Pick 'em: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State
Whatever your feelings are for Florida State, I would think this Saturday's ACC championship game matchup is almost perfect for Virginia Tech fans. While a rematch with North Carolina State and Russell Wilson would have been exciting, I think a potential title is more meaningful if the Hokies have gone through every elite foe in the ACC (except for maybe Maryland, I guess).
The only problem, though, is that Virginia Tech is in store for another game that likely won't be decided until the fourth quarter. And though the Hokies are four-point favorites as I write this, a winner will be decided based on the answer to three questions:
1) Can the Hokies' offensive line give Tyrod Taylor time to throw, and keep him healthy for the entire game?
2) Which team has the most effective running game?
3) Will Virginia Tech's turnover trend continue?
Another factor could be the weather in Charlotte on Saturday night. The forecast is calling for temperatures hovering around 40 degrees and a 40 percent chance of rain. That's similar to the balmy conditions here in Blacksburg this week (please note my sarcasm, since we've had flurries the past two days). But in Tallahassee, it's been in the sixties all week. Will the weather have an adverse effect on Florida State? I don't know, but it's definitely something to think about.
My prediction: Virginia Tech 27, Florida State 24 (and kicker Chris Hazley gets the first game-winning field goal of his career).
But what do you think? Who gets a trip to Miami for the Orange Bowl and who's forced to settle for Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A bowl?
| December 3, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
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