buckeyes will win the game by a few scores. Iowa is in no way a good team, but they have presented a challenge for a few good teams this season. They beat the surprisingly good Iowa State, and gave Penn State a game. Having said that, Ohio State is still better in every facet of the game, maybe except for special teams. JT should be able to give put up numbers and keep him in the Heisman race, while Dobbins and Weber should be able to run up and down the field. I think Iowa keeps it close initially, but Ohio State's vastly superior offense and defense will widen the gap between them. Bucks win comfortably.   (Ohio State, 38-17)  

​Final Score:  Iowa 55   Ohio State 24
                   (6-3)             (7-2)
 (4)Clemson  @  (20)NC State
(Favorite: Clemson  - 8 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Clemson - Could be interesting, but Clemson should be more focused after losing to Syracuse a few weeks back.  

Cory:  Coming off a disappointing loss to Notre Dame last week, things only get tougher for North Carolina State this week. The Wolfpack play host to Clemson this week. A upset win would all but clinch the ACC-Atlantic for NC State, but it's tough to see that happening. The Tigers rebounded from their upset loss to Syracuse with a solid 28-10 win over Georgia Tech last week. Despite playing at home, the Wolfpack won't be able to pull off the upset. Clemson runs the ball really well, and we saw last week that NC State gave up over 300 rushing yards to the Fighting Irish.   Clemson 28, North Carolina State 14  

Gregg:  Clemson seems to be enjoying the perks of their early season wins over Virginia Tech and Auburn as they find themselves in 4th place in the first place in the current payoff standings. As big as this game is between the Tigers and the Wolfpack, it would have been even bigger had NC State beat the Irish last week. That loss probably puts NC State out of the playoff chase but they remain in the ACC title hunt and a victory over Clemson would be a huge step in the right direction. Last year the Wolfpack should have won in Death Valley but missed a chip shot field goal as time expired. Instead they lost in overtime. There could be a bit of a revenge factor that comes into play this year in Raleigh, but will it be enough? Dabo has the boys focused but it is very clear they will only go as far as Kelly Bryant's ankle can take them. Clemson still has their ultimate playoff fate in their own hands and will take control of the ACC Atlantic division with a win this weekend.   Clemson 35  NC State 24  

Jason:  The Atlantic division title is on the line as Clemson faces their biggest challenge to date in Raleigh against the Wolfpack. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant returned from an injury sustained in the loss at Syracuse to complete 22 of 33 passes with 2 TD’s and rushing for a game-high 67 yards in a 24-10 win over Georgia Tech. A win for the Wolfpack against Clemson means N.C. State would head to the ACC title game for the first time as long as it wins one more game on its schedule which includes at Boston College, at Wake Forest and home against North Carolina.

In N.C. State’s defeat at Notre Dame, running back Nyheim Hines sprained his ankle in the first quarter and will be a game time decision. Prior to that game, he had 3 consecutive games with 100+ yards on the ground. Quarterback Ryan Finley hadn’t thrown an interception in 274 passes this season until the third quarter against the Irish. A year ago, NC State came within a missed 33 yard field goal from winning in Clemson which would’ve eliminated Clemson’s playoff hopes, which as we all know ended with the Tigers hoisting the trophy. If Hines gets back, he will take the pressure off of Finley who has been very efficient. Look for NC State to load up the box to force Bryant to beat him with his arm and put a spy on him to keep him from hurting them with his feet. If the defense can slow Bryant, the offense will make enough plays behind Finely and this year NC State will eliminate Clemson from the playoff hunt at home.   NC State 28 Clemson 24  

Joe-S-U:  Clemson  

John:  Clemson  

jOShUa Clemson seems to be back after the loss to Syracuse, and NC State ran into the Fighting Irish momentum. I am still not sold on Notre Dame just yet, but I am also not sold on NC State. Besides Barrett, Finley is the only qb in the power 5 schools to only have thrown 1 interception in their first 8 games. Clemson's defensive line is pretty solid and provide some pressure, but I think with this game being in Raleigh, NC State faithful will be ready. They just need to contain Bryant, who is elusive and extends plays for the Tigers. I think they are on paper good, but I am not sold yet on Clemson. I am going to pick NC State in this one, after almost winning this game last year in OT.   NC State 28 - Clemson 24  

