Weekend Selections, Week 9

Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

For whatever reason, I have a good feeling about this weekend. How long until it all comes crashing down?

Last Week: 7-2 (5-4-0 ATS)

Season: 59-13 (38-31-3 ATS)

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-10) @ Virginia Cavaliers

Traditionally speaking, Tech doesn't win in Charlottesville, for whatever reason. It's like if this were a video game, the players' ratings would all go down a solid 15 points upon entering Scott Field. It's weird. This time is different though. Virginia is struggling hard, while Tech is looking to continue building momentum. Jackets roll.

Yellow Jackets cover 10.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ (7) Miami Hurricanes (-24)

Wake Forest right now is like a little, scrappy, 150-pound fighter going up against a 300-pounder in this one. It makes no sense that they should even have a shot. However, they've scrapped together a 4-3 record, somehow, and Miami is coming off an extremely close call in Chapel Hill. This is a huge line for the Hurricanes to cover. Give me Wake against the spread, but I'll be shocked to see Miami lose.

Demon Deacons cover 24, Miami wins straight up.

Pittsburgh Panthers (-5) @ Navy Midshipmen

Pittsburgh has been a really weird team this year, and I'm really starting to think they're not a very good team. I've picked them to cover the spread 5 times, and have been wrong on 3 of them. That makes me hesitant to pick them here once more. However, their rushing defense is fairly decent, and Navy isn't lighting up anyone's radars either. I think this is the game where Pitt tries to man up and make a statement, but I don't see them winning by more than 2 scores.

Panthers cover 5.

NC State Wolfpack @ (2) Florida State Seminoles (-32)

Florida State is wreaking complete havoc on their opponents right now on all fronts, and they'll be looking for revenge after the Wolfpack ruined their season last year. Meanwhile, NC State doesn't have much offense to speak of, and may well get shut out on the road. Seminoles win big.

Seminoles cover 32.

(9) Clemson Tigers (-16) @ Maryland Terrapins

Maryland has been terrible in conference play, and I have a feeling that Clemson is looking to air some frustrations after last week.

Tigers cover 16.

Boston College Eagles @ North Carolina Tar Heels (-7)

North Carolina is coming off of a nightmarish game against Miami, where they led after 59 minutes and then lost. They've still yet to win since the Georgia Tech game. Boston College has played everyone extremely tough this year, and I have a feeling the Tar Heels might start to quit on themselves.

Eagles cover 7 and win straight up.

Duke Blue Devils @ (14) Virginia Tech Hokies (-13)

Virginia Tech is on something of an inexplicable roll this season. Their offense has been straight-up bad, while their defense is completely dominant. It's all very confusing. Duke's most impressive offensive performance thus far may have been against Virginia last week, and if not it was probably in a loss against Pittsburgh when they scored 55. The Hokies will win here though, and I don't see Duke scoring much against the #2-ranked defense in the country.

Hokies cover 13.

Tennessee Volunteers @ (1) Alabama Crimson Tide (-28)

Don't underestimate Tennessee here. They've played some good games against some tough teams, and this would be a huge line for Alabama to cover. I'm going out on a bit of a limb here and saying Tennessee covers the 28, but that Alabama still wins comfortably.

Volunteers cover 28, Alabama wins straight up.

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