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ACC Report - Week 1

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SEC Report

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The Atlantic Coast Conference kicked off the season with a pair of games Thursday. North Carolina took it on the chops, losing to South Carolina 27-10 in their first test of the 2013 season. Meanwhile, Wake Forest turned aside Presbyterian by a 31-7 score, but the Demon Deacons still have much work to do. There are all kinds of outstanding matchups in the first weekend of ACC play, including the big one in Death Valley between Clemson and Georgia. Don't sleep on the Louisiana Tech-NC State game, either. That could be a very interesting matchup.

2012 ACC STANDINGS
Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Boston College 2-10 1-7 4-8 5-6
Clemson 11-2 7-1 9-4 6-6
Duke 6-7 3-5 6-7 9-2-1
Florida State 12-2 8-1 4-9 6-5-1
Georgia Tech 7-7 5-4 9-5 7-6
Maryland 4-8 2-6 6-6 6-5
Miami (Fla.) 7-5 5-3 9-3 6-5
North Carolina 8-4 5-3 6-6 7-4
North Carolina State 7-6 4-4 5-7-1 5-7
Virginia 4-8 2-6 2-9-1 5-6
Virginia Tech 7-6 4-4 4-9 6-6
Wake Forest 5-7 3-5 5-7 4-7

Florida Atlantic at Miami, Fl.  (*Friday - ESPNU, 8:00 p.m. ET)
The Hurricanes enter the season as the favorites in the ACC's Coastal Division, but there are plenty of questions to be answered before they get into the meat of their schedule. It all starts and stops with QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson, who might be one of the top tailbacks in the nation. The young Owls will look to keep the Canes off balance with a multi-pronged QB attack, as head coach Bo Pelini gets his inexperienced Owls some much-needed experience. FAU is 1-25 all-time against teams from BCS conferences, and that doesn't figure to improve Friday.

Louisiana Tech at North Carolina State (12:30 p.m. ET)
This is the undercard game in the ACC, and one of the most underrated of the weekend. The Bulldogs invade Carter-Finley Stadium as two-touchdown underdogs, but it would be ise for the Wolfpack not to underestimate their first opponent. La. Tech posted nine victories last season. The Dave Doeren era begins in Raleigh, and there are questions as to who will replace the departed QB Mike Glennon. It appears Brandon Mitchell is the favorite, but don't count out Pete Thomas either. Louisiana Tech is 0-5 ATS in their past five non-conference games, while NC State is 1-3-1 ATS in their past five out of conference.

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Syracuse vs. Penn State (ABC, 3:30p.m. ET)

It's going to take some getting used to when referring to the Orange as an ACC team. Heck, I am old school, and it is still weird calling Penn State a Big Ten team. The Orange hit the reset button in more ways than one, as they had to replace head coach Doug Marrone and QB Ryan Nassib, both of whom left for the NFL. Scott Shafer takes over for 'Cuse, and he has not yet handed the keys over to one quarterback in particular. QBs Drew Allen and Terrel Hunt are in the mix for snaps. Penn State was expected to struggle last season after the NCAA's penalty for the Jerry Sandusky situation, but they were an impressive 8-4. Penn State is 9-1-1 ATS in their past 11 games, but they are 5-12 in their past 17 non-conference tilts. The 'over' might be the play here, as there over was 4-0 in Syracuse's final four games, and the over cashed in seven of Penn State's final eight in 2012.

Brigham Young at Virginia (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Vegas has set the line for this game as a pick 'em, and not many bettors are giving the homestanding Cavaliers a lot of credit. It's a nearly 2-to-1 edge for the road team in the eyes of Joe Q. Public. Maybe bettors are being swayed by the fact UVA was atrocious last season, and they are 0-7-1 ATS in their past eight non-conference games. The Cavaliers are also 0-7-1 ATS in their past eight home games, while BYU is 14-6 ATS in their past 20, and a perfect 7-0 ATS in their past seven games played in the month of August.

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (ESPN, 5:30 p.m.)
The defending national champs open up their title defense in familiar territory, under the roof of the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. Neutral site games have been a friend to Bama lately, as they are 7-1 ATS in their past eight neutral site tilts. If the trends are any indication, this one could get ugly. Virginia Tech is just 1-3-1 ATS in their past five neutral site battles, and they're 2-7-1 ATS in their past 10 non-conference games. The Crimson Tide will rely upon a two-headed backfield of T.J. Yeldon and true freshman Derrick Henry. For the Hokies, QB Logan Thomas is a star in the making. However, the running game might be hurt if starting RB J.C. Coleman (ankle) is not ready. Alabama has won 11 of the previous 12 meetings in this series.

Georgia at Clemson (ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET)
The house will be shaking in the upstate, as Georgia invades Death Valley to tangle with Clemson in a battle of Top 10 teams. The Bulldogs have plenty of big-time aspirations, and they'll go as far as QB Aaron Murray will take them. The same holds true on the other side of the field, as Clemson's hopes hinge on the right arm and legs of QB Tajh Boyd. This is the first meeting in 10 years between the relative neighbors, and UGA leads the all-time series 41-17-4. The difference in this one could be in the secondary for Georgia. They have just one starter, CB Damian Swann, returning. Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins will look to exploit that inexperience.

Other Games
Elon at Georgia Tech (12:00 p.m. ET )
Villanova at Boston College (12:00 p.m. ET)
Florida Int'l at Maryland (ESPNU, 12:30 p.m. ET)
North Carolina Central at Duke (4:00 p.m. ET)
Florida State at Pittsburgh (*Monday - ESPN, 8:00 p.m. ET)

  
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