Dr. Mark:  Clemson 37 -24,  still highly thought of but could get upset this week  

PJSBuck:  Should be a good game but won't. I expect Clemson's defense to stuff the Wolfpack.   Clemson by 21

Pia Pete:  Clemson puts the smack down on NC State.   Clemson 46 – NCS 20  

Coach Rick:  I would like to see Clemson lose, but I do not see it happening in this game.  I have Clemson on top 24 to 14.

Steven:  Can the Wolfpack bounce back from a damaging loss to Notre Dame? I'm not sure. That loss had to be pretty deflating. But NC State quarterback Ryan Finley is good and should be able to bounce back. Unfortunately, he can't do it all. The 'Pack doesn't run the ball effectively enough to control the clock, and if they can't keep Clemson's offense off the field it will be a long day in Raleigh. The Tiger D will come to play and it looks like a repeat of last week's score.   Clemson 35-14

Trout:  This game will be very close. Clemson is obviously the top team in their conference. However, the Wolfpack has had a really good year. On paper, the Clemson tigers are the better team, but I do believe NC state will challenge them. Through out the year, the reigning champs have played down to their competition. I think both teams will score a few times, but in the end, Clemson's defense will be the deciding factor. Although I think their offense has been rocky at time, they still have a top 10 defense. They will do just enough, to slow down the Wolfpack. The Clemson Tigers, pull off a narrow victory and jump to the top of the Atlantic division of the ACC.   (Clemson 24-17)  

GameDay:   Desmond Howard, Thurman Thomas, Lee Corso and Kirk Herstreit all go with Clemson.

​Final Score:  Clemson 38   NC State 31
                        (8-1)               (6-3)
 (5)Oklahoma  @  (11)Oklahoma State
(Favorite: Oklahoma State  - 1 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Oklahoma - Tough one to call here; Okie State hasn't played and Oklahoma is probably the better team. I will call for OU to pull the upset on the road. 

Cory:  The game this week between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State should be the game of the week. We have two potential playoff teams. We have two of the best quarterbacks in the nation - Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma and Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State. Also, these two teams really don't like each other. The Cowboys have won just two of the last 14 games in this series. It would seem that they are due. Additionally, the Sooners have not been playing good football recently, struggling in close wins over Baylor, Texas, and Kansas State. The offense is there but the defense has been inconsistent. Despite all of that, it's hard to see Oklahoma State pulling off the upset here. Oklahoma is a better team than recent results indicate, and until Oklahoma State proves they're ready to join the elite the Sooners will continue to control this rivalry.   Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 28  

Dave:  xxxxx

Gregg:  Both of these teams know what is at stake in this game. The winner is on top of the Big 12 and still in the playoff mix. The loser will be hoping to make it to the Big 12 championship with help, but will be clearly out of the playoff. Baker Mayfield has had too many close games to not be ready for this.  He came back to win this game and get to the playoffs.  Will give the Sooners the edge in a close game.   Oklahoma 31  Oklahoma State 28  

Jason:  The annual Bedlam game takes place in Stillwater and both schools are dreaming playoff dreams. The Sooners own Bedlam bragging rights in the rivalry, winning 12 of the last 14 meetings. The Cowboys hope to turn those trends around when they host the Sooners for a big game in the Big 12 on Saturday afternoon and this is a special Oklahoma State team. OU has won its last three since losing to Iowa State after dismantling a weak Texas Tech last week 49-27 despite trailing at the end of a quarter. The Sooners led by QB Baker Mayfield, cranked out 617 yards of offense, including 336 on the ground but the defense stepped up late to stymie the Tech offense. The Cowboys only loss of the season came last month against TCU, and have since won 4 in a row including a 50-39 win at West Virginia last week. Oklahoma State jumped out to a 30-10 lead and coasted despite WVU creeping back to get within 7. The Pokes outrushed West Virginia 246-62 and the defense held the high-scoring Mountaineers to just 347 total yards of offense, 200 below their season average. Led by Heisman Candidate QB Mason Rudolph, the porous Sooner secondary could have a difficult time. Oklahoma can score as well and Baker Mayfield is a Heisman candidate in his own right. This game feels like a coin flip but playing at home, I’ll take the Cowboys in a shootout in an instant classic.   Oklahoma State 42  Oklahoma 38  

