Taylor’s Tuesday Top 25, College and Pro Picks: ACC’s Big Matchup

by Taylor Zarzour
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The winner of Saturday night’s Clemson vs Florida State game will be the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first legitimate national title contender in over a decade. The league has wallowed in mediocrity for far too long due to average coaching. Now, Jimbo Fisher or Dabo Swinney has a chance to change that perception by validating a win on Saturday night. So, no matter who wins what I think will be a one score game, they must run the table after that. Anything less will feel a lot like every other ACC football season in this century.

68-13, 37-32 ATS
UNC +8, Miami wins
Duke +2 at UVA
Wake +6.5 vs Maryland
ECU -20.5 vs S Miss
Cocks -7 at Vols
Gators -3 at Mizzu
Stanford -4 vs UCLA
FSU -2.5 at Clemson

Top 25
Ore, Bama, FSU, Clem, UCLA, LSU, Ohio st, Mizzu, L’ville, Miami, A&M, S Caro, Baylor, Stan, T Tech, NIU, Fresno, VT, Aub, Okla, Okla St, Wisc, UGA, UCF, Fla.

Mike Shula and Ron Rivera called a perfect game on Sunday. Shula allowed Cam Newton to be an athlete, fed DeAngelo Williams the football, and utilized his battering ram of a fullback in Mike Tolbert. All of this set up Newton for some easy downfield throws. That’s exactly the recipe for big time success from Newton. More importantly, Rivera believed in his team on two separate fourth downs. If the Carolina Panthers have any prayer of becoming a playoff contender this exact recipe must be prevalent every week, continuing against the Rams on Sunday.

62-30 on season
Sea at Arz
Cincy at Det
Mia over Buf
Pats at Jets
Sd at Jax
Atl over TB
Philly over Dallas
Bears at Skins
Panthers over Rams
SF at Tenn
Gb over Cle
KC over Hou
Pit over Balt
Den at Indy
NYG over Min


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