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   Posted by Will Ojanen at  9/5/2013 7:50:22 PM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
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Last week: 13-0

Wake Forest vs. Boston College

A rare Friday night conference game kicks off the slate of games this week. Both teams were victorious over FCS schools last week, as Wake Forest steam rolled Presbyterian, and Boston College struggled, but still held off Villanova. Wake should have Michael Campanaro back for this game, which will be a huge help in the passing game. Tanner Price looked rather pedestrian against Presbyterian, going 15-27. The Eagles threw the ball more than I expected, but still relied heavily on the running, but don't expect that to change much. I think the Eagles will ride Andre Williams to a victory. Boston College 23, Wake Forest 19

Florida vs. Miami

These two in state rivals are meeting for the first time since 2008, and Florida won that won, allowing just 140 yards of offense in that game. Miami should surpass that total in this game, because this team is a lot more talented than that team. And most importantly, that team didn't have Duke Johnson. Both of these teams run the ball really well, and the passing games are good enough. But my biggest key to this game is who will make stops on defense. I like Florida's defense more, so I will pick them to win. Florida 21, Miami 17

Middle Tennessee vs. North Carolina

Well, at least UNC doesn't have to deal with Jadeveon Clowney this week. They get to meet the Blue Raiders for the first time, and they were impressive in defeating Western Carolina, rushing for 270 yards. They won't get that against UNC. The Heels had two extra days to recover from the South Carolina defeat, and that will be a huge help. Expect Bryn Renner to do pretty much anything he wants to do on the Blue Raiders defense, and UNC should win easily. North Carolina 38, Middle Tennessee 14

South Carolina State vs. Clemson

Do I really have to preview this game? I guess I technically don't, but I'll appease the Clemson fans. All you need to know about South Carolina State is that they from the MEAC conference, went 5-6 last year, and lost their opening matchup 27-20 to Coastal Carolina.  And if you're interested in knowing, they are the Bulldogs. But you're not really going to learn anything off of this game. Clemson 66, South Carolina 6

Western Carolina vs. Virginia Tech

If there is a person who needs a big game, it's Logan Thomas. He completed just 19% of his passes against Alabama, and his confidence has to be shaken a little. But Western Carolina is nowhere near the same zip code as Alabama in terms of talent, so Thomas should be much better. He did get a surprisingly big game from Trey Edmunds, and they could have J.C. Coleman back for this game. Regardless, the Hokies should win handily. Virginia Tech 31, Western Carolina 7

Oregon vs. Virginia

 For the second straight week, Virginia gets to face an up tempo offense. The only difference is this offense actually knows what it's doing. That's not to take away from how well Virginia played on defense against BYU, because they were impressive on defense, especially Anthony Harris and Eli Harold. Oregon rolled Nicholls State, a FCS team that won one game last year (against a Division II team), and allowed Oregon to put up 66 points and 772 yards of offense, and the Ducks only had the ball for just under 20 minutes. Oregon's not going to put up those kind of stats, but expect Marcus Mariota to do whatever he wants on the ground and through the air, and the Ducks should roll. Oregon 41, Virginia 17

Old Dominion vs. Maryland

If there is a team that exceeded expectations in week one, it was Maryland. The Terps put up 40 points in the first half of their game against Florida International, and C.J. Brown was unstoppable offensively. He accounted for three touchdowns, and 386 of the team's 576 yards on offense last week. Old Dominion lost 52-38 in their season opener. The Monarchs are transitioning to the FBS level, and will play two more ACC opponents later in the season. Keep an eye out for quarterback Taylor Heinicke, a dual threat weapon who threw for three touchdowns, and ran for one in their loss last week. Expect the Terps to continue to roll with C.J. Brown, and win this one. Maryland 31, Old Dominion 10

Duke vs. Memphis

After pitching a shutout against NC Central last week, the Blue Devils make their first trip to Memphis, where they play a Tigers team making their season debut. They were 4-8 last season, winning their last three to close out 2012. They return 16 starters, and should be a much improved team than the one the Blue Devils faced in their 38-14 win last season. This one will be a little closer, but I don't think Memphis will be able to stop Duke's passing attack, and the Blue Devils should win. Duke 34, Memphis 20

Syracuse vs. Northwestern

After a tough loss at the hands of Penn State, the Orange face a Big Ten team for the second straight week. Northwestern won their season debut at Cal behind a strong rushing attack. The Orange managed just 260 yards of offense against Penn State, and I have concerns that their offense will cost them a lot this year. It will be better this week, but I don't think it will be good enough. Northwestern 31, Syracuse 21

Richmond vs. NC State

The NC State running game was really strong last week, rushing for 237 yards and four touchdown in their win over Louisiana Tech. And getting Shadrach Thornton back from suspension will bolster their rushing attack. The Spiders shut out VMI 34-0 last week in their season debut, allowing just 174 yards, and stopped VMI on all 12 of their third downs. Don't be surprised if NC State tops 200 yards on the ground again this week, and they should be able to beat the Spiders. NC State 35, Richmond 14

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