It’s been mostly quiet around here for the past two weeks. I took off for the bye week and this week has been very hectic with being out of town for work a few days and then having dinner club and a Darius Rucker concert the past two nights. I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do this week like a midseason report card, a UVA preview, an ACC standings update, the updated Spreadsheet, and of course my picks of the week. I have to leave for UVA soon so I’m gonna give you a CliffsNotes version of everything.
Offense: B- … Glennon has been okay, but not the level TOB hyped him up to be. The RBs, O-line, and WRs have been exciting some games and disappointing others.
Defense: D … The defense has been bad on all levels giving up an average of 30.2 points per game. The only reason this isn’t an F is because we’ve forced 11 turnovers largely thanks to David Amerson’s 6 INTs, which leads the country.
Special Teams: B … The Freshmen have been better than expected and T.J. Graham has been our best player. The coverage units have been very mediocre.
Coaching: F … There have been injuries, but the team has seemed under prepared all season. Coming out flat and getting behind in every game is a direct result of poor coaching.
Series Record: NC State leads 33-21-1 all time, but 0-5 last 5 games in Charlottesville (last win 1994).
Coach: Mike London (2nd season, 8-10)
Prediction: Virginia had a huge upset win last week at home over previously undefeated Georgia Tech while we were on bye. I think both of those play in our favor as Virginia will have to fight the letdown factor and we’ve had extra time to prepare. Call me crazy, but I think we break the Charlottesville losing streak.
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#6 Wisconsin (-7) at #16 Michigan State LOSS
#11 Kansas State at Kansas (+11) LOSS
#25 Washington (+20.5) at #8 Stanford LOSS
Season Record: 11-8-2 (2-1-0 last week)
Here’s a few leans for this week: Northwestern (+4.5) L, LSU (-20.5) W, Alabama (-29.5) W, Oklahoma State (-6.5) W, and NC State (+5.5) W. Season leans record: 15-18-0 (4-4-0 last week).