The ACC has proven to be one of the weaker conferences in college football.Time again, they get embarrassed in non-conference play and continue to prove that they’re not worthy of being in the conversation along with the Big 12 and SEC.

College Football Betting – Saturday Three-Game Parlay  

Nonetheless, there appears to be some good value in some of the ACC conference games this week. Let’s have a look and see if we can connect on a three-game parlay. 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets @ Clemson Tigers 

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It's true that Georgia Tech ambushed Clemson last year. It's also true that Clemson will have only one week to prepare for Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, which is a big reason why a number of teams struggle against Georgia Tech – even on occasions when the larger calculus suggests that the Yellow Jackets should get bombed. 

However, with all of these things having been said, Clemson's offense is operating at a very high level right now. The Tigers haven't made a misstep on this side of the ball in 2012. They will probably give up more than 24 points to Georgia Tech but they are likely to score more than 42. 

Georgia Tech can play well in this game and still get thumped, because its defense – which surrendered over 40 points in each of its last two games – is awful at the moment. Conceding 49 points to a lower-tier Sun Belt Conference opponent like Middle Tennessee shows that Georgia Tech's defense is in no shape to defend the potent assemblage of talent that Clemson can put on the field this weekend. 

The Tigers are favored in the betting odds by 10.5 in this contest. Expect them to run away with this game. Also, you might want to consider the over. 

Free Pick: Clemson -10.5 

Virginia Cavaliers @ Duke Blue Devils 

There's going to be a lot of excitement in the air for this off-the-radar ACC encounter between two lower-tier Coastal Division clubs. The excitement, though, is not on Virginia's side of the divide. 

The fascinating team in this matchup is Duke, which has bolted to a 4-1 start under head coach David Cutcliffe and has a chance to gain a 5-1 record by the midpoint of the season. That would put the Blue Devils one win away from bowl eligibility. It would be a coup for Duke to make a bowl game considering they have not played in a bowl game since 1994. 

Duke has a chance in this contest because Virginia, which won eight games and reached a bowl in a pleasantly surprising 2011 season, has not been the same team. A weak defense and a flood of turnovers have derailed the Cavaliers' plans for sustained achievement, putting this game in the "toss-up" category. One has to think, though, that Duke has to show it can win a big game before it can be trusted. Expect Virginia to make a few key plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a road win in Durham, N.C.

Pick: Virginia +2 

Florida State Seminoles @ North Carolina State Wolfpack 


The Wolfpack have been a huge disappointment this season. This was supposed to be Tom O’Brien’s best cast yet and quarterback Sean Glennon was supposed to be a difference-maker. Instead, the Wolfpack are just 3-2 with the three wins coming against The Citadel, South Alabama and Connecticut. Against borderline respectable teams like Miami and Tennessee, the Wolfpack has lost both times while allowing a combined 79 points. Meanwhile, Glennon has yet to prove that he can elevate the players around him.The Florida State Seminoles relaxed last week against South Florida, drained by their big win over Clemson the week before. Florida State should be mentally fresh for this ACC contest. 

The Woflpack’s pass defense is a wreck right now and that spells trouble considering they are facing the No. 3 team in the country. The Seminoles are laying 14.5 points on the road and considering they had their let down last week. Look for them to keep their foot on the gas in this one.

Pick: Florida State -14.5

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