Joe-S-U:  Oklahoma State  

John:  Oklahoma State  

jOShUa This is probably the game of the year for the Big 12, and the winner controls their destiny for the Big 12. A Sooner loss I don't think hurts us, but it does help us out in terms of overall should we win out and Notre Dame or a 1 loss Alabama/Georgia is lingering. This should be a nice shoot out, and there is a 4 way tie for 1st in the Big 12 between these two teams, TCU, and ... Iowa State! Remember, the Big 12 will have a Championship game this season, so the loser of this one might not make the playoffs, but does have a chance to win the conference. I think Oklahoma State wins this one in Bedlam, but a rematch between these two teams at the end of the year with the Sooners winning.   Oklahoma State 45 - Oklahoma 42

Dr. Mark:  OK ST 38-25,  pick the small upset here Sooners may be over confident  

PJSBuck:  This SHOULD be an awesome game to watch - lots of fun and action. This is easily my Game of the Week. I think Oklahoma State will over-power the Sooner defense. I am going with the perceived upset and Cowboys by 8.

Pia Pete:  The Sooners eliminate OSU from the playoffs.   OU 30 – OSU 20  

Coach Rick:  After the 1st BCS rankings came out, I think Oklahoma will have a new focus for the remainder of the season.  I have the Sooners winning 35 to 21.

Steven:  I'm torn on who to root for in this one. I'd love to see OU in the playoff because I think they have earned it, (so far), but they do pose a threat to the Buckeyes if it comes down to who might get left out. It would be hard to imagine a scenario where OSU would be left out if they go undefeated in their next 4 games plus the Big Ten Championship game, but, head to head still holds a lot of weight in many people's minds. I'd rather see that be a non-issue, so GO COWBOYS!!!!! I actually think they get it done.    OSU 35-31 

Trout:  This might be the week that the Sooner's luck runs out. The last 3 weeks they have had to come from behind to beat teams that they should have steamrolled. Outside of Ohio State and TCU, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are probably the best team that the Sooners will play this season. They have a very dynamic offense, that strikes quick and strikes often. One thing in Oklahoma's favor is that the Cowboys don't have a good defense. This game will end up being a shoot out. But I just don't think Oklahoma will keep up with the Cowboy, even with a Heisman caliber Quarterback in Baker Mayfield. In a game where 90+ points will be scored, the Oklahoma State Cowboys' powerful offense will push them ahead of the Sooners.   (Oklahoma State, 49-41)  

Vaughn:  xxxxx  

GameDay:  Desmond Howard, guest picker Thurman Thomas and Lee Corso expect the Cowboys to win. Kirk Herbstreit thinks Baker and the boys take care of business on the road.

​Final Score:  Oklahoma xx   Oklahoma State xx
                  (7-1)                     (7-1)
 (19)LSU  @  (2)Alabama
(Favorite: Alabama  - 21 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Alabama - I tend to think the Tide rolls in this one. They may be ranked 2nd in the Playoff initial poll, but they are the best team in the country right now.  

Cory:  Following the upset loss to Troy, LSU reeled off three impressive wins beating Florida, Auburn, and Ole Miss. Yet, are those wins all that impressive? Florida just parted ways with coach Jim McElwain, Ole Miss has lost five of their last six, and Auburn doesn't have a single signature win this season. Alabama enters the game undefeated - what a shock - having beaten nobody of any consequence. Is it possible for the Crimson Tide to fly under the radar? Right now it sort of feels like that. This game should be a big game, and yet, I can't get excited at all for it. In case Alabama needed any motivation, the Crimson Tide were ranked second in the initial College Football Playoff rankings so expect them to come out motivated this week.   Alabama 28, LSU 10  

