ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 5

ACC college football game previews and schedule for Week 5 of the 2022 season

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 5 games, highlighted by NC State at Clemson, Wake Forest at Florida State and Virginia at Duke


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Results So Far
Straight Up 39-8, ATS 21-24-2, o/u 35-11-1 

Saturday, October 1

Louisville at Boston College

12:00, ACC Network
Line: Louisville -15.5, o/u: 51

Wake Forest at Florida State

3:30, ABC
Line: Florida State -7, o/u: 64

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

3:30, ACC Network
Line: North Carolina -9.5, o/u: 51.5

Wagner at Syracuse

5:00, ACC Network/ESPN+
Line: Syracuse -55, o/u: 60

NC State at Clemson

7:30, ABC
Line: Clemson -6.5, o/u: 39.5

Virginia at Duke

7:30, ESPN3
Line: Duke -2.5, o/u: 49

Georgia Tech at Pitt

8:00, ACC Network
Line: Pitt -22, o/u: 49

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Clemson vs NC State Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs NC State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

Clemson vs NC State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Saturday, October 1


Clemson vs NC State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Clemson (4-0), NC State (4-0)
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Clemson vs NC State Game Preview

Why NC State Will Win

Devin Leary. Your table is ready.

The NC State quarterback pulled off the win over the Tigers last year with a brilliant 238-yard day with four touchdowns, but he has yet to get going against anyone good.

Oh sure, he took target practice against UConn and Charleston Southern, but he struggled against East Carolina and only hit the short-range throws against Texas Tech.

Clemson has an NFL defensive front, and the offense has started to put it all together, but the secondary is getting ripped.

Furman threw too easily, Louisiana Tech bombed away for over 300 yards, and Sam Hartman earned himself a job in some NFL team’s quarterback room with a 337-yard, six-touchdown day last week.

The Wolfpack defense has been every bit the wall it was expected to be. It came up with four takeaways in the 27-14 win over Texas Tech, the secondary has seven picks on the year, and the run defense is holding up well.

On the other side, the offensive line has been great in pass protection giving Leary time, but …

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Why Clemson Will Win

DJ Uiagalelei is starting to ball out.

He has been much maligned for not being consistent, the offense not moving well enough, and for not being likely-star-in-waiting Cade Klubnik, but the team needed him to show up against Wake Forest and he came through large.

For all the slings and arrow, he’s hitting 64% of his passes for 1,033 yards and ten scores with just one pick – and with 169 yards and a rushing score – in four games.

Now it’s redemption time.

Leary was fantastic, the NC State defense was great, and Clemson still almost won last year even though Uiagalelei had an awful day in the 27-21 double overtime loss.

The offensive line has been good enough in pass protection, the running game has been solid, and the Clemson defensive front seven is the Clemson defensive front seven.

The secondary might be having issues, but the defensive line isn’t allowing much of anything on the ground and it’s making a slew of plays in the backfield.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Clemson defense is going to get it done in what should be lousy conditions. It’s not supposed to be too bad by game time, but it’ll definitely be wet out.

Leary will be good against the struggling Clemson secondary, but for the first time this year the running game will have to deal with a brick wall of a defensive front.

For all of Clemson’s sputters and coughs on offense, it’s not turning the ball over enough to matter.

No, the O won’t be held to 215 yards of total offense this time around. It won’t go off, but it’ll be good enough to let the defense take care of the rest.

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Clemson vs NC State Prediction, Line

Clemson 27, NC State 23
Line: Clemson -6.5, o/u: 39.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Clemson vs NC State Must See Rating (out of 5): 5

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Clemson vs Wake Forest Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs Wake Forest game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

Clemson vs Wake Forest prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


Clemson vs Wake Forest How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Truist Field, Winston-Salem, NC
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Clemson (3-0), Wake Forest (3-0)
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Clemson vs Wake Forest Game Preview

Why Clemson Will Win

The defense has been suffocating.

