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Week-11 picks: Heels, Pack, TCU

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•Florida State (8-1) at Virginia Tech (4-5), Thursday 7:30

Too bad we can’t turn the clock back to August. This looked like a heck of game back then. Now the Hokies can hope to spoil a party and stay alive in the bowl hunt. They are 4-0 in Blacksburg, but that’s 4-0 going on 4-1.

Noles, 24-14.

•Georgia Tech (4-5) at UNC (6-3), Saturday 12:30

The Tar Heels had an open date to prepare for the dive, keep, pitch, end-around routine. Meanwhile, the Jackets don’t execute the deep seam and flag pass routes that have punished Carolina’s defense.

Heels, 28-20.

•Wake Forest (5-4) at N.C. State (5-4), Saturday 3

You have to assume it’s now or never time for the Wolfpack. Next, you have to assume Wake has spent the week preparing a cover-4, umbrella defensive backfield scheme. Finally, you have to assume State has spent the week devising a mid-range passing strategy to combat cover-4.

So, it comes down to which team can do just enough in the run game and shows up with a pulse.

I’ve got to believe State will hang on at least for one more week. Pack, 24-21.

•Miami (5-4) at Virginia (3-6), Saturday noon

The Hurricanes aren’t very good and may never be again but I don’t think they’re going to lose another regular-season game and will wind up facing Florida State in Charlotte unless they declare themselves ineligible.

Miami, 27-17.

•Kansas State (9-0) at TCU (6-3), Saturday 7

Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein is from Loveland, Colo., which may explain why Heisman voters are falling in love with his season. It’s been a heck of a ride, but he's banged up and logically the Wildcats just  cannot be a 12-0 team.

Frogmen, 42-38.

•Last week: 5 up, 2 down. Season 45-16.

 

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Columnist Caulton Tudor has worked for The News & Observer or The Raleigh Times for more than 30 years. Follow him on Twitter @CaultonTudor
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