Dave:  xxxxx

Gregg:  Some were probably surprised to see the Tide done in the #2 position in the initial playoff poll for the 2017 season. After all, isn't there name hard coded in the top position? I will check with Paul Finebaum and get back with you. Anyone that follows college football knows that, at this point in the season, their schedule does not stack up with many of the top tier teams, including Georgia. To be honest, I was more surprised that LSU was as high as they are or even in the poll for that matter with their sound defeat by the 'Men of Troy'. That of course is the Troy Trojans, not the USC Trojans. It must be their big win over Chattanooga that impressed the committee. I am sure it will sort itself out after their loss to the Tide. Hurt and Harris will have career games this week an prove to be too  much for the Tigers. If ever the Alabama cheer was ever appropriate, this is the week. Roll Tide!   Alabama 45  LSU 9  

Jason:  Who would’ve thought LSU would control its own destiny in the SEC West at this point in the season especially with how their season started? The Tigers have had two weeks off after going on a 3 game SEC winning streak. Thanks to the win over Auburn, if they can get by Alabama, they finish with Arkansas, at Tennessee and Texas A&M, and on to the SEC Title game. Alabama has also had two weeks to prepare and the challenge for the Bayou Bengals is moving the football. The LSU O-line has struggled and it’s about to get attacked like they haven’t been attacked before. LSU will have to rely on quick passing to control the tempo because running the ball may not be an option. The Tigers have done a great job taking care of the football this year and defensively they are talented enough to keep it close but unfortunately Bama’s defense is just too good for an inept offense to move the ball. This game could be close for a while but the Tide will wear on the LSU defense who will spend an inordinate amount of time on the field and Bama will pull away.   Alabama 35  LSU 10  

Joe-S-U:  Alabama  

John:  Alabama  

jOShUa Like Urban Meyer, give Saban a week to prepare for a team, and a good chance he is winning. LSU is a decent team, but lets not ignore they lost to Troy. I think the pollsters are keeping LSU in it to help boost Alabama's schedule because they are very much like Wisconsin, with no signature win. With this game being in Alabama, I expect the tide to roll.   Alabama 35 - LSU 7  

Dr. Mark:  Bama 38-21,  tough to pick against Tide but ill root for LSU  

PJSBuck:  Of course I would love an LSU upset but that's not in the cards.  Tide with their stupid elephant mascot by 20 or more

Pia Pete:  Alabama continues its domination.   Bama 45 – LSU 14  

Coach Rick:   Alabama will be challenged a little this weekend.  'Bama wins 42 to 24.

Steven:  LSU coach Ed Orgeron went from feel-good favorite to on his way out to possibly the redemption story of the year all in a couple of weeks. If he could pull this one off he'd have a place in LSU lore for years to come. But alas, Ed is not Nick Saban, and the Tigers are not in the same class as the Crimson Tide. Even so, the Tide is beatable. They are not the juggernaut they once were. This one could be closer than many expect.    'Bama 24-21 

Trout:  This game is always crazy. it would be easy to say that the Crimson Tide will win this game. But I don't think it will be that simple. LSU has somehow turned their season around, when early it looked like Coach O was going to be fired. And not to mention, Alabama has yet to play anyone. Their marquee non conference match up against Florida State has turned out not to be that great of a victory. Having said that, Alabama is still rolling over these cupcake teams. I think the game will be close. But in the end, Alabama is still the better team. They will find a way to win a hard hitting, sloppy game against the LSU Tigers. Although it wont be easy, the Crimson Tide remain unbeaten. (Alabama, 20-14)  

Vaughn:  xxxxx  

GameDay:  Desmond Howard, Thurman Thomas, Lee Corso and Kirk Herstreit all go with Alabama.

​Final Score:  Alabama xx   LSU xx
                          (x-x)         (x-x)
 (13)Virginia Tech  @  (10)Miami
(Favorite: Miami  - 2 1/2)

Bbaver:  The Pick: Virginia Tech - Tough call again. Miami has played over their heads and probably succumbs to the pressure of being undefeated in November.  