Louisiana Tech kept throwing in the 48-20 loss to the Tigers, but that didn’t matter – 14 points came late when the game was well out of reach.

Star DT Bryan Bresee is back on campus after being out last week following the tragic loss of his sister, the run defense is allowing just 2.4 yards per carry, and the takeaways are flowing.

No, the Tigers haven’t faced an offense like Wake Forest will bring, but the pass rush that hasn’t needed to turn it loose is about to step up, the secondary should be able to hold up, and there’s no fear of stopping the run.

The Demon Deacons will give it a shot, but the ground attack won’t go anywhere. Fortunately for them …

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Why Wake Forest Will Win

Sam Hartman stepped back in and rocked without skipping a beat.

He missed the opener against VMI as he worked to get past a blood clotting problem, and then hit Vanderbilt and Liberty for 625 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Demon Deacon offense will push a Clemson defense that hasn’t seen anything like this so far, but it’ll be the other side of the ball that has to step up.

Clemson’s O has put up points, but it’s been a grind to get there. There’s no appreciable downfield passing game, the running game was just okay until last week, and if it’s possible to score 124 points in three games and be underwhelming, this team has done it.

Hartman and the Demon Deacon offense has to crank up the pressure. Clemson hasn’t needed to come up with a drive that matters so far this year, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s Clemson vs Wake Forest. Clemson has won 13 straight in the series and 15 of the last 17. It’s going to take something amazing for Wake Forest to pull this off.

The Clemson defense is about to turn it up a few notches. As is it’s fantastic, but it hasn’t done much to get to the quarterback – that’s about to change.

The offense that found a nice balance over the last two games will pound away, it won’t turn the ball over like the Demon Deacons need – they’ve come up with seven takeaways over the last two games – and after a fun and wild first part of the game, things will settle in.

The Clemson defense will settle in.

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Clemson vs Wake Forest Prediction, Line

Clemson 34, Wake Forest 23
Line: Clemson -7, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Clemson vs Wake Forest Must See Rating (out of 5): 4

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ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 4

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 4 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Virginia at Syracuse, Notre Dame at North Carolina, and Boston College at Florida State


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Results So Far
Straight Up 29-7, ATS 17-18-1, o/u 27-8-1 

Thursday, September 22

West Virginia at Virginia Tech

7:30, ESPN
Line: West Virginia -1.5, o/u: 51.5

Friday, September 23

Virginia at Syracuse

7;00, ESPN
Line: Syracuse -9, o/u: 51.5

Saturday, September 24

Clemson at Wake Forest

12:00, ABC
Line: Clemson -7, o/u: 55.5

Rhode Island at Pitt

12:00, ACC Network
Line: TBA, o/u: TBA

Duke at Kansas

12:00, FS1
Line: Kansas -7.5, o/u: 66.5

USF at Louisville

12:00, ESPN3
Line: Louisville -14.5, o/u: 64.5

Middle Tennessee at Miami

3:30, ACC Network
Line: Miami -25.5, o/u: 53.5

Notre Dame at North Carolina

3:30, ABC
Line: North Carolina -1.5, o/u: 53.5

Georgia Tech at UCF

4:00, ESPNU
Line: UCF -20, o/u: 56.5

UConn at NC State

7:30, ESPN3
Line: NC State -39, o/u: 49.5

Boston College at Florida State

8:00, ACC Network
Line: Florida State -17.5, o/u: 48.5

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ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 3

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Purdue at Syracuse, Texas Tech at NC State, and Miami at Texas A&M

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Boston College at Virginia Tech, Tennessee at Pitt, and Louisville at UCF


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Results So Far
Straight Up 19-5, ATS 13-10-1, o/u 19-5

