Posted: 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
By A.J Black
The fourth week is in the books, and the biggest stunner so far has to be the Maryland Terrapins. The soon to be B1G team has risen from last in the conference, to a stunning fourth. And as much as we hate to admit it, they have made believers out of most of us on this blog. Without further delay, here is the rankings for this week.
Last Week: 1
Highest Selection: 1
Opponent: Wake Forest
Clemson 35 Wake Forest 17. If Clemson was going to "Clemson" a game this season, this would be the absolute worst for them to blow. I just don't see it happening. Wake is awful, and Clemson should be able to contain whatever Wake throws at them on offense. Easy win for the Tigers.
Last Week: 2
Highest Selection: 1
Lowest Selection: 2
Opponent: Boston College
Prediction: Florida State 38, Boston College 10. Apparently last week's beating of Bethune Cookman was enough for one voter to put FSU at the top of their ballot. I will get more into my prediction on the Boston College game in Final Thoughts post tomorrow, but put it this way, I think it's going to be ugly.
Last Week: 3
Highest Selection: 3
Opponent: South Florida Bulls
Prediction: Miami 42, South Florida 7. Again the Hurricanes come in as a unanimous #3. They get the Bulls this week, who could possibly be the worst FBS team in the country. They are awful, and the Hurricanes are going to do unholy things to them on Saturday.
Last Week: 5
Opponent: Virginia Tech
Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 Virginia Tech 7. A nice solid win last weekend for GT as they took the Tar Heels pretty easily. I am selling hard on the Hokies, and the Yellow Jacket defense is going to give the Hokies sputtering offense fits.
Last Week: 8
After weeks of having at least one doubter who kept Maryland low in the rankings, the Terrapins apparently won him over with a schalacking of West Virginia on Saturday. This team appears to be the real deal, C.J. Brown is an good ACC quarterback and the defense is legit. Suddenly the Terps have gone from a "should win" to a "tough game" for BC.
Last Week: 6
Highest Selection: 5
Opponent: Georgia Tech
Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 Virginia Tech 7. As I said before, I am selling hard on the Hokies. This team is a few losses away from falling to the basement of the ACC. Logan Thomas is not a Heisman candidate, he never was, and the offense is putrid. How VT is actually still ranked 6th is a testimony to that defense which has kept them in games they have no business winning.
Last Week: 4
Highest Selection: 6
Opponent: ECU Pirates
Prediction: UNC 24 ECU 21. North Carolina didn't have a great showing last weekend against the Yellow Jackets, but ECU who did well against the Hokies a few weeks back should be a win.
Last Week: 7
Opponent: Central Michigan
Prediction: NC State 38 Central Michigan 10. Have to give the Wolfpack credit, they did an admirable job last week against Clemson. Their defense did a solid job containing Tahj Boyd, and the NC State run game broke off some big runs. They just ran out of gas.
Last Week: 9
Prediction: Pittsburgh 38 UVA 35. A second straight week of an explosive offense for the Panthers as they racked up 50 plus points against Duke last weekend. But man their defense is awful. I'd expect a shoot out with the Hoos, with Pitt scoring just enough to win.
Last Week: 8
Prediction: Pittsburgh 38 UVA 35. See above.
Last Week: 11
Opponent: Florida State Seminoles
Prediction: FSU 38 Boston College 10. I really want to see BC be competitive in this game, I really do. I just can't envision them slowing down both the FSU running game and passing game all while having any sort of offense.
Last Week: 12
Opponent: Troy Trojans
Prediction: Duke 35 Troy 31. Just like Pittsburgh the Blue Devils showed that they have an explosive offense. However just like the Panthers they showed they don't have any semblance of a defense.
Last Week: 13
Syracuse took Tulane to the woodshed last weekend. None of our voters are buying them yet, but that will come if they can beat a legit team in the future.
Last Week: 14
Prediction: Clemson 35 Wake 17. Wake beat Army, after Josh Harris took control of the game last week, but it took a long time for the Demon Deacons to get there. And that's against Army. Clemson is a whole other beast, one with point fanged teeth and that can hurt you. And