> Game of the Week
(9) Miami at Florida State
Miami and Florida State opened the 2004 season with the first-ever ACC battle between those two squads, the Hurricanes picking up a six-point victory. Larry Coker's squad will have to pay a visit to Tallahassee this fall, though.
It's been yet another tumultuous offseason for Bobby Bowden and company. QB Wyatt Sexton garnered national attention after a summer arrest before it was announced that he would miss the entire 2005 season due to illness. Star DB Antonio Cromartie suffered a knee injury in July and will also miss the entire season.
The Hurricanes also have some shoes to fill at the QB position after the departure of Brock Berlin. RB Frank Gore has also left Coral Gables, so many questions have to be answered for Miami as well.
Sexton wasn't that great of a QB when he was the starter, so prospects aren't too good for the new first-teamer. The overall talent, especially on defense and special teams, will win this game for the Hurricanes.
The Editor Says: Miami 17-9
> Next Five
(10) Bowling Green at Wisconsin
SCS.com Preseason All-American QB Omar Jacobs leads the Falcons into one of the toughest environments in college football. The Badgers look to be a middle-of-the-pack squad in the Big Ten this fall, and the MAC has a history of early-season upsets over BCS teams. In the first big upset special of the season, look for BGSU to stun Camp Randall.
The Editor Says: Bowling Green 34-24
(12) Boise State at (13) Georgia
Jared Zabransky is the latest in the line of successful Boise State QBs, and he starts out with the toughest season-opener in recent BSU history. Coach Mark Richt had a more eventful offseason than he might have liked, but he has one of the better defenses in the SEC this fall. The UGA stoppers will hold off the Broncos long enough to capture the victory.
The Editor Says: Georgia 27-21
(5) Virginia Tech at NC State
The departure of record-setting QB Philip Rivers left the 'Pack sitting at home last bowl season. They've had a year to recover and get things back in order, but the Hokies are just too good. If QB Marcus Vick, after a season away from football, gets his act together and lives up to potential, VT is a legitimate national title contender.
The Editor Says: Virginia Tech 27-10
Texas A&M at Clemson
Two of the country's most experienced QBs face off in this season-opening battle in Death Valley. The Tigers' Charlie Whitehurst failed to live up to expectations in 2004 but has the potential to be one of the ACC's better signal-callers. TAMU's Reggie McNeal has proven he can win through the air and on the ground. Aggies spoil the Tiger's evening.
The Editor Says: Texas A&M 31-21
Georgia Tech at Auburn
Georgia Tech was this site's sleeper pick in the ACC this fall. Though they are stuck in the extremely tough Coastal Division of the ACC, QB Reggie Ball, RB P.J. Daniels, and WR Calvin Johnson should all be among the conference's statistical leaders. Auburn didn't lose a game a season ago but will not have to wait long for that streak to end.
The Editor Says: Georgia Tech 24-20
> Predicting the Rest
Wake Forest over Vanderbilt
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