Friday, September 16

Florida State at Louisville

7:30, ESPN
Line: Florida State -2.5, o/u: 57

Saturday, September 17

Wofford at Virginia Tech

11:00, ACC Network
Line: Virginia Tech -38, o/u: 47.5

Purdue at Syracuse

12:00, ESPN2
Line: Purdue -1, o/u: 58.5

Old Dominion at Virginia

2:00, ACC Network
Line: Virginia -8.5, o/u: 53

Ole Miss at Georgia Tech

3:30, ABC
Line: Ole Miss -16.5, o/u: 65

Liberty at Wake Forest

5:00, ACC Network
Line: Wake Forest -16.5, o/u: 63

North Carolina A&T at Duke

6:00, ACC Network/ESPN+
Line: Duke -27.5, o/u: 53.5

Texas Tech at NC State

7:00, ESPN2
Line: NC State -10, o/u: 56

Pitt at Western Michigan

7:30, ESPNU
Line: Pitt -10.5, o/u: 47.5

Maine at Boston College

7:30, ESPN3
Line: Boston College -31.5, o/u: 46

Louisiana Tech at Clemson

8:00, ACC Network
Line: Clemson -33.5, o/u: 53.5

Miami at Texas A&M

9:00, ESPN
Line: Texas A&M -5, o/u: 45

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Clemson vs Louisiana Tech Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs Louisiana Tech game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17

Clemson vs Louisiana Tech prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


Clemson vs Louisiana Tech How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Clemson (2-0), Louisiana Tech (1-1)
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Clemson vs Louisiana Tech Game Preview

Why Louisiana Tech Will Win

Sonny Cumbie’s team has been solid so far offensively.

The Bulldogs might have lost at Missouri, but the passing game came up with 336 yards and three scores. In the win over Stephen F. Austin, the ground attack hit 300 yards.

The defense might have had issues against Mizzou, but it changed up fast with a good day and four takeaways in last week’s win.

The D has to keep forcing mistakes – six takeaways so far – Clemson isn’t controlling the clock, and the downfield passing game still isn’t there. But …

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Why Clemson Will Win

The Louisiana Tech run defense isn’t working.

Missouri did whatever it wanted to on the ground, and Stephen F. Austin averaged close to four yards per carry. There might be plays in the backfield, but the sacks aren’t there to bother the Tiger quarterbacks.

Forget about any Bulldog running yards. It might have rolled last week, but it only came up with eight net yards against Missouri – that’s more like what the O is going to be against the better teams.

After a rough day against Georgia Tech – even in a 41-10 win – Clemson wasn’t amazing against Furman, but the ground attack was great, DJ Uiagalelei hit 78% of his throws and was better down the field, and the team looked the part.

The O will be fine, the D will be great, and it’s going to be tough for Louisiana Tech’s lines to hold up.

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What’s Going To Happen

Clemson will be playing with a heavy heart with star DT Bryan Bresee going through the pain of losing his sister to cancer this week. Not that a tragedy like that should have any bearing on a silly game, but the entire tone of the day will be more respectful than raucous.

In the game itself, the Clemson defensive front will keep Louisiana Tech from doing much of anything right, Uiagalelei will have another strong day, and the team will keep on winning – even if it’s not always perfect.

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Clemson vs Louisiana Tech Prediction, Line

Clemson 44, Lousiana Tech 10
Line: Clemson -33.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Clemson vs Louisiana Tech Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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ACC Predictions, Schedule, Game Previews, Lines, TV: Week 2

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Boston College at Virginia Tech, Tennessee at Pitt, and Louisville at UCF

ACC schedule and previews for all of the Week 2 games of the 2022 season, highlighted by Boston College at Virginia Tech, Tennessee at Pitt, and Louisville at UCF


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Results So Far
Straight Up 10-4, ATS 9-5, o/u 11-3

