Virginia may be headed into a bye week, but the rest of the world somehow goes on. There are 7 ACC teams in action in out-of-conference games this week, and one conference showdown between Georgia Tech and Duke (is showdown too strong there?)
If you don't remember the rules: Post your picks for the 8 ACC games this week down in the comments. (Remember, we are picking against the spread; if you pick FSU in the Nevada-FSU matchup, you actually picking them to "cover the spread" and win by more than 34 points). Here's a link to last week's competition.
At the end of the season, the three commenters with the best records win "Keep Calm and Streak the Lawn" t-shirts! You only need to pick 80% of games to qualify, so if you haven't played yet, it's not too late to hop on in.
Week 3's staff picks are below...and we are still all getting beaten by a girl.
|Game||Caroline||Will||Tiki||Paul||Tim||Matt T.||Brian L||Brian S||Consensus|
|Nevada @ FSU (-34)||FSU||FSU||FSU||Nevada||FSU||FSU||FSU||FSU||FSU|
|Wagner @ Syracuse (-27)||Syracuse||Cuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse|
|New Mexico @ Pitt (-21.5)||New Mexico||New Mexico||New Mexico||Pitt||New Mexico||Pitt||New Mexico||New Mexico||New Mexico|
|Virginia Tech (-7.5) @ ECU||Virginia Tech||VPISU||VT||ECU||VPISU||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||VPISU|
|Maryland (-7) @ UConn||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland||Maryland|
|Louisana-Monroe @ Wake Forest (-3.5)||Wake Forest||Wake||ULM||ULM||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||ULM||Wake Forest||Wake Forest|
|Georgia Tech (-10.5) @ Duke||Duke||GT||GT||GT||GT||GT||GT||GT||GT|
|BC @ Southern Cal (-14)||Boston College||Boston College||USC||USC||USC||Boston College||USC||USC||USC|
|Wins to Date||15||14||14||12||12||12||11||7||13|
|Losses to Date||7||8||8||10||10||10||11||15||9|
|Pushes to Date||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
And here's some expert "analysis" of these picks.
|Nevada @ FSU (-34)||FSU||Alright, Florida State. You claim to be a Top 10 team? Let's see you flex those muscles. -BL|
|Wagner @ Syracuse (-27)||Syracuse||Wagner's home loss last week to a school called "Merrimack" doesn't inspire much confidence in their ability to keep this one close.-BS|
|New Mexico @ Pitt (-21.5)||New Mexico||Pitt shouldn't struggle at all with New Mexico, but 21.5 points is a huge point spread for a middling ACC squad like Pitt (that was weird to type) to cover. -BL|
|Virginia Tech (-7.5) @ ECU||VPISU||ECU looked pretty bad against a really bad FAU team. Yea, I hate myself too. - WC|
|Maryland (-7) @ UConn||Maryland||This might be the first time we have ever unanimously agreed on something positive for Maryland - TM|
|Louisana-Monroe @ Wake Forest (-3.5)||Wake Forest||Wake isn't great, but won't need to be to beat a Sun Belt team by more than a FG at home. -PG|
|Georgia Tech (-10.5) @ Duke||GT||I should be, but I'm just not a Duke believer yet. I think Georgia Tech's fancy option offense will prove too much for a still-up-and-coming Duke team. Devils, though a decent squad, get routed. -BL|
|BC @ Southern Cal (-14)||USC||BC looked pretty legit in blowing out Wake last week, but the Trojans, with the refs on their side (yep, still bitter), are a whole different animal -BS|
I tallied up the scores from the first two weeks - please feel free to check your numbers. I did it manually and, though I have yet to make a mistake in my life to date, there's a first time for everything.
|Participant||Week 1||Week 2||Overall||% Correct||% Picked*|
*Need >80% to qualify for prizes