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ACC Report - Week 3
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The Atlantic Coast Conference has really picked up some much-needed credibility over the first two weekends of the season. First off, Clemson slayed Georgia in a visit to Death Valley in Week 1, and then Miami held court at Land Shark Stadium last weekend against Florida. Two wins against some of the SEC's biggest names definitely has the ACC trending upward.

This weekend, there aren't many marquee games in the league, but Virginia Tech does have a difficult trip to Greenville against Conference USA's East Carolina, and Boston College could make waves by beating a wounded, yet still dangerous Southern California out on the coast.

Overall, the league went 8-3 straight-up and 6-5 ATS. Home teams went 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS, while road teams went 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 ATS. The 'under' went 7-4 in Week 2, with the 'under' going 4-4 at home.
Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Boston College 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-2
Clemson 2-0 0-0 1-1 2-0
Duke 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-2
Florida State 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0
Georgia Tech 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0
Maryland 2-0 0-0 2-0 1-1
Miami (Fla.) 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-2
North Carolina 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-2
North Carolina State 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-2
Pittsburgh 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0
Syracuse 0-2 0-0 1-1 1-1
Virginia 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-1
Virginia Tech 1-1 0-0 0-1-1 0-1-1
Wake Forest 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-2

Virginia Tech at East Carolina (Saturday - 12:00 p.m. ET)
Neither of these teams have been particularly strong against the spread in recent times in non-conference battles. The Hokies were crushed in their opener against Alabama, before pushing a 42-point spread against Western Carolina at Blackburg. The Hokies hit the road this weekend, and they better be ready for the Shane Carden-Justin Hardy connection. East Carolina has failed to cover either of their first two games against inferior opponents Old Dominion or Florida Atlantic, although they just missed covering by one point in each. In fact, FAU scored a late touchdown in the final moments for a backdoor cover last Thursday in Greenville. The 'under' might be the more sound play, as it is 12-5 in Virginia Tech's past 17 road games against a team with a winning home record, while the under is 5-1 in East Carolina's past six against ACC foes.

Boston College at Southern California (3:00 p.m. ET)
USC head coach Lane Kiffin is feeling an intense white-hot heat in L.A. following an uninspired 10-7 setback against Washington State last weekend. The Trojans look like they still have plenty of talent at the skill positions, but WR Marqise Lee has had a case of the dropsies on more than one occasion, and USC is not playing anywhere near their capabilities. USC is just 1-6 ATS in their past seven against a team with a winning record, they're 0-5 in their past five non-conference games and 0-5 in their past five games overall dating back to last season's stumbling down the stretch. BC looked solid last week against Wake, with RB Andre Williams running hot. The Eagles have offensive weapons in QB Chase Rettig and WR Alex Amidon, too, so it would be wise for USC not to write them off. However, over the years, Boston College has been a completely different animal on the road, failing to cover their past six road contests. This will be interesting to watch, if nothing more than to see what happens if USC loses another game at home when they enter play as a double-digit favorite. The boobirds will be out early if QB Cody Kessler doesn't get off to a hot start.

Georgia Tech at Duke (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Duke was mighty impressive hitting the road for a win last week, albeit against a less-than-stellar Memphis team. Still, this is Duke we're talking about, and they are usually a doormat. The Blue Devils lost QB Anthony Boone to a broken collarbone, however, and they will hand the reins over to QB Brandon Connette on a full-time basis. He has been impressive to date, but can he do well against a good team at home? The Yellow Jackets have covered five conference games in a row, and six of their past seven overall. Duke, on the other hand, has failed to cover each of its past four ACC games, and they're 0-4 ATS in their past four against teams with a winning record. If the Blue Devils are going to continue to gain credibility, covering an eight-point spread at home against a team they haven't fared well against over the years would be another big step forward. Georgia Tech is 7-2 ATS in the past eight meetings in this series.

Nevada at Florida State (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET)
The Wolf Pack continue their ambitious out-of-conference schedule, landing in Tallahassee Saturday. They've already faced a Top 25 team at UCLA, and they were smashed 58-20 back on Aug. 31. Nevada has plenty of firepower, and it all starts with QB Cody Fajardo. They are averaging 28.0 ppg, thanks to a 36-7 victory over Cal-Davis in Reno last weekend. Fajardo not only can do it with his arm, but he has three rushing touchdowns as well. Florida State has just one game under their belt, and QB Jameis Winston is already a legend in Tally. He helped work over Pittsburgh back on Sept. 2, leading the Seminoles to  377 passing yards in a 41-13 victory. Nevada is just 5-12-1 ATS in their past 18 non-conference games, and 1-5 ATS in their past six road contests.

Maryland at Connecticut (7:30 p.m. ET)
The Terrapins have been one of the bigger surprises in the ACC, and perhaps their hot start secretly has teams happy they will be leaving the league after this season. Maryland stomped Florida International in their first contest, and they roughed up Old Dominion last weekend. Connecticut opened their season Aug. 29 with a 33-18 setback against FCS opponent Towson, and have had more than two weeks to lick their wounds. Make no mistake, they'll be ready for the challenge from Maryland after pouring over video from their embarrassing loss. Of course, they had a whole summer to get ready for their opener and look how that turned out. UConn is just 2-7-1 ATS in their past 10 games overall, and 1-4-1 ATS in their past six at home. Maryland enters as a seven-point favorite, and the public has pounded the Terps at a nearly three-to-one clip.

Other Games
Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest (12:30 p.m. ET)
New Mexico at Pittsburgh (12:30 p.m. ET)
Wagner at Syracuse (4:00 p.m. ET)

Clemson, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia

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