Friday, September 9

Louisville at UCF

7:30, ESPN2
Line: UCF -6.5, o/u: 61.5

Saturday, September 10

Southern Miss at Miami

12:00, ACC Network
Line:Miami -25.5, o/u: 54.5

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt

12:00, SEC Network
Line: Wake Forest -9.5, o/u: 60.5

Duke at Northwestern

12:00, FS1
Line: Northwestern -10, o/u: 56.5

North Carolina at Georgia State

12:00, ESPNU
Line: North Carolina -7.5, o/u: 66

Charleston Southern at NC State

7:00, ESPN3
Line: NC State -44.5, o/u: 54

Furman at Clemson

3:30, ACC Network
Line: Clemson -44.5, o/u: 51.5

Tennessee at Pitt

3:30, ABC
Line: Tennessee -6.5, o/u: 66

Virginia at Illinois

4:00, ESPNU
Line: Illinois -5, o/u: 53.5

Syracuse at UConn

7:00, CBS Sports Network
Line: Syracuse -23.5, o/u: 49.5

Western Carolina at Georgia Tech

7:00, ACC Network/ESPN+
Line: Georgia Tech -21, o/u: 71

Boston College at Virginia Tech

8:00, ACC Network
Line: Virginia Tech -3, o/u: 46

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Clemson vs Furman Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs Furman game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

Clemson vs Furman prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


Clemson vs Furman How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ACC Network
Record: Clemson (1-0), Furman (1-0)
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Clemson vs Furman Game Preview

Why Furman Will Win

The Paladins got their fun out of the way in the opener with a 52-0 whacking of North Greenville. The defense got into the scoring act, the quarterbacks were sharp, and now it all has to come together fast against a Clemson team coming off a short week.

Furman has to take advantage of any and every opportunity. It starts with forcing the Tiger offense to continue to try dinking and dunking, holding up against the run is a must, and controlling the clock as much as possible would be nice.

Be patient. This Tiger defense isn’t going to allow much, but a few moments will be there. This offense is good enough to take advantage of the opportunities.

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Why Clemson Will Win

The defense will take care of everything. Now the offense has to open it up more.

DJ Uiagalelei wasn’t sharp, but his receivers didn’t give him any semblance of help – there were too many passes that hit the targets in the hands and dropped.

The team ended up winning easily in the 41-10 opener against Georgia Tech, but the defense made sure there weren’t any issues. This is the game for Uiagalelei to silence the critics – at least for a week – or else …

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What’s Going To Happen

Cole Klubnik. The announcing team for the Georgia Tech game, and most of social media, couldn’t bench Uiagalelei fast enough for the superstar freshman prospect. Klubnik came in late against the backups, rolled to a quick scoring drive, and now there’s a real controversy.

Both quarterbacks will shine in this, but once again, it’ll be the Clemson defense that’s the star.

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Clemson vs Furman Prediction, Line

Clemson 49, Furman 3
Line: Clemson -44.5, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Clemson vs Furman Must See Rating (out of 5): 1.5

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Clemson vs Georgia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

Clemson vs Georgia Tech game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Monday, September 5

Clemson vs Georgia Tech prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Monday, September 5


Clemson vs Georgia Tech How To Watch

Date: Monday, September 5
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Atlanta, GA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Clemson (0-0), Georgia Tech (0-0)
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Clemson vs Georgia Tech Game Preview

Why Georgia Tech Will Win

The Yellow Jackets gave the Tigers a rough time last year.

They lost 14-8, but the defense was strong, and there were chances to pull off the shocker.

Even with Jahmyr Gibbs off to Alabama, the running backs are good enough to at least give it a shot against the amazing Clemson defensive front. If they can do anything, veteran QB Jeff Sims might be able to do just enough to keep the chains moving.

There won’t be a whole lot of big things happening against the Tiger D, and it’s up to the Tiger O to prove it can do a whole lot more after a rocky season.

The Yellow Jackets have a good enough linebacking corps to hold up against the Clemson ground game, and there’s still a big Prove It factor for QB DJ Uiagalelei and a passing attack that couldn’t move the chains.

