However, we're still going to run with our weekly picks of the ACC games. Largely, because the ESPN pick'em doesn't cover many of the ACC games, but also because we're dying to tell everyone what we think every week. (Note: I'm not including Syracuse and Pitt - because they're still irrelevant Big East teams). Also, we'll be having guest pickers each week as well - new faces as well as some returning experts. Get excited.
Someone recently tried to convince me that this week's guest picker is something of a local celebrity around the Hook. While I'm not buying it, here's a picture of him with some actual celebrities:
|Ian Solla-Yates and the Watson twins, ladies and gents|
There's actually a fair amount of intriguing matchups in the conference to start the season, so let's get to it:
Tennessee (-3) vs. NC State
Kendall: State helps the ACC begin to reclaim some lost respect.
Mike: People are going to sleep on the wolfpack nationally, but not for long. I think they make a big statement here, and have Derek Dooley one game closer to being on the UVA staff.
Pierce: State should win outright, but at least cover the spread.
Ian: NC State wins. The Wolfpack seems to be the only team immune to the SEC's spell over the ACC and tennessee is never that great. My least hated north carolina team wins.
Auburn vs. Clemson (-3.5)
Tigers of SEC: Mike, Pierce, Ian
Tigers of ACC: Kendall
Kendall: Clem's son does his part, too.
Mike: Not sure I'm all in on Clemson without Samuel Watkins...
Pierce: Clemson will blow it.
Ian: If last season is any indicator of what Clemson can do when they are the clear favorites for a game, then it's Auburn with the upset. I'm picking Auburn.
Miami (-2) at Boston College
Kendall: Dazzling low spread for the Canes here. I think they win by 3 TDs, easily.
Mike: I will never take BC in a game this year. EVER.
Pierce: Easy money here. Miami should win by 2 scores at least.
Ian: Miami wins. Boston College was terrible when they had their best player. Miami won't have any trouble here.
Florida International at Duke (-3.5)
...Panthers?: Kendall, Mike
Blue Devils: Pierce, Ian
Kendall: FIU is one of my guilty pleasures. They have upside to be the 4th best program in the state of Florida.
Mike: FIU wins my Heather Dinich Memorial "Sneaky Good" team for this week.
Pierce: Ugh...Duke at home? Cmon they can't lose to FIU can they?
Ian: FUI wins, in the long run, I mean. I bet they're getting paid a shit ton for their joke of a team to fly up to Dook's track/football field and lose by a lot. I'm sure FUI's classic department will be sitting pretty, though.
Murray State at Florida State (no spread)
Kendall: Blood letting.
Mike: You can go ahead and give me FSU -100
Pierce: Joke of a game.
Ian: A team that consists of Andy Murray and Murray from Flight of the Conchords would be more entertaining. FSU will have no problem here.
William & Mary at Maryland (ns)
Garbage: Kendall, Pierce, Ian
Kendall: Tempted to pick the W&M upset, but not quite ballsy enough.
Mike: We've all seen this. Maryland is truly awful. Not just the fan in me saying that, the person with vision saying it.
Pierce: Maryland is so bad, but something tells me that they win by a lot here.
Ian: Probably the most likely upset for a FCS team this weekend, but I still think Maryland wins. On the other hand, fuck Maryland.
Elon at North Carolina (ns)
Phoenix: No one
Tar Holes: Todos
Kendall: Easy pick.
Mike: Fedora will try and send a statement by putting up some ungodly numbers this game. And I really like Renner.
Pierce: Go Elon! Not they have a chance.
Ian: UNC wins, but fuck UNC.
Richmond at Virginia (ns)
Kendall: We are going to crush U of R.
Mike: Wahoowa motherfuckers
Pierce: Good lord we better win by a lot.
Ian: HOOOOOOOOOS!! We're going to win big.
Liberty at Wake Forest (ns)
Kendall: Wake does their thing here.
Mike: Sorry Jerry.
Pierce: Easiest game next to FSU's.
Ian: Can the power of Jesus and Zombie Jerry Falwell overcome actual football skill? No. WF wins.
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (-7.5)
Al Groh: Mike
Little Brother: Kendall, Pierce, Ian
Kendall: Not buying GT this season, sorry.
Mike: I'll also take the under at 3.5 points please
Pierce: I'd spot VPI double the spread, easy.
Ian: as the famous cheer goes, "hokie hokie hokie hie, fuck fuck VPI" Georgia Tech can start strong and it's not rare for VPI to drop an early season game. Still, I don't see VPI losing an ACC game this early in the season. Hokies win, but I still hate them. Also, Al Groh sucks.