This article is part of our College Capper series.
Not a sterling week last week, but progress with three comfortable wins and two narrow misses. It's either the start of something, or we're about to come crashing back down. Fingers crossed! I'm ACC heavy this week, which is my territory. Further having me nervous thinking I know what's going to happen!
Virginia (-7) vs. Georgia Tech
The Jackets seem a bit Jekyll and Hyde, but as the conference season progresses, I'm expecting more regression than progression, as they just aren't ready to compete in the mid-to-upper tier of the ACC. Their pass defense has been shredded in the last three games, allowing 306 yards to UNC, 399 to Pitt, and 292 to Duke. That last number is particularly alarming as they travel to Charlottesville this Saturday. UVA boasts the nation's second-best passing attack that's averaging 405.9 yards per game and a 19:6 TD:INT ratio. The rushing attack isn't putrid, averaging 4.07 ypc while scoring 12 times. They're riding high too, having won and covered in three straight, sitting two games behind Pitt in the loss column in the Coastal. With two non-conference games up next before facing the Panthers, they can't afford to look ahead.
Clemson (+3.5) at Pittsburgh
Let's take a second to value what Clemson does well; play defense. They rank 2nd in points allowed (12.5 ppg), 27th in run defense (113.0 ypg, 3.1 ypc, 2 TDs) and 32nd against the pass (201.7 ypg, 5.7 ypa). And they haven't been at full health