The Tiger offense has to start working much, much better, or else …

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Why Clemson Will Win

It probably won’t matter. The Clemson defense will clean up any messes the other side makes.

It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the Tiger D – at least the line – will be the best in America after finishing eighth overall. It produced even with a slew of injuries up front.

Georgia Tech doesn’t have a high-powered passing game – even though Sims is just that good – and it’s going to be a grind to generate any points.

Clemson doesn’t have to go off for 45 to win this. As long as DJ Uiagalelei is hitting his third down throws and not turning it over, the other side will take care of the rest.

However …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Clemson passing game is going to show up.

You don’t think this bunch is a tad bit peeved after hearing for seven months about how awful things were through the air against everyone but UConn?

It might not be anything amazing quite yet, but there will be plenty of points – along with real, live downfield completions.

The ground attack will be fine, the defensive front won’t allow a thing, and the team will build on the strong end to 2021 with a dominant performance.

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Clemson vs Georgia Tech Prediction, Line

Clemson 45, Georgia Tech 10
Line: Clemson -23, o/u: 51
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Clemson vs Georgia Tech Must See Rating: 2.5

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5 College Football Power Five Rebound Teams For 2022

Which teams in the Power Five conferences should rebound from a mediocre 2021 and make a whole lot of noise?

Which teams in the Power Five conferences should bounce back big after a disappointing 2022? Here are five teams that should rebound.


You just knew 2021 would bounce back to normal – and it did, at least until the bowl season.

2020 was such an insane outlier of a year in every possible way thanks to the imbalanced schedules, teams that had to tap out, and with the transfer portal starting to take off.

Into the void stepped Iowa State and Indiana as they got a whole lot of preseason love and affection, and then … pffffffffft. The air quickly went out of the balloon for them and several other programs.

On the flip side of that were the teams that fizzled in 2020 but went back to their normal selves, and in some cases, were better.

For the most part, last year’s 5 Teams That Will Rebound was close to the pin.

Louisville? Not so much in a 6-7 season, but Tennessee (compared to the expectations and the 3-7 2020, boom), Penn State (smaller bang), Wisconsin (medium boom), and Michigan (an earth-shattering, illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator producing ka-BOOOM)? Yeah, they all improved.

Here are five teams that should rebound from a relatively down 2021. The list is based on last year’s preseason ranking going from the bottom up, starting with …

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Texas Longhorns

2021 Preseason Ranking
AP (21), Coaches (19)
Final Record: 5-7

What Went Wrong? 

Texas continued its long-standing policy of being a tackling-optional football school.

The offense was good enough – even if it was a tad inconsistent – but the defense finished eighth in the Big 12, Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams took away the run D’s purpose in life, and meaningful third down stops were a rumor.

Things aren’t exactly working out when you’re giving up 57 points at home in a loss to Kansas.

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Why 2022 Will Be Better: Returning Talent

Steve Sarkisian’s second year should be a whole lot stronger for one big reason – the offense might be Texas defense-proof.

The Longhorn D will be better. The linebacking corps has experience to go along with a nice transfer portal get in Diamone Tucker-Dorsey from James Madison, the line at least has guys who look the part of big-time talents, and the secondary could be one of the team’s hidden gems.

But it doesn’t matter because the O should go ballistic.

Don’t discount the concept that Ohio State transfer QB Quinn Ewers might be everything Longhorn fans are hoping for Arch Manning – he’s not coming aboard until next year – to be and more.

Getting WR Isaiah Neyor from Wyoming to go along with Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington is almost unfair, and RB Bijan Robinson should be in an NFL camp right now.

Why 2022 Will Be Better: Schedule 
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The schedule really wasn’t the issue last season, and this time around there’s the Week 2 two-piece coming from Alabama. However, the Baylor game is in Austin, the first seven games of the year are in the state of Texas, and having to go to Kansas State and Kansas isn’t that bad.

It’s not like having to go to Georgia and LSU, which the program might have to do in the near future.

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