Cory:  This is going to be an interesting game. Virginia Tech appears to be a legit team, with the Hokies only loss coming to Clemson. Miami, on the other hand, still has question marks. Yes, the Hurricanes are undefeated but every game is a close one. Their last four wins were by eight points or less, and those didn't exactly come against good teams. In fact, looking at the entire schedule the only quality win Miami has is a one-point win over Georgia Tech. Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier continues to get it done, with 2,071 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions. That said, playing against Virginia Tech will be a much tougher test for Rosier and the Hurricanes. Since losing to Clemson, the Hokies have given up just 20 total points in three games. It does not seem likely that Miami's record will remain spotless after this week.   Virginia Tech 31, Miami 24  

Dave:  xxxxx

Gregg:  I believe Miami has been very fortunate to remain unbeaten, today that fortune changes.  Virginia Tech 35  Miami 24  

Jason:  In a big game in the ACC, one loss Virginia Tech visits undefeated Miami on Saturday night.

The Hokies upped their current winning streak to three after a 24-3 victory over Duke last week. The Hokies outgained Duke 387-183, including 187-101 on the ground. The Hokies have now outgained each of their last seven opponents, four of them by 200 yards or more. Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson has thrown for 18 TD’s and 4 interceptions.  

The Canes upped their winning streak to 12 games, the longest in college football, with a 24-19 victory at North Carolina last week. It took a late fumble recovery to secure the win after allowing Carolina to come back from two scores back to make it interesting. QB Malik Rosier completed 16 of 38 for 356 yards with three touchdowns. Despite being unbeaten, the Canes have really struggled of late and Tech is rolling, confident and dangerous. The Hokies come away with a big road win and take control of the ACC Coastal.   VT 28  Miami 17 

Joe-S-U:  Miami  

John:  Miami  

jOShUa Virginia Tech is a good team, and Miami has yet to really face a team with a winning record. However, Miami is winning. Normally, home field advantage would be a factor for most teams, but the 8,000 fans who will be there at Hard Rock Cafe Stadium will see the Hurricanes take a loss.   Virginia Tech 24 - Miami 17  

Dr. Mark:  Miami 24-21, honestly not sure how to pick this game

PJSBuck:  Yes, a true elimination game and should ALSO be fun to watch. I will go with Miami by 6 in a rock-em, sock-em game.

Pia Pete:  VT hands the Canes their first loss.   VT 24 – UM 17  

Coach Rick:  This will be the best game of the weekend. I have to go with the home team in a Miami win 31 to 28.

Steven:  Miami has been living on borrowed time. They've squeaked by nearly every opponent they have faced and their ticket will come due. The Hokies are TRULY the under the radar team right now. Their only loss is to Clemson, and outside of that 14 point loss, they have outscored their opponents 266-61. Even taking into account the 31-17 loss they average a 35-11 advantage over their opponents. I don't care if this is on the road. The U pulled rabbits out of their hat to beat a much inferior Georgia Tech, (albeit in a pretty bad rainstorm). Against a team with a real defense, I say the go down, hard.   VT 38-10 

Trout:  I think the Hokies win this game, but it will be very close. Both teams have had good years, but neither have lit the world on fire. They have been squeaking by bad teams, and neither have a marquee win. Both teams average around the same yards offensively, but what might be the deciding factor is the Hokies defense. The average 284.5 yards allowed a game, while, the Hurricanes average 377.4 yards allowed a game. I see the game being very tight and very low scoring, possibly ending on a field goal. end the end, the Hokies do just enough offensively, to best the Canes.   (Virginia Tech, 17-14) 

Vaughn:  xxxxx  

Rod Gerald (1975-78):  Miami beat VT, Canes are undefeated with 2 talented qbs. Former Georgia Coach Mark Richt has canes seeing playoff berth & possible first title run in some time, it appears the undefeated season will continue for Miami. 

GameDay:  Desmond Howard and Thurman Thomas put their faith in the 'U', Lee Corso is going with the Hokies. 

​Final Score:  Miami xx   Virginia Tech xx
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33 - 12
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32 - 13
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28 - 17
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