Streaking the Lawn ACC Pick 'Em: Week 1

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Our "expert" ATS picks for Week 1 of NCAA action:

Earlier this week, Matt Trogdon wrote about the Vegas odds for this weekend's ACC games.

Now, your STL staff will put their money where their mouths are (not really) in our ACC Pick 'Em challenge. And we invite YOU, loyal readers, to join in!

Our picks this week are below, with the all-important "STL Consensus" out to the right. Check 'em out, read our "analysis" (a loose term), then drop your picks down in the comments.

We'll track our week-to-week performance. We ask you to do the same, weekly. The three commenters at the end of the regular season with the highest % of correct picks (minimum 80% of games picked) will win "Keep Calm and Streak the Lawn" T-Shirts.

Without further ado, here are week 1's games (with lines from VegasInsider.com)

Game Brian S Brian L Caroline Will Tiki Justin Matt T. Paul Tim Consensus
UNC @ USC (-12.5) USC USC UNC UNC USC USC UNC USC USC USC (6-3)
La Tech @ NCSU (-14.5) NCSU NCSU NCSU NCSU LTech NCSU La Tech LTech NCSU NCSU (6-3)
Elon @ Georgia Tech (-46) Elon Elon GT Elon GT Elon GT Elon Elon Elon (6-3)
FIU @ Maryland (-22) FIU Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU (5-4)
Villanova @ Boston College (-16.5) BC Villanova Villanova Villanova BC BC BC Villanova Villanova Villanova (5-4)
FAU @ Miami (-32) Miami Miami Miami Miami Miami FAU Miami Miami Miami Miami (8-1)
Presbyterian @ Wake Forest (-38) Wake Presbyterian Wake Presbyterian Presbyterian Presbyterian Wake Presbyterian Presbyterian Presbyterian (6-3)
PSU (-8) @ Syracuse PSU PSU PSU PSU Cuse PSU Syracuse PSU PSU PSU (7-2)
Georgia (-1.5) @ Clemson Georgia Georgia Clemson Clemson Georgia Clemson Clemson Georgia Georgia Georgia (5-4)
NC Central @ Duke (-33) NC Central Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke NC Central Duke (7-2)
Alabama (-20) vs. Virginia Tech Bama VT Bama Bama VT Bama Bama Bama Bama Bama (7-2)
BYU (-1) @ Virginia UVA UVA UVA BYU BYU UVA BYU UVA UVA UVA (6-3)
FSU (-10.5) @ Pitt Pitt FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU (8-1)

#HOTSPROTSTAKES:

UNC @ USC (-12.5)

Clowney may literally tear Brynn Renner's head off. And I will shed not one single tear when he does. -PMW

La Tech @ NCSU (-14.5)

This isn't quite the La. Tech team that stole a win in Scott Stadium last season. NCSU covers at home. -BAS

Elon @ Georgia Tech (-46)

Elon isn't going to win. But holy hamburger 46 pts is an enormous spread. -PMW

FIU @ Maryland (-22)

Maryland...meh. -MT

Villanova @ Boston College (-16.5)

Villanova is an FCS powerhouse. BC is...not an FBS powerhouse. Wouldn't be shocked to see Villanova win outright. -PMW

FAU @ Miami (-32)

Wasn't FAU mentioned in a Rick Ross song? Or was that FAMU? Either way, Miami is going to steam roll. -CD

Presbyterian @ Wake Forest (-38)

LOL at Wake doing Wake things. What do you mean they beat us last year? Sad Panda. -BL

PSU (-8) @ Syracuse

I don't see Penn State missing 147 field goals to lose this one. Wait. I'm supposed to be rooting for the ACC school? Syracuse is in the ACC? Crap. -TM

Georgia (-1.5) @ Clemson

The ACC has shown little ability to compete with SEC foes. Clemson has a good shot at doing so in what should be a wild Death Valley, but Georgia (who has covered 8 straight times as road favorite) escapes. -BAS

NC Central @ Duke (-33)

At some point after watching Virginia lose four of the past five contests against Duke, I realized that I just have to start believing. Yep, I just said that. Do we really have six of us picking Duke to win by more than 33? -BL

Alabama (-20) vs. Virginia Tech

I really don't see VPISU having a chance on this one, no matter how many keys are jingled. Saban's boys take this easily...and they better. I can't take Hokie bragging this early in September. -CD

BYU (-1) @ Virginia

WAHOOWA! Need I say more? Yes, we are homers...but the beauty of picking ATS is that there's no such thing as a "bad" bet. -BAS

FSU (-10.5) @ Pitt

FSU has top ten talent. Pitt...doesn't. Pitt's first game in the ACC will not be a fun one for them. - PG

Best of luck to all!

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